Become a part of “Preparing to Teach the Next Generation 2017.”  The program for the Fourth Annual Summer Institute for Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (HSEP) for Maryland teachers promises to continue the tradition of first class professional development for teachers and administrators in the Maryland State Department of Education CTE HSEP Program.

Michael Harris, Communications Supervisor for Tennessee Emergency Management, will discuss the response and recovery efforts surrounding the Gatlinburg Wildland Fires which occurred in the Fall of 2016.  He will also outline the agency’s response to flooding in recent significant events.  The participants will travel to Ellicott City, Maryland, for a presentation and walking tour of the area of the recent flooding to discuss response and recovery. Thomas NcNeal, Deputy Director of the Howard County Office of Emergency Management, will coordinate the tour of the down town area effected by the flooding.

Taylor Kiland, author of Lessons from the Hanoi Hilton: Six Characteristics of High-Performance Teams, will lead a presentation on homeland security leadership. Robert Roller, DHS Division Chief for Strategy, Plans, Analysis, and Risk/Plans, will discuss how homeland security policy develops. Participants will have the opportunity to learn hands-on teaching techniques in forensics that will be useful in the classroom during a presentation by Jennifer Karschner, Forensic Specialist, for Montgomery County Police Department (Maryland).

Additional activities for the week include a presentation on teaching writing, a primer on public-private partnerships in public safety, HSEP program project overview for 2017, a student presentation on the value of internships, and updates from various federal and state agencies and organizations.

The Mid-Atlantic Center for Emergency Management (MACEM) at Frederick Community College (FCC) coordinates the Summer Institute in the role of the higher education affiliate for the MSDE CTE HSEP program.  In addition to the Summer Institute, MACEM is developing resources to support the HSEP classroom including videos and open educational resource lists. MACEM recently added a K-12 Educators section to their Blog located at The MACEM Blog provides current information and discussion on homeland security and emergency management including special sections on Public-Private Partnerships and K-12 Educators.

Questions concerning the Summer Institute or other MACEM activities may be directed to Steve Carter at or 240-628-7986.


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