The Baltimore Robotics Center is rebooting competitions this fall


As virtual learning becomes the new normal, extracurriculars of the old world are beginning to plan how they’ll function during the pandemic.

Robotics competitions were typically held in school gyms with hundreds of spectators and competitors coming from different areas to compete.

School Spirit: Students at Bryn Mawr, Gilman and RPCS


Resilient, thoughtful, resourceful and spirited, today’s independent school students juggle academics, extracurriculars, service and leadership. Meet upper school students from Bryn Mawr, Gilman and Roland Park Country School whose passion for and commitment to their school communities are evident in all they do.

CCBC Offers New Certification in TESOL!


There are so many people, both here and abroad, who want to learn English that it opens up a wide range of teaching opportunities.

Now is a great time to start your training in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages).  CCBC Continuing Education offers a workforce training certificate program in this high-demand teaching area, whether you are an adult seeking a new career, want a career change or desire meaningful skills to fill volunteer opportunities.

Skills training in TESOL can open many doors for you, including tutoring new immigrants, pursuing English teaching overseas or gaining skills to work more effectively with co-workers who may have been born abroad and for whom English is not their first language.

Our 2020-2021 Guide to Baltimore Independent Schools is out


Our fifth annual Baltimore Fishbowl Guide to Independent Schools releases to the public today. Over the next few weeks, we’ll share on Baltimore Fishbowl stories you’ll find in the guide about the students, teachers, administrators, and programs that make up the independent school community. Check out the digital version above, and read our Notes from the Editor, below, to learn more about this year’s guide.

Maryland University Staff Describe Unsafe Conditions

Shower curtains act as barriers in financial aid and admissions offices at Frostburg State University.

Maryland’s public universities have for months strategized about ways to keep students and faculty safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. But staff members who provide essential services, from housekeeping to IT, at many of those universities say their schools’ leaders have treated their safety and wellbeing as afterthoughts.

Still Learning Together: Beth Tfiloh Provides an Education for Life


From the moment the COVID-19 pandemic came into sight last spring, Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School’s leadership and faculty singularly focused their efforts directly at caring for students and their families. Thanks to our talented and agile faculty and administration, BT was able to create a virtual academy replete with learning, connection, and growth for the youngest ones through graduating seniors.

Last week, we were excited to welcome our students back to our school campus in stages (subject to change, of course). “We’ve spent an enormous amount of time coming up with a reopening plan that takes into consideration, first and foremost, the health and wellness and wellbeing of our school community,” said Beth Tfiloh Director of Education Dr. Zipora Schorr.

In the fight against COVID, MOM rules


As the new school year begins, the agency that sets policy for Maryland’s colleges, universities and private career schools is reminding students not to forget about MOM. No, not that one. In this case, MOM stands for Masks on Maryland.

The First Week of School in the Children’s Garden at Waldorf School of Baltimore

Curiosity is piqued in garden spaces, especially when caterpillars are crawling around.

When the global pandemic caused schools to abruptly shift to distance learning in the spring, administrators at the Waldorf School of Baltimore began making adjustments for the fall. Last week, they kicked off the school year in a different kind of way.

Students in first through eighth grades began the year with distance learning and a plan to explore subject classes in groups, back on campus, over the coming weeks. Last week, the school welcomed their youngest students  – preschool, pre-K and Kindergarten –  back to a campus outfitted with improved outdoor learning spaces.

“Our curriculum calls for lots of time outdoors even when we are not in the midst of a global pandemic,” said Lindsay Machak, Director of Outreach and Communications, “so we just expanded on what we were already doing.”

Take a look at their first week of school in the Children’s Garden.

United Way donates laptops, sets up fund to provide computers to Baltimore City Public School students


With the start of a remote school year rapidly approaching, Baltimore families and educators scramble to prepare.

In Baltimore City, roughly 75,000 households, or one in three, do not have either a desktop or laptop computer, according to a recent study by the Abell Foundation. Around 15,000 households with children do not have either a desktop or laptop computer. These disparities are particularly pronounced for low-income houses with children – 80 percent of homes lacking computers are in the bottom half of the city’s income distribution.