Michael Bayewitz

Michael Bayewitz

Michael Bayewitz is director of school support and improvement for 32 schools in Montgomery County, Maryland. He has also served as a principal, assistant principal, and classroom teacher.

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Michael Bayewitz

Michael Bayewitz is director of school support and improvement for 32 schools in Montgomery County, Maryland. He has also served as a principal, assistant principal, and classroom teacher. In his current role, Michael provides guidance and support in the building and development of professional learning communities, instructional leadership, and student achievement.

Michael previously served as principal of Broad Acres Elementary School in Silver Spring, Maryland. Through the building of a PLC, Broad Acres gained national attention for its dramatic increases in student achievement.

At the elementary school, 95 percent of students receive free and reduced-price meals—the highest percentage in the district—and 70 percent of the students are English learners. Just 10 years ago, less than 20 percent of students passed state exams. With a collaborative culture, targeted interventions, and a unique strategy for parent engagement, student achievement improved. In 2012, Broad Acres reached 88 percent proficiency in reading and 95 percent in math on the Maryland State Assessment.

In his presentations, Michael talks about how building a model PLC was essential to this transformation and uses engaging activities and exercises to help audiences launch a similar process.

Michael received the 2011 Dr. Edward Shirley Award for excellence in educational administration and supervision. He earned a dual bachelor's degree in political science and African American and African Studies from Binghamton University. He earned a master's degree in elementary education from George Washington University and received an administrative certification from Johns Hopkins University.

PLC at Work™

Richard DuFour, Robert Eaker, Rebecca DuFour, Mike Mattos, Anthony Muhammad, and Tim Brown, the champions of PLC at Work™, are among the foremost authorities on applying PLC principles in the real world of schools. They consult with state departments, professional organizations, and school districts worldwide on strategies for improving schools.

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Presentation titles by Michael Bayewitz

  • The Three Big Ideas of a PLC: Getting Started
  • Engaging Parents in Urban Schools
  • Leading High-Performing PLCs in High-Poverty Schools
  • How a PLC Transformed a Failing School: The Broad Acres Journey
  • Leading in a Culture of Collaboration

“Mike was very informative about PLC. He knows his stuff well and kept us engaged.”

— Carmen Cervantes, elementary reading specialist, Murray E. Boone Elementary School, Texas

“I think he did a wonderful job connecting with our staff. He learned names quickly and related info to our state and demographics of our school. ”

—Marty Ortega, assistant principal, Murray E. Boone Elementary School, Texas