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.