The Council of Educational Administrative and Supervisory Organizations of Maryland is proud of their long standing tradition of providing quality professional development to educators in our state.  Our conferences have focused on sharing the "Best Practices" for educating our students and developing leadership skills.  This year we are excited to continue our mission of providing powerful professional development through collaboration with professional organizations in our state.  Common Ground 2019, a professional development event for educators in Maryland and beyond, will provide educators engaging opportunities to gain quality information regarding best practices in the areas of leadership, instruction and technology.  It is our goal that every participant leaves this event with strategies to implement in their classroom and school immediately.  CEASOM, in collaboration with professional organizations in Maryland and the Maryland State Department of Education, stand together to bring this professional development consortium to support our educators and leaders in Maryland and the surrounding states.  The Common Ground 2018 professional development event will take place May 2-3, 2019 preconference activities on May1, at the Ocean City Convention Center, Ocean City, Maryland.    Over 70 sessions will be offered and more than 70 exhibitors will be available for conference participants.  The Keynote Speaker for the conference is Gerry Brooks.  

Go to the conference website at for additional information for exhibitors and presenting at Common Ground 2019.   Registration is now open and proposals to present will be accepted through the month of December!  Don't delay - submit a proposal today!  This is an event you do not want to miss.

Past Conferences, conference information, and file associated with past conferences are available online.

Common Ground 2018

Date and Location

The conference will be held at the Ocean City Convention Center, Ocean City, Maryland.
It will be held on May 3rd and 4th, 2018.


 Catherine Poling is the conference chairperson for Common Ground 2018.  All member organizations collaborate to make the conference an outstanding professional development opportunity for their membership!


 You can register for the two day conference at  Preconference event on May 2, 2018 will be hosted by Angela Maiers (Conference Keynote Speaker).  We are expanding the vision for making a difference in our school communities that we began last year with our Little Free Libraries through a unique transformative event where attendees will "heart-break map" to identify a problem in their community which they would like to solve.  This experience will continue during and beyond the conference through online Facebook group to support individuals in making positive change happen!


Speakers & Sessions


Keynote Speaker: Angela Maiers

Leader. Visionary. Entrepreneur. Disruptor. Change Maker.

Angela embodies each of these descriptors with passion, commitment and fierce determination. She has been creating and leading change in education and enterprise for 31 years, teaching every level of school from grade school to graduate school and consulting with companies around the world.
Angela founded Choose2Matter to bring the world hope by helping every individual embrace their value and potential contribution. Initially launched to challenge and inspire students to work collaboratively to develop innovative solutions to social problems, Choose2Matter has evolved into a movement that support parents, educators, and employees around the world. Her work in 78,000 classrooms across 100 countries has rallied more than a million children who have banded together to address world heartbreak. And organizations across all industries are finding new ways to ignite the genius of their employees, successfully addressing a $15 trillion employee engagement problem.
Angela earned a BS in Education with a minor in Neuroscience and Master Degrees in Literacy and Ed Leadership. She is the author of eight books, including Liberating Genius,The Habitudes and The Passion Driven Classroom. Angela is widely recognized as one of most influential voices on social media today, consistently ranking in the top 1% and a regular contributor to the Huffington Post.

Exhibit & Sponsor Information

 Exhibitor and Sponsor information is located on the conference website.  Please go to for the opportunities available to you and your company.  The website will be updated regularly so visit often!


Additional Information

Featured Speakers for the Conference include:

Armand Doucet:  Teaching in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Steve Black: Transforming Dormant to Passionate Readers

Katie Garner:  Cracking the Reading Code with the Brain in Mind

Sarah Thomas:  Connecting the Dots:  Growing a Movemement

Jon Harper:  Administrator, Blogger, & Motivational Speaker

Pete Hall: ASCD Professional Development Agent

Nicholas Stutzman:  Achievement Solutions

Dwight D. Jones: National Urban Markets Initiative