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 2017, 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 2017 professional development event will take place May 4-5, 2017, at the Ocean City Convention Center, Ocean City, Maryland.  A Pre-conference event is being planned for May 3.  Over 70 sessions will be offered and more than 70 exhibitors will be available for conference participants.  Keynote Speaker on May 4th is Ron Clark.  Ron is the 2000 Disney American Teacher of the Year, a two-time New York Times Bestselling author, the subject of a television movie and the founder of The Ron Clark Academy.  He is regularly featured on network and cable television (The Today Show, CNN and Oprah) and was dubbed by Ms. Winfrey as her first "Phenomenal Man."  Ron Clark is a gifted speaker sharing his experiences teaching in Harlem and the innovative projects he brought to rural North Carolina working with minority students in low wealth areas.  Join us at Common Ground to hear his message of hope, dedication and the never-say-never attitude required to achieve goals and dreams.

Go to the conference website at for updated information and to see the dynamic program we have available to our attendees.  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 2017

Date and Location

The conference will be held at the Ocean Citty Convention Center, Ocean City, MD.
It will be held on May 4th and 5th, 2017.


 Catherine Poling ( and Nicole Paylor ( will co-chair the 2017 conference




Registration is now open on the conference website  Early bird registration is available through 2/10/17.  Fees for two days at the early bird price is $190.00 and for one day the fee is $135.00.  Regular registration fee for two days is $225.00 and $150.00 for one day.  Various options are available group, student, presenter, and volunteer registrations at a discounted price. 

Speakers & Sessions

Proposals to present are now being accepted.  We invite you to submit a proposal to present a concurrent session, a poster session, or to be a Featured Speaker.  Concurrent and Featured Speaker Sessions are 60 minutes in length and Poster Sessions will run as informal table presentations for 30 minutes.  Proposals are due by December 30, 2016.  If your proposal is selected you will be notified by January 30, 2017.  There is a discount for registration for presenters.

Ron Clark, of The Ron Clark Academy, will be our keynote speaker on May 4th.  Ron is the 2000 Disney American Teacher of the Year, a two-time New York Times Bestselling author, and the subject of a television movie!  Ron is regularly featured on network and cable television (Today Show, CNN, and Oprah) and was dubbed by Ms. Winfrey as her first "Phenomenal Man".  You do not want to miss out on the message he delivers of hope, dedication and the never-say-never attitude required to achieve goals and dreams.  It is a message relevant to all in the education field.

Exhibit & Sponsor Information

Last year over 70 exhibitors provided information to our attendees on the resources available to assist in the education programs for our students.  The exhibit hall was packed and we look forward to offering this opportunity at the conference again.  Sponsors and exhibitor information can be obtained from the conference website.  Please go to for all you need to know!

Additional Information

This year the headquarters hotel for the conference will be the Hilton Suites Hotel.  The Hilton, along with additional hotel information is listed on the website.  Common Ground negotiated for the best possible rates for those attending.  In order to receive the rates you must call the hotel directly and mention that you are attending Common Ground.  Book early to make sure you book inside the conference housing block. There will be a Learning Forward MD EdCamp  - Camp Fire on May 3rd as a preconference event!  The agenda is set at the beginning of the event, by participants, based on their interests. Scholarship Chance is back!  Gifts and baskets, donated by Exhibitors, Organizations and Friends of Common Ground will be raffled of daily.  All monies raised directly fund the many scholarships and grants awarded by member organizations!

Visit the website for even more activities taking place for you at Common Ground 2017!