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 May  1, 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 on Thursday is Gerry Brooks and this year we added a keynote to Friday Danny Brassell!  You do not want to miss these dynamic speakers!!!!! 

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 Maryland Conference 2019

Date and Location

The conference will be held at the Ocean City Convention Center, Ocean City, Maryland.
It will be held on Wednesday, May 1st through Friday, May 3rd, 2019.


 An exciting conference will take place this year under the direction of the conference Co-chairpersons Katie Lingg and Tracey Schoene.  The conference Treasurer is Casey Kirk.  If you need t contact them for any additional information or support, please visit the conference website at:



Registration for the conference is OPEN!  There will be a Pre-conference Event with Jennifer Abrams on May 1, 2019.  One-Day Registration for either May 2 or May 3 is $150.00.  Two day conference registration, May 2-3, is $225.00.  Additional event cost include:  Pre-Conference $89.00;  Thursday Meet and Eat Lunch with Gerry Brooks (box lunch) $25.00;  Welcome Reception and Dinner at Hoopers Crab House $40.00.  You may also order a box lunch for May 2 or 3 for $22.00.





Speakers & Sessions

 Our Keynote Speaker on Thursday, May 2, 2019, is Gerry Brooks!  Gerry is a passionate public speaker whose focus is on encouraging and helping teachers improve their instructional abilities.  He also has a desire to help administrators successfully lead their staff.  To learn more about Gerry, please visit his website at

We will also have a Friday Keynote - Dr. Danny Brassell!  Danny inspires audiences around the world to achieve greater performance, engagement and happiness by discovering their personal morivation.  His high energy delivery is infused with humor, inspiration and simple techniques to initiate positive change both at home and in the workplace. 

Exhibit & Sponsor Information

 Exhibitor and Sponsor Opportunities are available for the conference and pre-conference.  Please visit the conference website for all the details.  Also, exhibitors and sponsors can submit to present!  Please do so through the exhibitor tab on the website!  All of the costs for exhibitors and sponsors are available on the site.

Additional Information

 Proposals to present at Commobn Ground will close on December 31, 2018, so get your proposals in right away!  Also, there are opportunities to volunteer at the conference.  Your help as a volunteer is greatly needed as the conference has many opportunities to help out!  Registration costs are discounted for volunteers.  Visit the website for additional information.

We look forward to seeing you at Common Ground!