Update: Senate Bill 908: Maryland Education Development
Collaborative was enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution-Chapter 849 on May 27, 2017. This establishes the Collaborative as of October 1, 2017.
Innovation in public education was among the many education related issues discussed by legislators during the 2017 Maryland General Assembly Session, which concluded on April 10th this year. Design driven innovation in education is an aim of Senate Bill 908: Maryland Education Development Collaborative-Established. This legislation received a unanimous vote in the Maryland Senate on March 16th, 2017, and passed the House of Delegates by a vote of 95 to 44. Design is typically associated with innovation. A body of research exists showing proof that design is consistently the source of innovation in any organizational system.
A working group from the MarylandByDesign submitted testimony in support of the Maryland Education Development Collaborative explaining how design education and STEAM programming in public schools would be one of the key factors in innovating public school education in Maryland. As an example, in 2014 Rhode Island Department of Education used an Ambassador Design Team to develop a strategic plan for elementary and secondary education to advance learning and achievement for all Rhode Island Public School Students. The Ambassador Design Team used design thinking as a way to develop the strategic plan.
MarylandByDesign’s Working Group would be one of the many participants working together within the Maryland Education Development Collaborative. MarylandbyDesign can contribute a design driven innovation approach for making recommendations to innovate Maryland’s Public Schools by developing an implementation plan for design education and STEAM Programming to make design part of every child’s educational experience. This is only one of the many aspects of MarylandByDesign’s Design Policy. MarylandByDesign has as its overall mission to define design in all of its manifestations in the State of Maryland.
View MarylandByDesign’s testimony for SB908 Testimony 3-21-17
The 2016 Maryland General Assembly is now considering legislation for establishing the Maryland Design Excellence and Innovation Commission. This is the second year the General Assembly is discussing legislation to establish the Commission. Senate Bill 429 was introduced in the Senate Finance Committee on February 1, 2016, and House Bill 548 was introduced in the House of Delegates Economic Matters Committee on February 3, 2016.
The Senate Finance and House Economic Matters Committees are reviewing the legislation, and have heard evidence from the public about the mission, goals and efforts of Maryland Design Excellence and Innovation Commission. The Commission, which will meet several times a year under a five year design policy plan to be set by the members of the Commission, would implement design led innovation to improve the quality of life for all Marylanders. If established by legislation, the Commission would begin operating as of October 1, 2016.
Committee Bill Hearings
The Maryland General Assembly held public Committee bill hearings on February 16, 2016 in the Senate Finance Committee and February 17, 2016 in the House Economic Matters Committee to hear statements from the public about the legislation. The Committee hearing can be viewed on-line through these links to the Maryland General Assembly website:
Senate Finance Committee Public Hearing
House Economic Matters Committee Public Hearing
Submitting Written Statements
Written statements are still being accepted by Maryland General Assembly legislators, and can be submitted to legislators until there is a vote held on the bills in the Senate and House Committees. If you are able to provide written support for the legislation, the guidelines are available here for the Senate Finance Committee and here for the House Economic Matters Committee. The same statements should be made to both Committees. Text of the Senate Finance legislation is available here, and for the House of Delegates legislation here. A statement guide/template is available for the Senate Finance Committee here and for the House Economic Matters Committee here to use for composing a written statement. Anyone can submit a written statement by sending it to
MarylandbyDesign at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact Legislators about the Maryland Design Excellence
If you are a resident of Maryland, contacting your State Senator and Delegates from your home district is one of the best ways to voice your views about establishing the Maryland Design Excellence and Innovation Commission. To find out legislators who represents you, go to the search page here and enter your home address.
MarylandbyDesign is dedicated to improving the understanding of design’s impact throughout the State of Maryland. One way to measure this impact is through various data and index indicators. Since 2009, Maryland has used the General Progress Indicator (GPI) to measure various aspects of environmental sustainability which is a significant aspect of all design practices. The General Progress Indicator measures a different set of factors as compared to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The Open Data Project provides another resource for measurement of design as a factor in the States economic growth related to innovation. One of the goals for the soon to be established Maryland Design Excellence Commission is to develop an indicator for how design impacts the quality of life throughout the State of Maryland which would be included in the State’s GPI.
What can a design policy approach bring to the table that doesn’t already exist?
Many design driven projects, including those combined with research and development, result in commercialization and technology transfer of innovative technologies, products and services. This transfer provides a longer arc of economic growth within the State. Examples of design driven tech transfer include…
Can you provide examples of design policy in other States?Massachusetts, Oregon, Rhode Island, California have recognized the value of design driven businesses to produce products and services in transportation, technology and the built environment in their State.
The European Union recently incorporated design as a key component of its EU innovation policy.
—Maren Maier, Design Strategist