MarylandByDesign Supports the
Maryland Education
Development Collaborative

Roundtable Discussion
Tuesday July 18th, 2017
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

STEAM-Design Education

On May 27, 2017 legislation was enacted by the State of Maryland to establish the Maryland Education Development Collaborative. This new organization creates an opportunity to promote and enhance 21st-century learning and socioeconomic diversity in Maryland’s Public Schools and establishes an Advisory Council to provide advice on matters relating to 21st-century learning, data collection and sharing.

Join Designers, Design Educators, Design Leaders,
Design Thinkers, Maker Space Leaders, Design Policy Makers
and Maryland Legislators

Bring your ideas, experiences, stories, goals, wishes, and dreams for making STEAM-Design Education central to education in Maryland’s Public Schools for all K-12 students. The roundtable is an opportunity to contribute your views about STEAM-Design Education to the
Maryland Education Development Collaborative.

Please prepare a 3-5 minute presentation to give during
this discussion.

RSVP: Please respond to by July 14th to confirm your attendance

Location: Maryland Institute College of Art,
Center for Social Design
Fred Lazarus IV Building
131 W. North Avenue, Room 170
Baltimore, MD

Parking: On Street Parking available on Maryland Avenue

Questions?: Please send them to



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

U.S. Congressional STEAM Caucus

All Members of the House of Representatives are encouraged to join the Congressional STEAM Caucus

Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici chairs The STEAM Caucus launched in January 2013 to increase the understanding of the
importance of design to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) subjects.

As of 1ST SESSION 67 Members/27 States as of February 27, 2015

The Caucus aims “to change the vocabulary of education to recognize the benefits of a well rounded education to our country’s future generations. Caucus members will work to increase awareness of the importance of STEAM education and explore new strategies to advocate for STEAM programs.”

The following Congressional Representatives participate on the STEAM Caucus:

CALIFORNIA: Tony Cárdenas, Julia Brownley, Susan Davis, Michael Honda. Jared Huffman, Zoe Lofgren, Doris Matsui, Scott Peters, Adam Schiff, Jackie Speier, Mark Takano.

COLORADO: Jared Polis


DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Eleanor Holmes Norton

FLORIDA: Corrine Brown, Lois Frankel, Alcee Hastings, Ted Yoho

GEORGIA: Sanford Bishop, Hank Johnson, David Scott

GUAM: Madeleine Bordallo

HAWAII: Tulsi Gabbard

ILLINOIS: Danny Davis, Rodney Davis, Mike Quigley, Janice Schakowsky

INDIANA: Susan Brooks, André Carson

IOWA: Dave Loebsack

MAINE: Chellie Pingree

MARYLAND: (membership pending)

MASSACHUSETTS: Michael Capuano, Bill Keating, Joseph Kennedy Stephen Lynch, James McGovern, Richard Neal,

MINNESOTA: Keith Ellison, Rick Nolan, Collin Peterson

NEVADA: Dina Titus

NEW HAMPSHIRE: Ann McLane Kuster

NEW MEXICO: Ben Ray Luján

NEW YORK: Carolyn Maloney, Jerrold Nadler, Charles Rangel, Louise Slaughter, Paul Tonko


OHIO: Tim Ryan, Pat Tiberi

OREGON: Earl Blumenauer, Suzanne Bonamici, Peter DeFazio

PENNSYLVANIA: Matthew Cartwright, Scott Perry, Joe Pitts

RHODE ISLAND: David Cicilline, James Langevin

TEXAS: Lloyd Doggett, Blake Farenthold

VIRGINIA: Gerry Connolly, Bobby Scott

WASHINGTON: Suzan DelBene, Derek Kilmer


For more information, please contact Adrian Anderson in the office of Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici at 202-225-0855 or

2016 Maryland General Assembly Considering Legislation for Maryland Design Excellence and Innovation Commission

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

Contact Legislators about the Maryland Design Excellence
Commission Legislation

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.


There has been tremendous attention given to STEM education and the higher earning potential for degrees in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math as compared to design. A recent survey conducted and published by the Washington Post reveals very little difference in earning potential during the first 5 to 10 years of a person’s career once they have earned a STEM degree versus a design degree, and in fact many degrees in the humanities (which would include design disciplines) earn more. The conclusions when making comparisons between a bachelor’s design degree as compared to a bachelor’s degree in science (biology), technology (information technology), engineering (electrical engineering) or math, shows an insignificant earning difference between a biological sciences degree and a design degree during the first 10 years of experience after earning these degrees. (Click on the graph to enlarge).

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Congressional Caucus Unveils new STEM to STEAM Policy Map



Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) launched a new STEAM Map on Capitol Hill in collaboration with US House STEAM Caucus Chair Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) ). This innovative mapping tool visualizes STEAM activity to enable advocates and practitioners to connect with each other, share best practices and show decision makers the impact and relevancy of art and design. The STEAM Map can be found at The list of STEAM members can be found here.