News releases, reports, statements and associated documents from public policy organizations influencing the debate on education policy.
Metro Schools announced today the hiring of four new community superintendents. The new organizational structure, announced in February, will allow for better planning and coordination across all grade levels in support of the district's new Strategic Framework. The new structure will better equip the district to mobilize local resources to support students and families through expanded collaborations with civic, community, business and faith-based organizations. The community superintendents NASHVILLE, Tenn., April 27 -- Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools issued the following news release: Metro Schools announced today the hiring of four new community superintendents. The new organizational structure, announced in February, will allow for better planning and coordination across all grade levels in support of the district's new Strategic Framework. The new structure will better equip the district to mobilize local resources to support students and families through expanded collaborations with civic, community, business and faith-based organizations. The community superintendentswill serve on the Director's Executive Leadership Team. They will transition into their new roles on May 31 with July 1 as their official start date.
The district repurposed four existing executive officer positions to create the four community superintendents, who will each supervise one-quarter of the existing clusters and the schools located within those clusters. The change will eliminate the current tiered supervisory structure for elementary, middle, high and priority schools. The district expects to make additional announcements in the coming weeks regarding other changes required to support this new structure. The community superintendent model is considered a national best practice for K-12 urban school districts by The Council for the Great City Schools, an organization representing the top 100 largest school systems in the country.
"Our new community superintendents are veteran MNPS educators who have the leadership skills, knowledge of our students' needs and understanding of community and instructional experience that is critical for supporting greater academic achievement among all students," said Director of Schools Dr. Shawn Joseph.
The community superintendents, all former principals, were chosen by selection committees composed of parents, central office staff, community and business leaders, members of the Chamber of Commerce, Mayor's Office representatives, community-based organizations and other partners unique to each of the four new service areas.
Dr. Adrienne Battle will oversee all schools located within the Antioch, Cane Ridge and Glencliff clusters. Dr. Battle brings more than 20 years of academic leadership experience within Metro Schools to her new post. She is currently an executive lead principal for priority and elementary schools, a position she has held since 2016. Prior to that, Dr. Battle spent four years as the executive principal at Antioch High School and two years as the academic principal and assistant principal at Glencliff High School. She held other leadership and teaching positions within Metro Schools for the past 14 years and also served as an adjunct faculty member for the University of Phoenix and Tennessee State University. She holds master's, educational specialist, and doctorate degrees from Tennessee State University and a bachelor's from Missouri State University.
Dr. Dottie Critchlow will oversee all schools located within the Hillsboro, Hillwood and Overton clusters. Dr. Critchlow brings more than 29 years of teaching and administrative experience to her new position. Currently, she is an executive lead principal for elementary schools, a position she has held since 2015. She taught in school districts in Mississippi and Ohio before joining Metro Schools in 1998. During her tenure at Metro Schools, Dr. Critchlow has served as a teacher, an assistant principal at Haywood Elementary School, a principal at Park Avenue and Hickman Elementary Schools, and executive officer for instructional support. She holds bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Akron, Ohio, and a doctorate from Trevecca University.
Dr. Pippa Meriwether will oversee all schools located within the Hunters Lane, Pearl-Cohn and Whites Creek clusters. Dr. Meriwether graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a degree in English and spent several years in the private sector before becoming an educator. She holds master's, educational specialist and doctorate degrees from Tennessee State University, and has 22 years of teaching and administrative experience. Dr. Meriwether joined Metro Schools in 1995 and worked as a Title I tutor, classroom teacher and behavior specialist, and served as principal of Kirkpatrick Elementary School before becoming an executive lead principal in 2010.
Dr. Damon Cathey will oversee all schools located within the Stratford, McGavock and Maplewood clusters. Dr. Cathey's 21-year career includes time spent as a teacher and administrator within Metro Schools, as well as leadership roles in charter schools, private schools and Kingsport City Schools. He currently serves as an executive lead principal with Metro Schools. He has served as the executive principal for DuPont-Tyler Middle Prep, McKissack K-8 Professional Development School (now McKissack Middle Prep), John Early Paideia Middle School and Jones Paideia Magnet School. He also served as the assistant principal of Donelson Middle and the director of school reform and chief academic officer for the Inspirational Schools Partnership that worked with the district to support 34 of its highest priority schools. In addition, Dr. Cathey served as assistant superintendent for Kingsport City Schools, the director of the Moreno Valley Paideia Charter High School in New Mexico, and was the first headmaster of New Hope Academy in Franklin, Tennessee. Dr. Cathey holds bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Memphis, an administrative certification from Tennessee State University, and a doctorate from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University.
It was a packed house at the Glendale Public Library on Wednesday night for the first of several community meetings to gather feedback on the recommendation by the IPS Facilities Utilization Taskforce to close several high schools within Indianapolis Public Schools.
Members of the Taskforce, Board of School Commissioners and IPS leadership were joined by nearly 150 community members to exchange information and ideas.
The meeting began with a presentation from IPS Operations Officer David Rosenberg, INDIANAPOLIS, April 27 -- Indianapolis Public Schools issued the following information: It was a packed house at the Glendale Public Library on Wednesday night for the first of several community meetings to gather feedback on the recommendation by the IPS Facilities Utilization Taskforce to close several high schools within Indianapolis Public Schools. Members of the Taskforce, Board of School Commissioners and IPS leadership were joined by nearly 150 community members to exchange information and ideas. The meeting began with a presentation from IPS Operations Officer David Rosenberg,who explained the reasons for the proposed closings. A comprehensive study conducted by the Taskforce revealed that IPS enrollment trends have dipped significantly in the last 50 years. Since 1967, the overall number of students has dropped by nearly 80,000 students. There was a 20,000 decrease in high school students alone. Because of that, high schools are at less than 50 percent capacity. The goal is to push that up to 70 to 80 percent by closing some high school buildings.
The Taskforce's recommendation is that by moving forward with only four high schools, the district is projected to save $4 million a year, which it will pour back into classroom resources and teacher compensation.
"The word of the day is 'equity.' Our high schools are so underutilized, we don't have the resources to provide teacher development, the AP Honors courses, or other things that other school districts that aren't underutilized can offer," said Rosenberg.
After the review of the report, audience members met in small groups for guided table chats. They exchanged passionate opinions about their feelings on the recommendation to close high schools. During those conversations, members of the IPS Leadership Team and Board of School Commissioners moved from group to group to listen to comments and answer questions.
After the small group discussions, the audience came back together to share their group's input.
IPS convened the Taskforce more than seven months ago to look at a wide range of data from historical population levels to demographics and school enrollment trends. Members also considered factors such as academic models, utility and operational costs and reuse of buildings.
The Taskforce is part of a promise the district made in the 2015 Strategic Plan'sCore Commitments and Beliefs; which is to make sure that all students can achieve their full potential, learn at high levels and graduate prepared to succeed in school, career and life. Any money generated from closing schools will enhance student learning and teacher resources.
Dr. Ferebee ended the meeting thanking audience members for their time.
"We can't emphasize enough how much we appreciate you for joining us for this conversation," said Dr. Ferebee. "I want you to know that no decisions have been made. These discussions will help us get there and we call on you to share with your friends and invite them to the next meeting. Let's continue the conversation and figure out how to best serve students and families."
The proposed timeline for closing several IPS high schools has been carefully planned to include plenty of community engagement to guide Board Commissioners in making their decision:
* April through May 2017: The IPS Board of School Commissioners will hold several public neighborhood meetings to gather input, concern and feedback.
* June 2017: The administration will consider the feedback and make recommendations on which schools to close, a reuse plan for those buildings, and academic programming at the schools that remain open.
* July through August 2017: Commissioners will hold their regularly scheduled Board meetings at each high school recommended for closure to gather additional public comment.
* September 18, 2017: The Board will vote on which schools to close, a reuse plan for those buildings, and academic programming at the schools that remain open.
The next community meeting will be at 6 p.m., Monday, May 1 at Ivy Tech Culinary Center, 2820 N. Meridian St. For the complete list of community meetings, to share your thoughts, and to read the Taskforce report, click here (http://www.myips.org/Page/45068).
In introducing his teacher, who later that evening would be named Baltimore County Public Schools 2017-18 Teacher of the Year, Troy Taylor described Rebecca Eig as "E - encouraging, I - innovative, and G - genuine," and said that she is one of the reasons he loves learning.
BCPS Superintendent Dr. S. Dallas Dance named Eig, a Grade 2 teacher at Owings Mills Elementary School, as Baltimore County Teacher of the Year. The awards ceremony was held yesterday evening at George Washington Carver Center for TOWSON, Md., April 27 -- Baltimore County Public Schools issued the following news release: In introducing his teacher, who later that evening would be named Baltimore County Public Schools 2017-18 Teacher of the Year, Troy Taylor described Rebecca Eig as "E - encouraging, I - innovative, and G - genuine," and said that she is one of the reasons he loves learning. BCPS Superintendent Dr. S. Dallas Dance named Eig, a Grade 2 teacher at Owings Mills Elementary School, as Baltimore County Teacher of the Year. The awards ceremony was held yesterday evening at George Washington Carver Center forArts and Technology in Towson.
"Rebecca Eig is exactly the kind of teacher every parent wants for his or her child," Dr. Dance said. "The depth of her caring for each student comes through in every interaction. She demonstrates tremendous respect for the abilities of her students and that respect leads her to challenge them, listen to them, and support them in accelerating their learning. She is an outstanding representative of the caliber of teachers you can find in every school across this county."
As Baltimore County's latest Teacher of the Year, Eig will represent Team BCPS and compete for the honor of Maryland State Teacher of the Year. She will appear across multiple venues to champion the teaching profession as well as what it means to be an educator in BCPS.
Eig, a Canton resident, has been teaching for seven years - all of them at Owings Mills Elementary. At the school, she has been a professional development school mentor, a reading committee member, and a community involvement committee member. Her background includes earning a bachelor's degree in early childhood education from Towson University and a master's in instructional technology from Towson University.
One of Eig's role models is her Grade 1 teacher, Mrs. Presler. Eig remembers how her teacher made her feel important in the classroom and in the community. Eig says that she tries to instill that same sense of belonging in her Grade 2 classroom. When new students arrive in her classroom, classmates greet them with a friendly "welcome to our family." High-fives and positive reinforcement are frequent. (Click here to see a video about Eig.)
In addition to Eig, four other finalists were honored during Wednesday's ceremony. They are:
* David J. Kreller, coordinator of the school-to-career transition program at Pikesville High School
* Megan N. Stewart, a Grade 3 teacher at Mays Chapel Elementary School
* Shannon M. Strazzire, an Advanced Placement language teacher at Perry Hall High School
* Rebecca A. Talbott, an English and career and technology education teacher at Eastern Technical High School
The Teacher of the Year receives a variety of awards and gifts from the school system, the Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools, and Baltimore County's business community. The BCPS Teacher and Principal of the Year program thanks the Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools and NTA Life for their support.
The Education Foundation of Baltimore County would like to thank its partners: Baltimore in a Box, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, BCPS Department of Innovative Learning, BCPS Office of Organizational Effectiveness, BCPS Office of Technology, Boscov's at White Marsh Mall, Jean Blosser, Bread & Circuses Bistro, Capstone, Defined Learning, LLC, Hilary Corna, FastPark, Federal Realty, Genesee Valley Outdoor Learning Center, Heinemann, Hilton, iFly, Kobe, Dr. Crystal Kuykendall, author, From Rage to Hope, Lakeshore Learning Materials, Loyola University, Farrell Maddox, author, Building the Future, National Aquarium, Nelson Coleman Jewelers, Open Door, Red Brick Station, Santoni's Marketplace and Catering, Shake Shack, Sheraton Baltimore North, Spa on The Avenue, Towson Tavern, Under Armour, and Workbench.
Dallas Independent School District (Dallas ISD) Superintendent Michael Hinojosa has been named the 2017 Latino Superintendent of the Year by the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS).
The award will be presented during the ALAS annual awards gala on Thursday, April 27 in Washington, D.C. In a statement issued to Hinojosa from ALAS, Executive Director Nancy Lewin remarked that this year's candidates were considered among a competitive selection process.
"The committee DALLAS, April 27 -- The Dallas Independent School District issued the following news release: Dallas Independent School District (Dallas ISD) Superintendent Michael Hinojosa has been named the 2017 Latino Superintendent of the Year by the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS). The award will be presented during the ALAS annual awards gala on Thursday, April 27 in Washington, D.C. In a statement issued to Hinojosa from ALAS, Executive Director Nancy Lewin remarked that this year's candidates were considered among a competitive selection process. "The committeewas very impressed with your application, your work, your passion and commitment to education and your continued involvement with ALAS," Lewin said in a statement.
The 3rd Annual Awards Gala will also honor other ALAS members for their contributions in addressing challenges in the education sysem, particualry those impacting Latinos.
ALAS's data suggests, by the year 2025, Latino children will make up 25 percent of the school-age population. In states like Texas, the association says Latinos have already reached that level. Thus, their mission is focused on identifying, recruiting, developing and advancing Latino school administrators in order to improve the educational accomplishments of Latino youth.
Bowie High School students won first place in the Maryland ProStart Student Invitational (MPSI) Culinary Competition, advancing to the 16th Annual National ProStart Invitational in Charleston, SC, from April 28 through May 1. This is the first time a team from Prince George's County will compete in this national competition.
Seniors Kendall Ashwood-Hayes, Bernard Azongho and Nuri Muhammad and juniors Julia Forbes and Kiron Johnson put their culinary and creative skills to the test, preparing UPPER MARLBORO, Md., April 27 -- Prince George's County Public Schools issued the following news release: Bowie High School students won first place in the Maryland ProStart Student Invitational (MPSI) Culinary Competition, advancing to the 16th Annual National ProStart Invitational in Charleston, SC, from April 28 through May 1. This is the first time a team from Prince George's County will compete in this national competition. Seniors Kendall Ashwood-Hayes, Bernard Azongho and Nuri Muhammad and juniors Julia Forbes and Kiron Johnson put their culinary and creative skills to the test, preparinga three-course meal in an hour. The appetizer was St. Kitt's double-fried plantain served with marinated shrimp, diced peppers and a Peruvian sweet chili sauce; the entree was St. Martin's Caribbean seasoned strawberry grouper served with confetti rice and sauteed haricot verts; and for a sweet finish, Anagada dessert, a deconstructed pine tart with pina colada pastry cream, pineapple reduction, raspberries, pineapple syrup, toasted coconut and raspberry fruit caviar.
A panel of judges from industry, colleges and universities rated their performance on taste, teamwork, skill, safety and sanitation, and rated it the top out of 16 entries from teams across the state.
"These students demonstrate the success of our high school academy programs," said Dr. Kevin M. Maxwell, Chief Executive Officer for Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS). "In just two years, students learn skills they can build on for their future success in their selected fields."
The Bowie ProStart team is sponsored by Family and Consumer Sciences teacher Charla Gillespie. The team also placed second in the Management Competition, where they submitted a business proposal for a new restaurant concept, "Rasta Cafe." The entry included a written proposal, menu, verbal presentation and visual display. Teams were tested on their critical thinking skills by reacting to potential management challenges related to their concept.
DuVal High School placed third in the Management Competition. Teams from Bladensburg, Charles Herbert Flowers and Gwynn Park high schools also competed in the event.
The Maryland ProStart Student Invitational (MPSI) is a statewide team culinary and hospitality management competition. ProStart is a nationwide, two-year high school program that unites the classroom and industry to develop students into restaurant and foodservice leaders.
The ProStart program, sponsored by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, features classroom study, mentored work experiences and opportunities to earn scholarships and test skills in local and national competitions.
The Montgomery County Board of Education (Board) met on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at the Carver Educational Services Center, 850 Hungerford Drive in Rockville. During the meeting, the Board approved the agreement for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 500; took tentative action on Policy ACA, Human Relations, heard a presentation on data dashboards; and discussed Restorative Justice practices in MCPS. The agenda for the meeting, with links to related materials, ROCKVILLE, Md., April 27 -- Montgomery County Public Schools issued the following news release: The Montgomery County Board of Education (Board) met on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at the Carver Educational Services Center, 850 Hungerford Drive in Rockville. During the meeting, the Board approved the agreement for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 500; took tentative action on Policy ACA, Human Relations, heard a presentation on data dashboards; and discussed Restorative Justice practices in MCPS. The agenda for the meeting, with links to related materials,can be viewed on the Board of Education website.
Fiscal Year 2018 SEIU Local 500 Employee Association Agreement
The Board of Education voted to approve a new three-year contract with the SEIU Local 500. The contract goes into effect beginning in FY 2018. The agreement with SEIU Local 500 provides for a step increase for all eligible unit members and a one percent general wage adjustment. There are additional financial provisions that are offset by increased employee medical and prescription copays and other adjustments to the medical plans. The agreement is for three years with reopened negotiations for salaries for the second and third years of the agreement. The contract was ratified by the association with more than 93 percent voting in favor. The agreement represents a continuation of the district's collaborative negotiations with associations, resulting in the successful resolution of complex financial and other work issues, as well as the preservation of relationships with SEIU that allow a continued focus on the district's mission of providing excellent education for each student.
Policy ACA, Human Relations
The Board of Education tentatively approved changes to Board Policy ACA, Human Relations, and recommended changing the name of Policy ACA, to Nondiscrimination, Equity, and Cultural Proficiency. The revised policy incorporates the purposes and expectations of current Board Policies ACA, Human Relations; ACB, Nondiscrimination; ACE, Gender Equity; GBA, Workforce Diversity; and GMA, Human Relations Training of MCPS Staff.
The renamed policy affirms the Board's desire to create an educational community that is guided by its five core values (learning, respect, relationships, equity and excellence), as well as an educational community that is deeply committed to ensuring that all students are supported to succeed and all staff members are empowered to do their best work. It asserts the Board's belief that each and every student matters, and in particular, that educational outcomes should never be predictable by any individual's actual or perceived personal characteristics.
The draft of Policy ACA is available for public comment until Friday, May 26.
* Comment here (http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/policy/policy-for-public-comment.aspx).
* Read tentatively approved changes to Policy ACA, Nondiscrimination, Equity, and Cultural Proficiency (Attachment A) (http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/uploadedFiles/departments/policy/Attachment-A-policy-aca.pdf)
* View the crosswalks between the current policies and the tentative revised policy (http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/policy/policy-for-public-comment.aspx) (Attachments B, C, D, E, and F (http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/policy/policy-for-public-comment.aspx))
The Board heard a presentation and held a discussion on the development of Data Dashboards for Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS). MCPS is committed to eliminating the achievement and opportunity gaps and providing a high-quality education for all of our students. The district must strategically collect and analyze multiple sources of achievement and organizational data to drive its decisions, actions, and accountability to improve student performance results. In July 2016, a Data Governance Committee (Committee) was established and charged with two major tasks:
dz˝ Task 1: Review, refine, and establish systemwide processes for data-related matters and decision making
dz˝ Task 2: Develop data dashboards that align to the strategic priorities (the first task of creating process)
The goal of the first task was to ensure staff in schools and offices understood the process for requesting or accessing data affiliated with the milestones, classroom measures, school and district measures, external measures, and other significant data points. The Committee also was responsible for reviewing all documents that utilized data to ensure they were aligned with district, state, and national requirements. The dashboards will be implemented in phases during the 2017-2018 school year.
In Phase I of the dashboard development, the Committee was responsible for developing the dashboards for Strategic Priority II (Human Capital), Strategic Priority III (Community and Family Engagement), and Strategic Priority IV (Operational Excellence). The dashboard for Strategic Priority I (Learning, Results, and Accountability) is under construction as MCPS pilots a new data management system and finalizes the multiple measures affiliated with the primary, intermediate, middle, and high school milestones. The district anticipates the data dashboard for this priority will be available by September 2017 in conjunction with the arrival of external measures.
The goal of the second task was to develop data dashboards, which reflects MCPS' commitment to be transparent in sharing relevant information with school, community, business, and government partners. The dashboards connect to the district's vision of effective teaching and learning for teachers and students as they drive continuous improvement and address the opportunity gap; strengthen, enrich, and expand student learning opportunities to improve performance; improve workforce diversity and operational excellence; and provide external stakeholders with information to help them understand the current state of the school system and student performance, resulting in an increase in family and community engagement and resources to support teaching and learning.
Read the memorandum to the Board (http://www.boarddocs.com/mabe/mcpsmd/Board.nsf/files/ALJKH650A7B8/$file/Development%20Data%20Dashboards.pdf)
The Board received an update from MCPS staff and held a discussion on Restorative Justice practices in Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS). MCPS implemented a new Student Code of Conduct beginning with the 2014-2015 school year. This Student Code of Conduct envisions a new approach to student conduct and discipline, and specifically, wrongdoing and the actions that follow. The Student Code of Conduct was predicated on the belief that addressing student behavior with fairness and equity through clear, appropriate, and consistent expectations and consequences, supports an educational environment that is safe, orderly, and conducive to learning. Simultaneously, MCPS began providing information and training on Restorative Justice. Restorative Justice is an ideology that seeks to change how a community views wrongdoing and responds to someone who has harmed a member of the community. Restorative Justice is a focused approach on discipline that centers on wrongdoing and the harm it causes to a member or members of the school community. Restorative Justice teaches the student(s) who committed the harm to acknowledge that one's actions affects others in the community, to recognize the harm caused, to take responsibility and accountability, and to ultimately work to repair the harm in order to reintegrate into the community.
The MCPS Restorative Justice Project includes a rigorous multi-tiered plan of action that is built for longevity and sustainability. The district also is cultivating new partnerships that will allow it to collaborate with other districts that successfully have implemented Restorative Justice.
Read the Memorandum to the Board (http://www.boarddocs.com/mabe/mcpsmd/Board.nsf/files/ALJKTL51974D/$file/Restorative%20Justice.pdf)
The Board received a presentation from staff regarding what occurred during the 2017 Session of the Maryland General Assembly, including an overview of legislation impacting Montgomery County, the Board's various positions on various bills, the legislative outcome, and a summary of key provisions, including any amendments for many of the bills for which the Board submitted testimony.
Read the Summary (http://www.boarddocs.com/mabe/mcpsmd/Board.nsf/files/ALLNXB61202A/$file/042017%20Summary%20of%20the%202017%20Session%20Memo.pdf)
Review of Required Quarterly Assessments
The Board took action asking the superintendent of schools to obtain stakeholder input concerning the Required Quarterly Assessments (RQAs), analyze the data on student performance, and make recommendations to the Board next year regarding whether to retain, continue to make improvements to the RQAs, or revert to the administration of semester examinations.
Facilities and School Construction
The Board approved the preliminary plans for the new Clarksburg Cluster Elementary School (Clarksburg Village Site #2) project
The Board approved the following administrative appointments:
Krishnanda A. Tallur, currently acting director, Employee and Retiree Service Center, as director, Department of Employee and Retiree Services
Sharron Steele, currently supervisor, Department of Strategic Planning and Resource Management, as executive director, Development and Strategic Relations
Jeffrey K. Sullivan, currently instructional specialist, Athletics Unit, as director, Systemwide Athletics
Karen D. Crews, currently instructional specialist, Division of School Counseling,
Residency, and International Admissions, as supervisor, School Counseling Services
The Board approved the following resolutions:
* A resolution declaring the week of April 24 -28, 2017, as Administrative Professionals Week
* A resolution declaring May 8-13, 2017, as Teacher Appreciation Week
* A resolution declaring May 1-5, 2017, as School Nutrition Employee Appreciation Week
* A resolution declaring the month of May 2017 as Asian Pacific American heritage Month
The Board will hold its next regular business meeting on Tuesday, May 9, 2017. Please check the Board of Education website and meeting calendar for further information (http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/boe/meetings/).
About the Board of Education
The Montgomery County Board of Education is the official educational policymaking body in the county. The Board is responsible for the direction and operation of the public school system. The Board consists of seven county residents elected by voters for a four-year term and a student elected by secondary school students for a one-year term. Board members are elected countywide but run at-large or from the Board district in which they reside.
Montgomery County Board of Education: Mr. Michael Durso, president; Dr. Judith Docca, vice president. Members: Ms. Jeanette E. Dixon, Mrs. Shebra L. Evans, Mrs. Patricia O'Neill, Ms. Jill Ortman-Fouse, Mrs. Rebecca Smondrowski, and Mr. Eric Guerci, student member. Dr. Jack R. Smith, superintendent of schools and secretary-treasurer. Office of the Board: 301-279-3617.
Baltimore County Public Schools has been named the American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) 2017 National School Library Program of the Year (NSLPY) Award recipient.
Sponsored by Follett, the NSLPY Award annually recognizes a single school or districtwide school library program that meets the needs of the changing school and library environment and is fully integrated into the school's curriculum. As the award winner, BCPS will receive an obelisk - the symbol of school library excellence - TOWSON, Md., April 27 -- Baltimore County Public Schools issued the following news release: Baltimore County Public Schools has been named the American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) 2017 National School Library Program of the Year (NSLPY) Award recipient. Sponsored by Follett, the NSLPY Award annually recognizes a single school or districtwide school library program that meets the needs of the changing school and library environment and is fully integrated into the school's curriculum. As the award winner, BCPS will receive an obelisk - the symbol of school library excellence -and $10,000 toward its school library program.
"Over the past several years, the district has made significant strides in rebranding the role of the school librarian," said Fran Glick, coordinator in BCPS's office of digital learning. "The transformation of teaching and learning toward customized and personalized student learning is equally evident in our school libraries. Our school system's philosophy regarding school libraries--and their place at the heart of student learning--is affirmed by a staffing model that ensures that all schools are staffed by a full-time certified school librarian. We are so grateful for the support of Superintendent Dance as our champion of the school library program."
"In Baltimore County Public Schools, the dynamic school library program is embedded in the culture of the district," said Eileen Kern, awards committee chair. "While talking to administrators, teachers, parents, and community partners, the committee members consistently heard about the importance of the school librarian within the school and the district."
"Regardless of the physical structure of the library or the age of the school building, the libraries provide an inviting learning environment for students to explore, think, collaborate and create," explains Kern. "Talk to the students in Baltimore County Public Schools and you will hear about the wonderful and exciting things happening in their libraries. Students in this district value the school library and school librarian."
"Baltimore County Public Schools is honored to be recognized for our work to leverage highly effective school librarians as part of our systemwide teaching and learning transformation," said Superintendent Dr. S. Dallas Dance. "Either through collaborating with other educators or working directly with students, our school librarians help students gain in-demand 21st-century skills including constructing meaning through research, problem solving, creativity, and communicating new knowledge. Our school library programs ensure equitable access to an effective, learner-centered digital learning environment."
"On behalf of AASL, I congratulate Baltimore County Public Schools, the 2017 recipient of the AASL's prestigious National School Library Program of the Year Award," said AASL President Audrey Church. "From district level leadership to administrative support to strong building level school librarians, their emphasis is on providing effective school library programs that focus on student learning. Through access to quality resources, instruction in digital literacy, collaboration between librarians and classroom teachers, promotion of books and reading, and connection to community, Baltimore County school libraries are vibrant spaces where learning is transformed. I commend them for their excellent work."
BCPS and other AASL award winners will be honored at the AASL Awards Ceremony & President's Program during the 2017 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. The ceremony will be held from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. on Saturday, June 24. All are welcome to celebrate the accomplishments of their peers during this recognition event.