Our Current Agenda
Pillar 1: Early Childhood
AACPS has moved to a centralized registration system to provide more equitable access for families to apply to our Prekindergarten programs.
Prekindergarten Eligibillity & Requirements: Looking Ahead
AACPS continues to survey current buildings as well as alternate locations to identify educationally sufficient spaces for potentional Prekindergarten programs.
Pillar II: High Quality Teachers and Leaders
National Board Certification
AACPS NBCT Current and Upcoming Happenings
- Monthly Meetings for initial and continuing candidates
- Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Candidates Monthly Meeting
- Each candidate is assigned to a Professional Learning Facilitator (Mentor) in their certification area. Currently we have 55 Mentors supporting over 325 candidates
- 15 school based support groups led by NBCT's at their schools
- Saturday Blitzes - monthly work time from 9-2 with NBCT Teacher Specialists and NBCT's providing support
- Recruitment through AAASBE Meetings
- Working with the Workforce Specialist to recruit diverse candidates
- Visiting MSDE identified schools to provide information about National Board Certification
- Monthly virtual informational meetings
- Hosted Jumpstart Sessions to help prepare candidates for the certification process
- Created a NBCT Leadership Team to address recruiting diverse candidates
- Hosting a Diverse Candidate Networking session in November
AACPS Workforce Monitoring Team
AACPS is committed to developing a highly qualified workforce that reflects the diversity of our students and surrounding community. AACPS defines Diversity as a range of human differences including but not limited to dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs, or other ideologies.
AACPS has a multi-faceted approach to diversity and inclusion within our system. The Office of Workforce Diversity collaborates with other AACPS departments that have been established to increase diversity within our school community and to ensure the equitable allocation of services for our students.
Why is Diversity Important in the Workplace?
Diversity in the workplace allows individuals from different backgrounds and with different perspectives to learn from each other. We believe hiring individuals with from various backgrounds and with different talents, skills, and perspectives will enhance creativity and innovation within our organization.
Employee Retention Initiatives
The L.E.E.D.S program (which stands for Linking Educators to Ensure Development & Success) is a voluntary support program for diverse educators new to AACPS. Participants are assigned a mentor who provides support and guidance for the new employee.
Pillar 3: College and Career Readiness
New Proposed CCR Standard
A new standard to measure College and Career Readiness (CCR) has been proposed by MSDE. The new standard included using GPA as a CCR indicator. This also included the addition of a math mastery requirement that students earn a "C" or higher in Algebra 1 or a passing score on the Algebra 1 MCAP exam.
Public Input Opportunities
The State Board of Education wants to hear from you!
You can complete the online feedback survey to share your opinions on the CCR standard now until November 30th.
Go to: bit.ly/FeedbackCCR. You can also use the QR code pictured.
The Feedback Survey and final reports are available at: blueprint.marylandpublicschools.org/ccr-research-study/
AACPS College and Career Supports and Pathways
College and Career Readiness Planning for All Students
AACPS utilizes Xello (grades 4-8) and Naviance (grades 9-12), and other digital tools to allow students and families a space to explore academic strengths, student interests, and career opportunities and to identify college and career readiness goals for students. It is through these digital tools that we will work with students and families on creating their Individual Learning Plans.
Pillar 4: Student Supports
More Resources for More Students to be Successful
Anne Arundel County Public School's Community School Program is funded through Blueprint for Maryland's Future Grant. Mayland law defines "community school" as:
Community school means a public school that establishes a set of strategic partnerships between the school and other community resources that promote student achievement, positive learning conditions, and the well–being of students by providing wraparound services. (Blueprint for Maryland’s Future)
Community Schools Overview
All AACPS Community Schools have a Program Manager who works to connect families with community resources, establish and strengthen community partnerships, and to plan programming to support students and their families in the following four areas:
- Physical Health Needs of Students and their Families
- Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Needs of Students and their Families
- Academic Enrichment and Learning Environment Needs for Students and Staff
- 2+ Generational Needs, Including Family Education, Workforce Development, and Early Childhood Outreach
Spanish Language Mental Health Resources
The National Institute of Mental Health now has resources available in Spanish.
NIMH Offers Mental Health Information in Spanish!
During National Hispanic Heritage Month, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) wants to bring awareness to its brochures and fact sheets in Spanish on mental health disorders and related topics for patients and their families, health professionals, and the public. You can order printed materials free of charge.