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Update: Montgomery County Public Schools and all administrative offices are closed today (March 21) due to emergency weather conditions. All school and community activities in school buildings are canceled.

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Actualización: Todas las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Montgomery y oficinas administrativas están cerradas hoy 21 de marzo debido a las condiciones del tiempo. Todas las actividades escolares y comunitarias en los edificios escolares quedan canceladas.

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Staff Directory

Equity Initiatives Unit

We believe that each of us is the number one equity strategy.

The mission of the Equity Unit is to build capacity of MCPS  staff to close the racial achievement gap and eliminate racial predictability in student achievement.

Enduring Understanding: Race and culture exert a powerful influence on teaching and learning.

Essential Questions:

  1. How do awareness, knowledge, and understanding of one’s own racial and cultural identity promote effective teaching, leading and learning?
  2. How do awareness, knowledge, and understanding of the racial and cultural identity of students and staff promote effective teaching, leading and learning?
  3. How can adults establish learning environments that are conscious of race and culture to ensure implementation of culturally responsive practices, policies and procedures?

 PDO itinerary


The Department of Professional Learning and Equity Initiatives has a new set of modules for the 2017-2018 school year. Please click here to see the variety of offerings.  

The Equity Initiatives Unit: Full Video Program

This video highlights the work of the MCPS Equity Initiatives Unit which provides school leaders, teachers and staff a variety of supports to build cultural proficiency through the study of equity. The Equity Unit offers one on one supports to schools, training modules, Study Circles and the Excellence in Equity Certificate Program. Watch entire video or select 1 of 7 specific video segments.

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Cultural Competency Presentation, Board of Education Meeting 9/9/2014


Training Video: Building Cultural Competence


As the diversity of the school system increases we interact more and more frequently in cross-cultural contexts in which people with differing beliefs, values, and perspectives must collaborate to learn and work. Rapid advances in technology permit us to communicate with even greater numbers of people from diverse cultures. Our willingness to understand others is becoming increasingly more important to effective communication and interaction with culturally diverse people. Effective communicators must be aware of other people’s perspectives and cultural frames of reference. Effective communicators must establish positive and productive relationships through awareness and understanding of the thoughts, feelings, experiences, and realities of people culturally different from themselves.

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The Equity Team

Who We Are









 PDO itinerary






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Professional Development 2017-2018




The Department of Professional Learning and Equity Initiatives has a new set of modules for the 2017-2018 school year. Please click here to see the variety of offerings. Winter modules will be released at 7:30 pm on December 1.

 Islam 101
PDO Signup
(try searching for "EIU")




  School Contact List

Support to Schools


Please click here for the Memorandum on how the Department of Professional Learning and Equity Initiatives will support school improvements for the 2017-2018 school year.


Upcoming Events

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 Please click here to see CUAH School Conference upcoming dates and registration for the event.  


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