Community Engagement

Hundreds Attend College Prep Fair

More than 200 people attended the fourth annual MCPS College Preparation and Scholarship Fair on Saturday, May 2, at the Universities at Shady Grove. Parents and students talked with representatives from colleges and universities, attended breakout sessions on a variety of topics, and participated in a campus tour.


Parent Academy Offers New Workshops

The spring session of the MCPS Parent Academy has begun, offering parents an array of workshops to support their children’s success in school. Don’t miss sessions on internet safety, effective parenting strategies, PARCC assessments and many more topics. Parent Academy workshops are free, and childcare and interpretation services are provided at all sessions.

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Parent Academy

Fighting for Funding

Local and state officials, community leaders, parents, and educators gathered at Walter Johnson High School May 5 to urge Maryland Governor Larry Hogan Jr. to fully fund public education. At the event, a letter was signed and sent to Governor Hogan asking him to restore a cut that would cost MCPS $17 million in funding.

BOE Blog: Fully fund public education 


Honoring the Work of MCPS Teachers

May 4–8 is Teacher Appreciation Week and MCPS is honoring all of the educators and staff who help MCPS students thrive. Emily Alcroft, first grade teacher at Flower Valley Elementary School, and Amy Blasko-Brooks, kindergarten teacher at Montgomery Knolls Elementary School, are two examples of MCPS staff who go above and beyond. They are this year’s recipients of the Shirley J. Lowrie “Thank You for Teaching” Award, which honors outstanding elementary school educators.

Thank you for teaching

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What We Do

What We Do

Services for Parents

  • Parent Academy
    Sign up for free workshops on tips and tools to help your child succeed in school
  • Linkages to LearningLinkages to Learning
    Get information about services for at-risk children and their families

Services for Students

Services for Schools



Community Partnerships

Contact Us

Office of Community Engagement and Partnerships

Carver Educational Services Center
850 Hungerford Drive, Room 130
Rockville, MD 20850
Directions to Office  

Mr. Timothy B. Warner
Chief Engagement and Partnership Officer
Phone: 301-279-3074

Mrs. Traci L. Anderson
Assistant to the Chief Engagement and Partnership Officer
Phone: 301-279-3074

Ms. Diedre Couey
Communications Assistant
Phone: 301-279-3100

Mrs. Deborah Flinchbaugh
Administrative Services Manager
Phone: 301-279-3074

Mrs. Tanya Gourley
Fiscal Assistant III
Phone: 301-279-3100

OCEP Teams and Staff Contact Information

Family & Community Engagement  
Organizational Partnerships  



Interested in volunteering with MCPS?

  • Connection Resource Bank
    Volunteer to share your expertise and experience with MCPS students
    Volunteer to help K-2 students improve their reading and math skills
  • btsf logo webBack-to-School Fair
    Volunteer at the informative, fun-filled day for parents, students and the community



Find out how MCPS's engagement strategy is transforming communities, individuals and institutions.

The Challenge

To empower all students, parents and community leaders to become active in shaping the student learning experience, and to engage institutions in every sector of the community to support student learning.

How Engagement Works

Community engagement increases equity and improves public education by building capacity and power in communities. It works to address the issues that families in communities face so that students can take full advantage of their educational experience.


  • Enhancing culturally-competent, historically-aware and economically empowering family engagement at the local school level
  • Engaging institutions in every sector (private industry, non-profit, faith communities and local government) in the critical work of supporting the education of our students
  • Creating and leveraging within MCPS an organizational structure and culture that supports OCEP’s vision
  • Identifying specific culturally and historically-informed strategies to leverage community engagement to help close the achievement gap


About OCEP

The Office of Community Engagement and Partnerships (OCEP) helps schools engage the communities of the children and families MCPS serves to promote student learning.

About Timothy B. Warner, Chief Engagement and Partnership Officer


Watch OCEP's Chief Officer on Take 10 

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