Community Engagement

Getting Ready for PARCC

MCPS students in grades 3 through 8 and some high school classes will take the new English and mathematics Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessments this year. The first of two PARCC testing periods will begin on March 3. The new assessments will provide a better measure of whether students are meeting grade-level expectations.

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Community Shares Input at Public Forum

Nearly 100 MCPS parents, staff and community members gathered at two public forums on March 4 to share their ideas on the priorities and leadership qualities the next MCPS superintendent should have. The forums were held at Eastern Middle School and Walter Johnson High School.

Superintendent Search web page

Superintendent Search

MCPS Annual Report to the Community

The Annual Report to the Community for the 2013-2014 school year tells the story of MCPS—the factors that are driving change in our district; the strategies we are using to close the achievement gap and prepare our students for success in the 21st century; and the operational and student performance data we use to monitor our progress. Read the report to learn more and meet some of our outstanding students and staff who make MCPS what it is today and what it will be in the future.

Visit the Annual Report to the Community online


Parent Academy Offers New Workshops

Registration is open for the winter session of the MCPS Parent Academy that began on Jan. 14. Parent Academy workshops give parents useful tips and tools to support their children’s success in school. Don’t miss sessions on college and career planning, PARCC assessments, homework, substance abuse and many more topics. The workshops are free and childcare and interpretation services are provided.

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Upcoming Events

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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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