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Watch Board of Ed meeting March 11 Watch Board of Ed meeting March 11

The Board of Education's all-day business meeting will be webcast live starting at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, March 11. You need the free Windows MediaPlayer on your computer to view the meeting.

MCPS awarded for work with English learners MCPS awarded for work with English learners

The school system has been named one of six Best Practice Districts in the nation by the American Productivity and Quality Center (APQC). Schools are narrowing the achievement gap for students with limited English proficiency through effective English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) curriculum, instruction and assessment. APQC’s case study about the county’s ESOL program can be used to improve services to English learners around the nation

Club promotes literacy through Hip Hop Club promotes literacy through Hip Hop

A new Hip Hop Literacy Club at Maryvale Elementary School is helping students develop greater literacy through reading about and analyzing different songs. Club members, guided by teacher Kelly Hill, study a song then break into smaller “clubs” to write their own lyrics and letters, and create posters, presentations and a dance that reflects the meaning of the song.

Jumping rope for fun and health Jumping rope for fun and health

Westover Elementary School students jump rope after viewing a demonstration by the Kangaroo Kids, a precision jump rope team from Howard County. PE teacher Amanda Ramsey (far right), a Kangaroo Kid performer and teacher, and former World Jump Rope Champion, jumped with the group during the demonstration. The activity was one of the ways schools are promoting a healthy lifestyle and encouraging students to exercise.

Family friendly parent- teacher conferences Family friendly parent- teacher conferences

Reading and Spanish teacher Maria Guerrero talks with a parent and student during a recent parent-teacher conference at A. Mario Loiederman Magnet Middle School for Creative and Performing Arts. The school schedules conferences one day each semester from 2 to 8 p.m., which allows more parents, especially fathers, to attend. No appointments are necessary and parents can speak with all of their child's teachers.

B-CC participates in national forum B-CC participates in national forum

Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School Principal Sean Bulson, student Marisol Williams, parent Susan Kitt and resource teacher Ivan Teelucksingh joined national education experts from New York University in a panel at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., to discuss homework. The B-CC panelists provided firsthand perspective supporting the findings of the MetLife 2007 Survey of the American Teacher: The Homework Experience, part of a series published annually since 1984.  

M-Stat process improves achievement M-Stat process improves achievement Video story icon

M-Stat is a way to focus on key data at the district, school, and classroom level in order to improve achievement for all students. Leadership staff members are using the process to determine which strategies are most effective in raising performance and closing the gap. One key data point is enrollment in Algebra I by Grade 8.

PreK, Head Start registration open PreK, Head Start registration open

Parents can now register children who will be 4 years old by Sept. 1 for the 2008–2009 Prekindergarten and Head Start programs. Both provide comprehensive services including preschool education, health and social services, and parent involvement for low-income families, including those with children with disabilities. Visit the Early Childhood Readiness Fair Mar. 7, 9:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m., at Long Branch Community Center. More information: 301-431-7696.