Partnerships Unit

The Partnerships Unit engages with partners from state, county, public, private, volunteer and philanthropic agencies, as well as higher education institutions and faith-based communities working towards a greater collective impact for Montgomery County Public School (MCPS)  students, families, and MCPS staff.


  • To build partnerships which engage, enhance and expand student learning and success in alignment with strategic priorities of our school system.
  • To support student opportunities to learn about workforce development and careers.
  • To expand and enrich learning opportunities particularly in the content areas of Science, Technology, Arts, Engineering and Mathematics (STEAM).
  • To build upon and deepen existing partnerships to ensure student success.
  • To create and engage new partnerships which support student readiness to attend college or pursue a career.

Learn More about Central Office Managed Partnerships

Contact Us

45 W Gude Drive, Suite 2301
Rockville, MD 20850

Phone: 240-740-5599
Staff Emails and Contact Info

Summer RISE

Summer Rise logo

Summer RISE is an initiative led by the Montgomery County Public Schools’ (MCPS) Partnerships Unit in collaboration with local businesses, government agencies, higher education institutions, and non-profit organizations. It is a three to four week/60 to 80 hour program for rising MCPS juniors and seniors to participate in a career-based learning opportunity during the summer. Each host teaches students about their organization and how it functions as a whole, then helps the student learn about careers within their organization. The experience exposes students to career field options and provides students with advice from adults in careers they may want to consider. If you are interested in becoming a career host or would like more information about the program, please click on this link.


MCPS Give BackPacksMontgomery County Public Schools, in collaboration with the MCPS Educational Foundation, coordinates the GIVE BACKpacks campaign. This campaign seeks to raise money for the purchase of new backpacks filled with school supplies for students in need. To kick off the 2019-2020 school year, 13,805 backpacks were provided to students at 50 schools, including students enrolled through the International Admissions and Enrollment Office. Since 2013, 94,648 backpacks have been donated to students. Donations are accepted year round. If you would like to make a donation or want to learn more about the campaign, please click on this link.

Action Groups

Montgomery County Public Schools has three action groups comprised of parents, MCPS staff and community stakeholders to provide a forum to address barriers to student success. These groups work collaboratively with MCPS leadership to ensure equitable access and practices for all MCPS students.

The groups and co-leader contact information are as follows:

AASAAG (African American Student Achievement Action Group)

Bakari Haynes, MCPS Representative 

 Frances Frost, MCPS Representative

 Christine Stokes-Beverly, Parent Representative

To contact AASAAG, please send an email to

 Mission Statement: The African American Student Achievement Action Group (AASAAG) is a group of parents, MCPS staff, and community members committed to providing a continual, transparent forum between the African American community and MCPS.  We work collaboratively to develop strategies to eliminate the African American academic achievement and opportunity gap in Montgomery County Public Schools. AASAAG has cited cultural proficiency, early interventions, and structural racism as the root causes of the achievement gap, and has centered the work of the group on these areas of focus.

 2020-2021 Meeting Dates:      
October 6, 6:00-8:00 p.m., virtual              January 5, 6:00-8:00 p.m., virtual                April 6, 6:00-8:00 p.m., virtual           July 6, 6:00-8:00 p.m., virtual 
November, TBD                                         February 2, 6:00-8:00 p.m., virtual              May 4, 6:00-8:00 p.m., virtual  
December 1, 6:00-8:00 p.m., virtual          March 2, 6:00-8:00 p.m., virtual                  June 1, 6:00-8:00 p.m., virtual          


APASAAG (Asian Pacific American Student Achievement Action Group)

Anita Chan, MCPS Representative
Adam Lee, Community Representative
Julie Yang, Parent Representative

To contact APASAAG, please send an email to

 Mission Statement: APASAAG is an advisory body whose members engage in regular dialogue with MCPS to provide input and feedback on issues affecting the Asian Pacific American (APA) community and advocate on behalf of APA students. APASAAG works with MCPS and community stakeholders to address supports for APA students and promote opportunities for them to reach their fullest potential in the context of the unique challenges of a community that is comprised of diverse ethnic groups, languages, cultures, immigration histories and socio-economic status.

 2020-2021 Meeting Dates:
September 21, 6:30-8:30 p.m., virtual            January 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m., virtual                            May 17, 6:30-8:30 p.m., CESC Room 134
October 19, 6:30-8:30 p.m., virtual                 February 22, 6:30-8:30 p.m., CESC Room 134        June 14, 6:30-8:30 p.m., CESC Room 134  
November 16, 6:30-8:30 p.m., virtual             March 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m., CESC Room 134                
December 14, 6:30-8:30 p.m., virtual             April 19, 6:30-8:30 p.m., CESC Room 134            


LSAAG (Latino Student Achievement Action Group)

Sonja Bloetner, MCPS Representative
Therese Gibson, Community Representative
Elena Reis, Parent Representative

To contact LSAAG, please send an email to

 Mission Statement: The Latino Student Achievement Action Group (LSAAG) was established by Montgomery County Public Schools and Latino parent and community activists to provide a continual, transparent forum, between Latino community stakeholders and MCPS policy and decision makers to work collaboratively on eliminating the Latino academic achievement gap.

 2020-2021 Meeting Dates:
October 5, 5:30-6:30 p.m., virtual                February 22, 5:30-6:30 p.m., virtual          July 26, 5:30-6:30 p.m., virtual                  
November 23, 5:30-6:30 p.m., virtual          April 26, 5:30-6:30 p.m., virtual            
January 25, 5:30-6:30 p.m., virtual              May 24, 5:30-6:30 p.m., virtual          




For more information about the action groups, please contact any of the chairs directly or our office at 240-740-5599.

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