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 logo

Summer RISE is an initiative led by the Montgomery County Public Schools’ (MCPS) Partnerships Unit in collaboration with businesses, government agencies, higher education institutions, and nonprofit organizations.

It is a four week/40 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.

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MCPS Give BackPacks

Montgomery County Public Schools, in collaboration with the MCPS Educational Foundation, Inc., coordinates the MCPS GIVE BACKpacks campaign.

This campaign seeks to raise money for the purchase of new backpacks filled with school supplies for students in need. Donations are accepted year round.

Learn More or Donate

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.

For more information on the Action Groups:

African American Student Achievement Action Group (AASAAG)

  • 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 21, 7:00-8:30 (Virtual)
  • November 10, 6:00-7:30 p.m. (Virtual)
  • December 1, 6:00-7:30 p.m. (Virtual)
  • January 12, 6:00-7:30 p.m. (Virtual)
  • February 9, 6:00-7:30 p.m. (Virtual)
  • March 2, 6:00-7:30 p.m. (Cancelled)
  • April 6, 6:00-7:30 p.m. (Virtual)
  • May 4, 6:00-7:30 p.m. (Virtual)
  • June 1, 6:00-7:30 p.m. (Virtual)
  • July 6, 6:00-7:30 p.m. (Virtual)

Asian Pacific American Student Achievement Action Group (APASAAG)

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

To contact APASAAG, please send an email to

Mission Statement:

APASAAG represents Asian Pacific American (APA) students and families from diverse ethnic groups, languages, cultures, immigration histories and socio-economic status. We work with MCPS and community stakeholders to support students and promote equitable educational opportunities for them to reach their fullest potential in the context of their unique challenges.

2020-2021 Meeting Dates:

  • September 21, 6:30-8:30 p.m. (Virtual)
  • October 19, 6:30-8:30 p.m. (Virtual)
  • November 16, 6:30-8:30 p.m. (Virtual)
  • December 14, 6:30-8:30 p.m. (Virtual)
  • January 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m. (Virtual)
  • February 22, 6:30-8:30 p.m. (Virtual)
  • March 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m. (Virtual)
  • April 19, 6:30-8:30 p.m. (Virtual)
  • May 17, 6:30-8:30 p.m. (Virtual)
  • June 14, 6:30-8:30 p.m. (Virtual)

Latino Student Achievement Action Group (LSAAG)

  • Sonja Bloetner, MCPS Representative
  • Therese Gibson, Community Representative
  • Jessica Berrellez, 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)
  • November 23, 5:30-6:30 p.m. (Virtual)
  • January 25, 5:30-6:30 p.m. (Virtual)
  • February 22, 5:30-6:30 p.m. (Virtual)
  • April 26, 5:30-6:30 p.m. (Virtual)
  • May 24, 5:30-6:30 p.m. (Virtual)
  • July 26, 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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