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Office of Minority Achievement

The role of minority achievement is to monitor the implementation of the 10 requirements to increase minority achievement and to ultimately eliminate the achievement gap among student groups.

Minority Achievement Requirements

The following requirements were developed by the school system's Minority Achievement Advisory Committee and have been adopted by the school system to address the achievement gap of minority students:

Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) will attract, recruit, employ, support and retain minority employees and encourage them to seek opportunities for advancement and promotion.

  • Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) will attract, recruit, employ, support and retain minority employees and encourage them to seek opportunities for advancement and promotion.
  • CCPS will provide sensitivity training to all employees, certificated and support personnel, to address cultural diversity. A human relations course will be required as a condition of hiring.
  • CCPS will provide training for parents in critical areas such as conferencing, homework assistance, system policies and procedures, discipline, grading and reporting and students' academic performance.
  • CCPS will provide yearly updates to the community on academic achievement and minority participation (in forums, churches and civic organizations, flyers and in the media). Academic celebrations will occur just as athletic banquets and other recognition programs do.
  • CCPS will strive to ensure equality and equity for schools based on identified needs in order to address the five-year plan focus of academic achievement, personal responsibility and career readiness.
  • CCPS will provide opportunities for minority students, particularly African Americans, to participate in accelerated and enrichment opportunities within and beyond the regular classroom (minimum participation of 10-25 percent of the total African American student population).
  • CCPS will assist schools in attracting, recruiting and training minority role models to work with individual students, groups or in school wide settings.
  • CCPS will provide assistance in the established homework or tutorial centers with computer training, reading and mathematics, targeting those students who have been identified from data in need of remediation. Students will also be given enrichment instruction.
  • CCPS will provide intensive reading and accelerated math programs for elementary and middle school students.
  • CCPS will build in a monitoring system for the implementation of these recommendations.

Additional Programs

Programs Offered Through Minority Achievement

DIVERSITY AND BLENDED CULTURE COURSE (DABC)

The Diversity and Blended Culture Course was approved by the Charles County Board of Education in 1998, as one of the Ten Requirements to increase minority achievement. This class is a one credit, 15 hour course which was designed to address diversity issues and demographics in the Charles County Public School System and is required by all system employees.

MENTORING

Adults can make a difference in a young person's life through the mentoring program. Activities encourage students to achieve excellence in school. The mentoring program provides many ways to work with students. Last year, more than 800 mentors worked with Charles County Public Schools students. Mentors can work with individual students and/or groups. For more information or to volunteer, call 301-934-7244.

JOB SHADOW

Job Shadow Day is a national initiative that gives students a firsthand look at the world of work. Job shadowing can take many forms, but typically it encompasses a half-day visit by a student to a place of work. The student should have an opportunity to tour the site, "shadow" an employee for at least two hours and participate in workplace activities. For more information, call 301-934-7244.

MARYLAND MESA

Maryland MESA (Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement) is a structured pre-college program dedicated to supporting and developing the interests, skills and abilities of elementary, middle, and high school students in science, technology, engineering and math. The program's goals are to increase the number of engineers, scientists, mathematicians and related professionals at technical and management levels. For more information, call 301-934-7244.

FUTURE EDUCATORS OF AMERICA

Future Educators of America (FEA), a subsidiary of Phi Delta Kappa, the national professional educators' fraternity, motivates middle and high school students of diverse backgrounds to pursue careers in education while studying teaching, working to improve the image of teaching, boosting faculty morale and linking students, teachers, parents and community. FEA chapters are in all middle and high schools for student's grades 6 through 12 who are interested in becoming educators. For more information about FEA, call 301-934-7244.

Comments or questions about this site? Contact the office of minority achievement at 301-934-7245.

 


 

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