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Community Engagement and Equity

Dept of Community Engagement and Equity

The Department of Community Engagement and Equity is dedicated to ensuring that Charles County Public Schools is an educational environment unhindered by bias or discrimination, where individuals of all backgrounds and experiences are welcomed, included, and encouraged to succeed.  Our office strives to implement equitable opportunities to close the achievement gaps and infuse learning opportunities for students and staff.  Diverse instructional content is provided to schools to create culturally affirming environments where openness, inclusiveness, respect, and appreciation for diversity of thought, values, cultures, learning styles, and actions flourish.  This department works to create an equitable, hospitable, safe, and inclusive environment for our students, families, and staff.

The mission of Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is to provide an opportunity for all school-aged children to receive an academically challenging, quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares for life, in an environment that is safe and conducive to learning.

CCPS promotes equity among all students, staff, teachers and community members. Board of Education equity policy, core values and CCPS system goals focus on teaching students the value of diversity and mutual respect. As a school system that values equity and diversity, our teachers, staff and administrators must model these values for children and the community.

Board values, coupled with operational goals, drive the work of CCPS and address equity for all. CCPS is committed to working with the community to ensure our schools are safe places where all students are welcomed, valued and respected. Our department is here to support students, staff and families and aid in discussions about social actions that diminish the values of others. 

Black History Month Events and Resources

BHM panel discussion

Black History Month panel discussion on Voices of Power, Resistance and Change was held on Feb. 22 at Thomas Stone High School.

Community members and panelists shared their stories of success, challenges, areas of concerns for our youth, and perspectives on Black History Month. It was a powerful collaboration of voices and community members to engage in real conversations for the benefit of our youth in Charles County.


Our Staff

Sylvia Royster

Sylvia Royster
Director of Community Engagement and Equity

Christine Paul
Community Engagement and Equity Specialist