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Community Engagement and Equity

Our Staff

Sylvia Royster

Sylvia Royster
Director of Community Engagement and Equity


Christine Paul
Community Engagement and Equity Specialist

Rachel Ruiz
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.

CCPS Celebrates
National Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Flyer

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Hispanic Heritage Ceremony
at the Board of Education Meeting

CCBOE Hispanic Heritage Ceremony

Title VI Indian Education Grant

The Indian Education Formula Grant program provides grants to support local educational agencies in their efforts to reform elementary and secondary school programs that serve Indian students. Annually each applicant develops and submits to the Department a comprehensive plan for meeting the needs of Indian children. Applicants must develop this plan in collaboration with a local committee comprised primarily of parents and family members of Indian children and must include student performance goals, a description of professional development activities that the applicant will carry out, and an explanation of how it will assess students’ progress toward meeting its goals and will provide the results of this assessment to the parent committee, Indian community and tribes whose children are served by the LEA.

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  Learn More about Indian Education Formula Grants

Indian Education Eligibility Certification Form


Bunkyo University Teacher Education Program

Charles County Public Schools has an ongoing partnership with Bunkyo University in Japan.  This partnership allows students in the education program from Bunkyo University to actively participate in American education.  The Bunkyo University students work with school-based instructional staff to observe and conduct lessons to our students.  They also provide Japanese cultural experiences to enhance our students’ learning.