Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kimberly Hill, along with three other Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) staff members, recently participated in a series of interviews for use in a video series about the implementation of the Common Core State Standards. In 2011, the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) developed Maryland’s College and Career-Ready Standards (MDCCRS), which were developed from the Common Core Standards. The standards define the skills and knowledge students need to be successful in the workplace and postsecondary education, ensuring that students receive a high quality education. CCPS began implementing the MDCCRS last school year.
The series was produced by the Alliance for Excellent Education, which today released the videos on their website, http://all4ed.org/. Videos in the series also feature comments about the implementation of new learning standards for CCPS from Amy Hollstein, assistant superintendent of instruction. Additionally, John Hanson Middle School Principal Kathy Kiessling, and Erica Williams, an instructional resource teacher at Hanson, talk about the implementation of the standards at the middle-school level.
The videos serve as a resource for other school districts in the process of implementing Common Core. Other educators from Maryland featured in the video include staff from Baltimore City Public Schools, and Dr. Henry Johnson, who is the assistant state superintendent, division of curriculum, assessment and accountability with MSDE.
Maryland is one of five states, along with California, Colorado, Kentucky and Ohio, chosen to be featured in the Alliance’s video series. The Alliance chose CCPS among Maryland school districts to participate in the video series for efforts in improving high school graduation rates and closing achievement gaps. The videos featuring CCPS staff are available for view at http://all4ed.org/commoncoreequity/common-core-and-equity-maryland/. The series of videos is posted at http://all4ed.org/CommonCoreEquity/.
Charles County Public Schools provides 26,500 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 36 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.