Superintendent of Schools Kimberly A. Hill and the Charles County Commissioners today announced a joint appointment of Christina Miller, a longtime school system educator, as the Coordinator of District Innovation for Charles County Public Schools (CCPS). Miller currently serves as the CCPS coordinator of formative assessment and takes on the new role July 1.
This is a new position for CCPS that was created in response to a requirement in the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future legislation. The Blueprint for Maryland’s Future legislation was voted into law this past spring by the Maryland General Assembly. The legislation is focused on education reform, and social-emotional and career supports for students and staff. The law requires the governing body of each county to jointly appoint with the local school system a coordinator responsible for ensuring the Blueprint components are implemented.
Miller will continue to oversee formative assessment for the school system, and has several years of experience to support CCPS in its implementation of the Blueprint requirements. Part of these requirements include hiring educators at higher salaries, expanding early childhood and career and technical education opportunities, community schools, supports for English language learners, and special education and mental health resources.
Hill said Miller is the right person for this new role. “She possesses the skills and abilities, is a proven leader in our organization and has the necessary experience to lead CCPS in the Blueprint implementation as we work to move education forward in Charles County,” Hill said.
Miller joined CCPS in 2002 as a reading/language arts and social studies teacher at Milton M. Somers Middle School. She also has school-level experience as a team leader and testing coordinator. Miller has experience in supporting CCPS at the systemwide level as a specialist in test development and most recently as the CCPS coordinator of formative assessment. In her new role, Miller will work closely with the CCPS Office of School Administration.
The law requires local school systems and county governments to appoint a Blueprint implementation coordinator by June 30, 2021. The Public Schools Superintendent Association of Maryland (PSSAM) and the Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE) are working to create a Blueprint advisory work group. As part of this initiative, implementation coordinators from Maryland school systems will collaborate to discuss the structure and responsibilities of the position, as well as share best practices and implementation strategies.
Charles County Public Schools provides 27,000 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 37 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.
The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Kathy Kiessling, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Nikial Majors, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event. CCPS provides nondiscriminatory equal access to school facilities in accordance with its Use of Facilities rules to designated youth groups (including, but not limited to, the Boy Scouts).