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P.G. County Education Briefs: Substitute Teacher Academy

Dorothy Rowley | 7/23/2014, 3 p.m.
The Office of Talent Development will host a two-part Substitute Teacher Academy for the months of July and August.
Courtesy of pgcps.org

The Office of Talent Development will host a two-part Substitute Teacher Academy for the months of July and August.

The Academy will focus on teaching techniques, classroom management strategies, and the skills a substitute teacher needs in order to be successful in the classroom.

While the workshops are designed to support the professional training of substitute teachers, they will focus on strategies that foster student engagement and help to establish positive classroom environments.

Part I of the Academy runs from July 28 through July 31, and Part II will be offered Aug. 4 through Aug. 7.

Both sessions will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at James Madison Middle School in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.

For more information and to register, call 301-599-2422.

County Receives $3M for Two New Schools

The New York-based Carnegie Corporation will fund the construction of two new county schools through a partnership involving the school system, Internationals Network for Public Schools and CASA de Maryland.

The two CASA-International Community Schools – which are expected to open at the start of the 2015-16 term – are the first of their kind in the county.

“We have a wonderful partnership with [the participating] organizations and securing this grant allows us to work collectively to provide our students with a valuable education,” said Kevin Maxwell, schools CEO. “We serve a very diverse student population where academic support and language services must be integrated for our students' success. These schools will enable us to do that more effectively."

The new schools will also provide immigrant students, as well as those who are economically-disadvantaged and prospective first-generation college students, with an opportunity to earn their high school diplomas.

“The development of these schools is an important step in addressing the serious challenges facing Prince George’s County, especially the Langley Park community,” said Gustavo Torres, executive director of CASA de Maryland.

Registration Alert

School begins Aug. 26, and in order to secure bus transportation by that time, parents are urged to make sure their children are registered for classes by Aug. 8.

Registrations completed after Aug. 8 will result in students receiving a temporary schedule with selected general classes until Aug. 30.

Otherwise, early registration is advised to ensure an "official" schedule for the first day of school.

Office of Constituent Services

Parents, community leaders and other county residents are encouraged to forward their concerns and commendations regarding school programs and services to the Office of Constituent Services.

However, personnel issues are the exclusive responsibility of the chief operating officer of schools and are not subject to public problem-resolution procedures.

When a request for resolution is received at the school or office, the principal should contact the complainant within 48 hours to acknowledge receipt of their written concerns.