Media Advisory: Actor Hill Harper & Advocate Marian Wright Edelman to Appear at PGCPS Family Institute Conference

Media Advisory: Actor Hill Harper & Advocate Marian Wright Edelman to Appear at PGCPS Family Institute Conference

August 30, 2016
For Immediate Release
Office of Communications
Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) Hill Harper, Actor and Author Marian Wright Edelman, Founder and President, Children's Defense Fund
Inaugural Family Institute Conference
Saturday, Sept. 10 • 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


 Charles H. Flowers High School

10001 Ardwick-Ardmore Road Springdale, MD

Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) is hosting the inaugural Family Institute Conference to enhance the role of parents and families in education. The conference is one of many system-wide events and activities this year that will focus on the importance of families in strengthening school communities. Marian Wright Edelman and Hill Harper will deliver remarks separately. Conference topics will include parent advocacy, college and career preparation, social media, healthy living and finding the right school and specialty programs, support services and resources. Sessions will be categorized as follows: Family Empowerment – Supports participants’ personal and professional goals, focusing on child development, effective parenting practices, parent leadership and advocacy. 21st Century Learning – Fosters in-depth understanding of curriculum, assessments, academic supports, policies and procedures. Health and Wellness – Develops health habits that promote success, emphasizing physical, social and emotional well-being. PGCPS Connects – Aims to equip PGCPS staff with best practices in family and community engagement. The conference is free to attend. Free breakfast and snacks will be provided. Free childcare is available for families who pre-register. For more information, visit


Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS), one of the nation's 25 largest school districts, has 208 schools and centers, more than 130,000 students and nearly 19,000 employees. Under the leadership of Chief Executive Officer Dr. Kevin M. Maxwell, the school system serves a diverse student population from urban, suburban and rural communities located in the Washington, DC suburbs. PGCPS is nationally recognized for innovative programs and initiatives that provide students with unique learning opportunities, including arts integration, environmental and financial literacy, and language immersion.