• News Release: Parent Power: PGCPS Prepares to Launch Family Institute

    September 8, 2016
    For Immediate Release
    Office of Communications

    UPPER MARLBORO, MD –  Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) will host its first Family Institute Conference this weekend to promote family and community engagement throughout the school system.

    Approximately 1,000 attendees are expected Saturday at Charles H. Flowers High School to participate hear from guest speakers Marian Wright Edelman, Children's Defense Fund founder and president, and actor-author Hill Harper. The conference will serve as the official kick-off event for the Department of Family and Community Engagement, developed two years ago by Chief Executive Officer Dr. Kevin M. Maxwell in collaboration with the Prince George’s County Board of Education.

    The Department of Family and Community Engagement will work to increase participation and collaboration between families, schools and the larger community in support of student achievement. The conference is one of several system-wide events that aim to focus on the importance of families in strengthening school communities. Family Institute will hold sessions throughout the year along four themes:

    • 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.

    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. Registration is free. For more information, visit pgcpsfamily.org


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    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. 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.