Modell to dis­cuss ed­u­ca­tional eq­uity con­cerns

Record Observer - - SCHOOL -

CEN­TRE­VILLE — Com­mu­nity li­ai­son for Queen Anne’s County Pub­lic Schools, Ed Modell is avail­able to meet with in­di­vid­u­als or groups to ad­dress con­cerns sur­round­ing ed­u­ca­tional eq­uity. QACPS is eval­u­at­ing ed­u­ca­tional eq­uity in the school sys­tem, mean­ing that per­sonal or so­cial cir­cum­stances such as gen­der, eth­nic ori­gin or fam­ily back­ground, should not be an ob­sta­cle to achiev­ing ed­u­ca­tional po­ten­tial. QACPS also en­deav­ors to see that stu­dents are treated fairly in re­gards to dis­ci­pline and ac­cess to re­sources.

QACPS has iden­ti­fied gaps in per­for­mance re­sults on tests, num­bers of stu­dents fac­ing sus­pen­sions and other dis­ci­pline as well as grad­u­a­tion lev­els for cer­tain pop­u­la­tion groups. Ac­cord­ing to In­terim Su­per­in­ten­dent Gre­gory Pilewski, “This is a sys­tem-wide is­sue that re­quires a con­cen­trated ef­fort to an­a­lyze, re­flect and rem­edy in or­der to cre­ate mul­ti­cul­tural eq­uity be­tween home, school and com­mu­nity.”

To ad­dress a sig­nif­i­cant part of this is­sue, Queen Anne’s County Pub­lic Schools added the new po­si­tion of com­mu­nity li­ai­son for ed­u­ca­tional eq­uity in the be­gin­ning of the 201718 school year and hired Ed Modell to serve in that role. Modell is a Queen­stown res­i­dent who had a lengthy ca­reer in law. He also is an ex­pe­ri­enced me­di­a­tor and ex­ec­u­tive coach and has years of suc­cess­ful ex­pe­ri­ence in com­mu­nity re­la­tions.

In his ca­pac­ity as com­mu­nity li­ai­son, Modell will of­fer his ser­vices to help im­prove trust through pos­i­tive com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween schools, par­ents, stu­dents and com­mu­nity mem­bers; cre­at­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties to in­crease the in­volve­ment of par­ents and stu­dents from di­verse back­grounds; sup­port­ing school ac­tiv­i­ties that im­prove re­la­tions be­tween di­verse stu­dents and com­mu­ni­ties; help­ing to de­velop school eq­uity plans so that all stu­dents re­ceive the sup­port that they need to suc­ceed; lo­cat­ing men­tors and other com­mu­nity-based re­sources for stu­dents; and ex­plain­ing and im­ple­ment­ing the non-dis­crim­i­na­tory poli­cies and prac­tices of the Queen Anne’s County Pub­lic Schools.

Modell can be con­tacted by phone at 703-819-7521 or by email at ed.modell@ qacps.org.

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