Modell to discuss educational equity concerns
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.