PGCPS holds first in­au­gu­ral con­fer­ence for new Fam­ily In­sti­tute

The Enquire-Gazette - - Front Page - By JOHNATHON CLINKSCALES jclinkscales@somd­news.com

The Prince Ge­orge’s County Pub­lic School (PGCPS) sys­tem held its first Fam­ily In­sti­tute In­au­gu­ral Con­fer­ence Satur­day at Charles H. Flow­ers High School in Spring­dale, the first of sev­eral sys­tem-wide events fo­cused on the im­por­tance of fam­i­lies in strength­en­ing school com­mu­ni­ties and in­creas­ing their par­tic­i­pa­tion and col­lab­o­ra­tion with the larger com­mu­nity in sup­port of stu­dent achieve­ment.

More than 1,100 peo­ple at­tended the con­fer­ence which served as the of­fi­cial kick-off event for the Depart­ment of Fam­ily and Com­mu­nity En­gage­ment de­vel­oped two years ago by PGCPS CEO Kevin Maxwell in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the board of ed­u­ca­tion. Fam­i­lies par­tic­i­pated in two dif­fer­ent learn­ing ses­sions com­posed of four strands each — fam­ily em­pow­er­ment, 21st cen­tury learn­ing, health and well­ness and PGCPS con­nects.

Guest speak­ers in­cluded Maxwell, Board of Ed­u­ca­tion Chair­man Se­gun Eubanks, In­struc­tional Spe­cial­ist and Fam- ily In­sti­tute Project Man­ager De­sann Man­zano-Lee, Depart­ment of Fam­ily and Com­mu­nity En­gage­ment Di­rec­tor Sheila Jack­son who was mistress of cer­e­monies, school sys­tem Strate­gic and Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs Chief Christian Rhodes as well as spe- cial re­marks from Chil­dren’s De­fense Fund Founder/Pres­i­dent Mar­ian Wright Edel­man and award-win­ning ac­tor, author and phi­lan­thropist Hill Harper, both of whom were spon­sored by Aetna.

“We’re so ex­cited to host this event be­cause we know at the core of ev­ery great com­mu­nity are great fam­i­lies,” said Gor­man Brown, prin­ci­pal of Flow­ers High. “We are em­brac­ing the

STAFF PHO­TOS BY JOHNATHON CLINKSCALES

Depart­ment of Fam­ily and Com­mu­nity En­gage­ment Di­rec­tor Sheila Jack­son, cen­ter, smiles as she watches Prince Ge­orge’s County Pub­lic Schools CEO Kevin Maxwell present a plaque to Chil­dren’s De­fense Fund Founder/Pres­i­dent Mar­ian Wright Edel­man, who was the key­note speaker for the school sys­tem’s first Fam­ily In­sti­tute In­au­gu­ral Con­fer­ence Sept. 10 at Charles H. Flow­ers High School in Spring­dale. Award-win­ning ac­tor, author and phi­lan­thropist Hill Harper also spoke as a spe­cial guest to kick-off the event.

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