PGCPS holds first inaugural conference for new Family Institute
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
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.