Connect PGCPS Employee Newsletter: $25M Teacher Development Grant Awarded, Student Safety Updates, Think Pink

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October 24, 2017

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PGCPS Receives Three-Year, $25M Grant to Improve Teacher Recruitment, Placement, Support and Retention at High-Needs Schools

Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) will receive a three-year, $25 million U.S. Department of Education grant to improve teacher hiring, placement, support and retention, focusing on 40 high-needs schools. >>>Video recap.

PGCPS and Sprint Launch 1Million Project to Connect Nearly 3,000 High School Students 


(Potomac High School students pose with ABC7 anchor/education reporter Kellye Lynn at Sprint 1Million Project launch last week. The project will give 3,000 PGCPS students free mobile devices and internet access.)

PGCPS Continues Focus on Student Safety

Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS) is committed to providing safe and supportive learning environments for students and staff. Our recent improvements to administrative procedures and staff training have strengthened our school safety efforts and reduced the number of staff on administrative leave. 

The updated administrative procedures are below:

For more information about school volunteer and visitor requirements, please visit the Student Safety webpage.

PGCPS Commemorations and Features


Wear Orange for National Bullying Prevention Month on Oct. 27

PGCPS will turn orange on Oct. 27 for National Bullying Prevention Month. Upload photos to social media using hashtag #PGCPSORANGE17.

PGCPS Goes Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month


James H. Harrison Elementary School


William Paca Elementary School


William Wirt Middle School


Sasscer Administration Building

Professional Development Opportunities and Announcements

Middle School Teachers Expedition Mars and Wind Power
Howard B. Owens Science Center
Oct. 28, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

National Board Certified Teacher Full Candidate Information Session
Charles H. Flowers High School - Room 717
Nov. 7 and Nov. 28
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Google Certified Educator Level 1 - Bootcamp 
John Carroll Administrative Office
Dec. 4, 11, and Jan. 4. at 
Apply by Oct. 26.

More information on professional development opportunities can be found in ERO.

Kaiser Permanente $2,500 Mini-Grants Application Deadline - Oct. 30
Kaiser Permanente is awarding $2,500 to 25 schools through the Thriving Schools Minigrant Program. Grant applications will be accepted through October 30. Successful applications will describe how the Kaiser Permanente Thriving Schools Mini-grant Program will work to change school environments, practices or policies to make the healthy choice the easiest choice for teachers and staff. Some examples might include a new bike rack, yoga mats or exercise equipment, new cookware to help prepare healthy meals and snacks. Only one application per school will be accepted. The winning schools will be announced in December. 

Youth Leadership Greater Washington Application Deadline - Oct. 27
Youth Leadership Greater Washington (YLGW) is a leadership and community learning program for high school students throughout the region. Every year, the program welcomes some of the region's most promising high school sophomores and juniors for YLGW, a five-month learning experience focused on leadership topics and exploring community issues.  

Share Announcements and Professional Development Info

Submit announcements and professional development information here. Please send information at least two weeks prior to the event or registration deadline.

Board of Education News 

  • BOE Executive Session
    Oct. 24, 5 p.m.
  • BOE Board Meeting
    Oct. 24, 7:05 p.m.
  • BOE Parent, Family and Community Engagement Committee Meeting 
    Oct. 30, 6-7:30 p.m.

    PGCPS Highlights and Upcoming Events

    • Professional Development
      Oct. 30
      2-hour Early Dismissal for Students

    • Pre-Retirement Planning Conference
      Nov. 18
      Dr. Henry Wise Jr. High School
      Limited space — register today!