PGCPS Express: Mandatory Systemic Professional Development on Thursday

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PGCPS Express: A newsletter for PGCPS Employees

June 9, 2020

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Courageous Conversations: Systemic Professional Development on Personal Identity and Implicit Bias

On Thursday, June 11, all employees must participate in a system-wide virtual professional development on personal identity and implicit bias and how to refine the skills needed for conversations around race and equity. The mandatory session will begin at 9 a.m. and will last for 90 minutes.   

In preparation for the session, please complete a brief survey by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 10. Your responses will assist in framing the discussion. 

Employees will receive instructions on how to access the livestream session Thursday morning.

Employee Rights: Families First Coronavirus Response Act

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. These provisions will apply from Wednesday, April 1 through Thursday, December 31. >>Read more

In the Spotlight



Bladensburg High School cosmetology teacher Shanay Dudley was named the 2020 SkillsUSA Advisor of the Year.  Dudley is a state-certified FACS teacher and holds a cosmetology license in Maryland, the District of Columbia and Virginia. 

history day TOTY

Accokeek Academy teacher Arun Puracken was named National History Day Teacher of the Year. Puracken, who has taught in PGCPS for six years, joins 16 other educators honored across the state. 


Arrowhead Elementary Principal Shannon Butler went the extra mile for Teacher Appreciation Week. She organized a drive-by to check on her teachers and staff. "For some of us it was a powerful and emotional moment," said Gayle Banks, a first-year teacher.

Dwight D. Eisenhower Middle School Assistant Principal Ronald Cropper got a special shout-out from the sixth-grade team for keeping them engaged by sharing positive quotes and messages. They also gave him high marks for being a "wonderful and insightful leader." 

sixth-grade team

Nominate a colleague who makes you #PGCPSProud by sending their name, office/school, photo and a brief description (100 words or less) to Submissions may be edited for length, clarity or grammar.

Benefits Services: Our Focus Is You

#HealthyPGCPS: Healthy Breakfast Tacos

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Learn the new recipe for this healthy breakfast taco.

Professional Development

PGCPS Transportation Academy

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The Transportation Academy is looking for a few good men and women! This opportunity can lead to advancement in the field of pupil transportation. 

Candidates must meet all of the following eligibility criteria:

  • Verified members in AFSCME Local 2250 for the 2019-20 school year
  • Minimum of five consecutive years employed by the PGCPS Department of Transportation
  • Valid CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) or transportation-related leadership experience will be considered.

Apply today!

For more information, contact or speak with your immediate supervisor.

ICYMI: In Case You Missed It

Stage 1: Administrative Offices Reopened June 8

CEO Dr. Monica Goldson announced administrative offices will reopen for a small number of designated personnel twice a week, starting Monday, June 8. All other employees will continue teleworking. Visitors will be permitted by appointment only. 

Safety protocols will be utilized across buildings to ensure that employees adhere to social distancing guidelines and facial covering requirements. All schools and buildings will use rigorous disinfection processes aligned with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended cleaning protocols at the end of each work day and prior to reopening schools and buildings.

A memo from Dr. Goldson was emailed to all employees on Tuesday, June 2.

CPS 101 Virtual Workshop

Participate in this virtual CPS 101 workshop to learn how to prevent child abuse and neglect. This workshop, brought to you by Prince George's County Department of Social Services, defines child abuse and neglect, shares common indicators, and addresses how to make a report.

Virtual workshops will be held at 2 p.m. daily from June 9-11. To access the workshop, click here.

Earn Micro-Credentials at American College of Education

PGCPS employees are eligible for a $250 tuition grant for a micro-credential at American College of Education (ACE). ACE’s micro-credentials are designed to give working professionals and students the ultimate flexibility. You can earn a micro-credential and digital badge after taking three credit-bearing courses in a specific area of study. For more information, contact Melissa Hill at or an enrollment counselor at 800-280-0307 option 2.