Every day we see the role our teachers play in impacting the lives of our students and our children. But what we may not see as clearly is the dedication, passion, and commitment from those outside the classroom who work to give our students programs of access, equity, and excellence. In this monthly story series, we will feature the unsung heroes that work hard every day to make our goals a reality. Join us as we go Behind the Scenes @ AACPS!
Walking a Triple-E classroom can feel like a bit of a culture shock. The room is loud and students are all over the place: sitting on tables, lying on rugs, and curled up in bean bag chairs. But at the center of this "organized chaos" is a dynamic Triple-E teacher, empowering students to guide their own learning.
Outdoor education is an important part of every AACPS student's education. Recognizing the importance of getting students outside of the classroom, the Office of Environmental Literacy and Outdoor Education creates unique opportunities for students to get down and dirty as they explore the world around them. At the backbone of these programs is the dedicated Environmental Literacy and Outdoor Education team.
Pupil Personnel Workers (PPWs) serve as facilitators between families and schools. Working collaboratively, PPWs help identify, address, and alleviate issues impacting a student’s education, especially those related to attendance, residency, custody, and personal hardship. Part school counselor, part social worker, PPWs get to know families across the county and connect them to the resources they need to help their children be successful in school.
From making sure the right teacher is in every classroom to ensure that those teachers have all of the data they need to focus on instruction, AACPS depends on the work of Human Resources and Student Data over the summer to make sure we are ready to start the first day of school.
Transition Facilitators work with high school students with disabilities to help students and families prepare for and transition to life after high school. With the support of the county's six Vocational Technicians, this dedicated Transition Team serves as part counselor, part advocate, and part business liaison to work with students, families, and the community to ensure that all of our students have the opportunities they need to be successful.
The Office of Digital Media’s vision statement explains that school libraries should be “the hub of the school and [should be] innovative, vibrant, and flexible spaces, staffed with school librarians who inspire students to become tech savvy and independent life-long readers and learners.” To turn this vision into a reality, Anne Arundel County Public Schools and the Office of Digital Media Services depend on their vibrant team of 126 creative, dedicated, and passionate Media Specialists.
Co-curricular programs are an important part of Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS)’s five-year strategic plan because they offer students and their family choice in their education. But what is a co-curricular program? What does that term mean and how do these programs support our students?
Across AACPS, there are thousands of employees who give their time and energy to help make sure our students can meet their fullest potential. But even this dedicated team cannot do it alone and AACPS depends on countless individuals and businesses who give their time, talent, and money to support our students and our schools. This month we ask why the community should invest in the future of our students.
Each day 81,000 children come to school with one goal—receive the best education possible. To reach this goal, students need more than strong academic programs; they need to know they are seen as individuals, each with a unique background and unique potential, and they need to know that their school wants to do whatever it can to serve them. In short, they need Equity Liaisons.