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Prince George’s County Education Briefs: Leadership Program Participant

PGCPS instructional director Carletta Marrow has been selected by the American Association of School Administrators to participate in its inaugural “Aspiring Women Leaders” program.

The program was established to help increase the number of women seeking to become CEOs and superintendents of schools by addressing social barriers commonly experienced by women trying to advance to top leadership positions.

“One of my lifelong goals is to serve as a superintendent of an urban school district,” Marrow said. “This experience will provide me with empowering tools to one day make a significant difference in the important role of superintendent.”

Marrow joins 19 other women from across the country who hold various roles in the school system, including assistant superintendents and chief academic officers.

As a participant in the program, she will be paired with a mentor and coached by a member of the AASA National Women’s Leadership Consortium, engage in networking opportunities with other aspiring women leaders from across the country and gain national visibility through presentations at AASA meetings and in webinars.

Marrow has been an educator for 20 years, 19 of them in PGCPS. She has served as a teacher, English chair, testing coordinator and an instructional coordinator on the middle school level.

In addition, she has received a number of awards and accolades, including the 2014 Washington Post Distinguished Educator of the Year.

Finance Park Open House

Two dates remain for the 2016-17 JA (Junior Achievement) Finance Park Open House:

Oct. 13 – 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

Students and others are interested in touring the JA Finance Park in Landover can email JA Park supervisor Theresa Jackson at tjackson@pgcps.org.

Partnership Recognized as National Model

PGCPS’ ongoing partnership with The Wallace Foundation is featured as one of Independent Sector’s “Model Partnerships for Impact” case studies.

The case studies highlight healthy relationships between grantees and funders, and offer opportunities for other organizations to learn from the partnership’s accomplishments.

“Our work with The Wallace Foundation supports our goal to have strong leaders in our schools,” said schools CEO Kevin Maxwell. “Strong leaders create strong teams, which ultimately, have a positive impact on student achievement.”

For the past five years, PGCPS has partnered with The Wallace Foundation to create a “pipeline” of exceptional school leaders through rigorous training opportunities.

When principal vacancies become available, educators who have completed the training are prepared to step in.

Redskins Charitable Foundation Investment

The Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation recently announced a $300,000 investment in “Ready for Work: Champions for Career and College Ready Graduates” in Prince George’s County.

Redskins owner Dan Snyder joined Schools CEO Kevin Maxwell and others who spoke during a Sept. 15 gathering at Oxon Hill High School, of the hope Ready to Work is expected to bring to the county.

“The Redskins and Venture Philanthropy Partners both believe that every child deserves the opportunity to succeed. We are proud to partner with VPP to invest in the dreams of young people,” Snyder said. “The Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation believes in making a positive and measurable change in the lives of young people in our community.”

Ready for Work plans to raise $15 million over a six-year period to support programs and services that expand the number of county high school graduates who are on a solid path to be career- and college-ready.

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