Board of Education Discusses Human Resources and Development Key Practices for a Diverse Workforce; Discusses Wellness and Restorative Practices; Takes Final Action and Adopts Updated Policy ABA, Community Engagement; Takes Tentative Action on Board of Education Policy ABC, Parent and Family Involvement and Policy BBB, Ethics; Makes Administrative Appointments

The Montgomery County Board of Education (Board) held a business meeting on Tuesday, February 7, 2023. During the meeting, the Board discussed Human Resources and Development Key Practices for a Diverse Workforce; discussed Wellness and Restorative Practices; took final action and adopted updated Policy ABA, Community Engagement; took tentative action on Board of Education Policy ABC, Parent and Family Involvement and Policy BBB, Ethics; and made four administrative appointments. The agenda for the meeting, with related links, can be viewed on the Board website. Watch the meeting recording.

Human Resources and Development Key Practices for a Diverse Workforce: MCPS staff presented teacher hiring data for fiscal year 2023, shared data-driven approaches to recruitment and highlighted increased efforts for the current year. Staff also outlined the Grow Your Own program for both current staff and students, and shared higher education partnerships for employees and community members, and various other supports, trainings, and professional development opportunities for staff. Read the memorandum to the Board. View the PowerPoint Presentation

 

Wellness and Restorative Practices: MCPS staff presented on student mental health and well-being and increased instances of bullying and hate-bias. Staff also shared the structures and processes currently in place to address bullying, harassment, and hate-bias, as well as enhancements to Restorative Justice practices and the continued development of the student wellness infrastructure. Read the memorandum to the Board. View the PowerPoint Presentation

Board of Education Policy ABA, Community Involvement: The Board voted to take final action and approve updates to Board of Education Policy ABA, Community Involvement. The approved updates change the name to Policy ABA, Community Engagement, as informed by research-based guidelines for community engagement processes that articulate clear purposes for engagement, and affirm the Board’s commitment to inclusive, culturally responsive, and antiracist engagement guidelines, structures, and practices to inform Board decision-making processes. Read the memorandum to the Board

Board of Education Policy ABC, Parent and Family Involvement: The Board took tentative action on draft amendments to Montgomery County Board of Education Policy ABC, Parent and Family Involvement. Recommended amendments include changing the name to Board of Education Policy ABC, Family-School Partnerships. The amendments have been developed to establish inclusive, culturally responsive and antiracist processes for parent/guardian engagement in decisions affecting their students and their students’ schools. Draft amendments also comply with federal requirements for policy that affirms building the capacity of parents, guardians, families, and school staff to engage in meaningful, two-way partnerships to support the education and well-being of all children, in alignment with updated standards from the National Parent/Teacher Association’s (PTA) National Standards for Family-School Partnerships. The recommended draft policy will be sent out for public comment. Read the memorandum to the Board

Board of Education Policy BBB, Ethics: The Board took tentative action on draft technical amendments to Montgomery County Board of Education Policy BBB, Ethics. The amendments have been developed to comply with modifications to the Maryland State Ethics Law, which include new conflict of interest provisions and additional disclosures that boards of education must incorporate into their ethics policies. In addition to these technical amendments, the Montgomery County Board of Education Ethics Panel recommended two additional changes regarding unsolicited gifts an official may accept. The recommended draft policy will be sent out for public comment. Read the memorandum to the Board

Administrative Appointments– The Board approved the following administrative appointments:

Dr. Tamitha E. Campbell, currently Acting Director, Office of School Support and Well-Being, Office of the Deputy Superintendent, as Director, Office of School Support and Well-Being, Office of the Deputy Superintendent

Dr. Joe L. Rubens, Jr., currently Principal, John F. Kennedy High School, as Director, Office of School Support and Well-Being, Office of the Deputy Superintendent

Michael K. Lewis, currently Acting Assistant Director, Department of Transportation, Office of District Operations, Office of the Chief Operating Officer, as Assistant Director, Department of Transportation, Office of District Operations, Office of the Chief Operating Officer

Travis J. Wiebe, currently Director, Department of Human Capital Management, Office of Human Resources and Development, Office of the Chief Operating Officer, as Principal, Somerset Elementary School

Recognitions

Future Meeting: The Board is scheduled to hold its next business meeting on Thursday, February 23, 2022. The agenda is subject to change. Please check the Board website and meeting calendar for further information.

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Karen joined the Well-Paid Maids team as a cleaner in January 2021, and she was recently promoted to an operations manager! This well-deserved promotion is part of Well-Paid Maids' effort to deliver better customer service with responses to phone calls and emails seven days a week. To celebrate Karen's promotion, we caught up with her to learn more about her time at Well-Paid Maids, the area's only certified living-wage cleaning company.

 1. Why Well-Paid Maids?

Karen: I saw the company was paying a living wage and had great benefits. Also, they were very flexible with my schedule, especially since I have kids.

 2. How has it been working at Well-Paid Maids?

Karen: I feel very appreciated at the company. This is the first job where I feel I'm able to speak about any issue and that management will support me.

 3. How has working at Well-Paid Maids benefitted you?

Karen: Because Well-Paid Maids pays a living wage, I can now spend more time with my kids and not work double shifts like I did at my old job.

 4. How do you plan to spend your PTO this year?

Karen: I look forward to traveling to El Salvador to visit my family there.

 5. How would you describe Well-Paid Maids as an employer in three words?

Appreciated, valued and opportunity

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Washington City Paper is hosting its annual Best of D.C. contest -- and Well-Paid Maids is eyeing the Best Maid Service category. If you missed it: Well-Paid Maids has secured first place for the past three years. Can you help us snag gold again? Simply go to the ballot and write in your vote for the best maid service. In case you need a refresher before you vote, Well-Paid Maids is the only certified living-wage cleaning company in the D.C. area. We pay our cleaners, who are W-2 employees, at least $24 an hour and offer benefits like insurance, 24 paid days off per year and more. Voting is open until June 10 at 5 p.m., and the winner will be announced July 18. (We'll keep you posted!) Thank you for your support -- and if you still haven't booked a spring cleaning yet, now is the time!

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Movie being filmed in McLean, VA, needs your support

A local community movie is filming in our area in June and needs contributions!

Local actors, teens, teachers, housewives, and retired residences are trying to make this film happen but we need your help.

This is an educational short story about teens learning how to navigate when they don't feel accepted by their friends and what to do to find acceptance. Yet this film isn't just for teens. In your life have you ever felt like you weren't accepted??

Come be a part of the audience for this film! Invite your friends. Be a part of this film being produced right here in our area.

This is a social impact film that will show locally and internationally at film festivals in 2025 and also at colleges.

More information can be found here. DONATE TODAY:

https://www.filmindependent.org/sponsored-projects/ultimate-bias/

https://www.silvanomarifilms.com/jis

This is a not-for-profit film and donations are tax-deductible.

Free Community Father-Daughter Dance

Fathers and father figures, create unforgettable memories with your daughter at our free community father-daughter dance on June 1st, from 6-8 pm. Hosted outdoors at Olney Baptist Church. This event offers a delightful outdoor experience complete with a DJ spinning tunes, interactive games, a charming photo booth, delicious treats, and exciting raffle prizes. Fathers/father figures and daughters of all ages are warmly welcomed to share in this special evening together. Join us for an evening of joy, laughter, and cherished moments!

In the spirit of giving back to our community, we are partnering with Quest to Feed Montgomery to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those in need. We kindly ask each attendee to bring along a non-perishable food item to donate during the event. Every contribution, no matter how small, will go a long way in supporting families facing food insecurity in our area.

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