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Parent Advisory Council (PAC) Meetings

The Title I Office in Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) hosts a quarterly Parent Advisory Council (PAC) meeting for Title I parents across the county. Each Title I school brings one or more parents to each meeting. During the meetings parents have opportunities to learn about No Child Left Behind, Maryland State Assessments, content standards, the importance of parent involvement, etc. 

This year they will be offering PAC parents the opportunity to participate in a six session online Active Parenting Class.  Through the class, parents will learn new ways to tackle common parenting problems, including bedtime battles, homework hassles, chores, fussy eating, and clothing crises. The online class provides a flexible atmosphere for parents to learn about effective discipline, styles of parenting, opening up communication, ho to discuss sex, drugs, and alcohol, and anger management.

Call (410) 222-5444 for more information about these meetings.

Cluster Projects

For the second year in a row, AACPS Title I schools are participating in Cluster Projects. Through cluster projects, Title I school-based resource staff members and Title I parents come together in small groups and plan a parent event in their community. Last year's cluster projects included health fairs, learning fairs, going green events, and a homework helper session. We expect that the second year of cluster projects will lead our staff members and parents to bigger and better events.

2008 NCLB Title I Professional Development Conference

The 2008 NCLB Title I Professional Development Conference organized by Anne Arundel County Public Schools on December 2, 2008 was a great success. The theme for this year's conference was "Changemaker: (n) an educator driven to bring about change in order to positively impact student achievement and family dynamics." Dr. Robert Barr and Dr. William Parrett, co-authors of The Kids Left Behind: Catching Up the Underachieving Children of Poverty, provided an animated and interesting keynote speech promoting positive change in schools.

The conference also featured a Parent Track that highlighted the importance of father involvement in education, as well as effective ways to help your child succeed in school by speakers Dr. Paul Pettit and Mychal Wynn. Compliments to our friends in the Title I Office for orchestrating a valuable day for both parents and educators!


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