Dr. Joshua Starr

Cybercivility Initiative

Dr. Joshua Starr

Dr. Joshua Starr
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Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) will take the next steps this month in its effort to raise awareness of the need for civility in how MCPS students and adults communicate online.

The public is invited to attend a Cybercivility Forum on Thursday, April 24, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the auditorium at Richard Montgomery High School, 250 Richard Montgomery Drive in Rockville. The guest speaker will be Andrea Weckerle, author of Civility in the Digital Age and president of CiviliNation, which focuses on building the capacity of individuals to communicate and engage in cyberspace in a responsible and accountable way. At the forum, there will be a discussion about the various ways members of the MCPS community can participate in the initiative and provide feedback.

For more information and to RSVP for the Cybercivility Forum, visit the Cybercivility webpage.

Also this month, the new Cybercivility Task Force will meet for the first time to help MCPS develop strategies, identify resources and develop tools for schools, parents and community members that encourage conversations about cybercivility.

The task force consists of 40 students, parents, staff and community members. Its members represent a wide range of expertise and interests and reflect the diversity of the MCPS community. MCPS received more than 220 applications.

The first meeting will take place on Thursday, April 3, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the media center of Richard Montgomery High School. The task force meetings are open to the public and regular updates will be posted on the Cybercivility webpage.


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