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Springbrook PTSA Holds Community Engagement Discussion

The Northeast Consortium PTA took tackled community engagement during their meeting on Jan. 13 at Springbrook High School in order to find ways to bring together the community to talk about education in Montgomery County.

Northeast Consortium community meeting on community engagement | Dan Reed

Northeast Consortium community meeting on community engagement | Dan Reed

The event brought activists together to see how engaging the community could help student achievement.

I talked with Springbrook Cluster Coordinator Ann Coletti who hosted the event about why community engagement is important and what her group is doing to reach out to those in the area.

Why did you decide to hold a discussion community engagement? 

“Our community is answering Dr. Starr’s call to action for community engagement with our schools. We want to see how MCPS can help us and how we can help our students and teachers. Our community is ready to join forces with MCPS in its Community Engagements and Partnership’s mission to improve student outcomes by engaging parents and forming strategic partnerships between local schools and local community organizations and stakeholders. We have community organizations and volunteers ready to be mobilized to assist our schools.”

What is the next step for engaging the community around schools in your area? 

“We will summarize our meeting and send our comments to MCPS and the BOE with a request for a reply.  We will be scheduling a meeting with staff from the  Office of Community Engagement and Partnerships in the coming weeks, this is already in the works.  Additionally, we will keep in communication with community members who attend the meeting to establish next steps and an action plan.”

How are you working to promote academic excellence and social-emotional learning in schools? 

We need the help of MCPS and we believe they need our help. We are mobilizing parents, community members, and community organizations to come together in support of our schools.  We hope to have the help of MCPS to help us develop a volunteer network in our NEC schools.”

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Valerie Bonk

About Valerie Bonk

Valerie Bonk is a multimedia reporter and community engagement specialist with Montgomery Community Media (MCM).

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