May 13, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

MCPS Will Include LGBTQ+ Elective Next School Year

Montgomery County Board of Education members unanimously approved adding a LGBTQ+ pilot course for high school students at its May 12 business meeting. The course will be offered as an elective to 11th and 12th graders who have previously taken U.S. History. Spread out over four units, the curriculum will examine factors that shape identity, […]

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April 9, 2018 | Douglas Tallman

MCPS Will Seek Public Input Before Moving with New Curriculum

Montgomery County Public Schools will seek out input from parents and school system employees before it drafts a request for proposals for a new elementary school curriculum. “We want some feedback from the community,” MCPS spokesman Derek Turner said. That feedback, he said, would ensure “we’re getting the right product for our community.” In the […]

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March 26, 2018 | Douglas Tallman

School System Plans Update to Elementary Curriculum

Montgomery County Public Schools will look outside its staff this year for a new curriculum for its elementary schools, a county administrator said Monday. In recent years, the school system had used its own staff to develop the lessons taught in its own classrooms. MCPS officials will ask publishers to submit proposals for a new […]

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April 13, 2017 | Sonya Burke

Spiegel Asks MCPS Superintendent for Briefing about Holocaust Curriculum (VIDEO)

Gaithersburg City Councilmember Ryan Spiegel, who also serves as the president of the Montgomery County chapter of the Maryland Municipal League, is asking Superintendent Jack Smith for a detailed briefing about the scope and status of the school district’s Holocaust curriculum. In a letter dated April 12th, Spiegel explains that his request comes at a […]

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February 9, 2017 | Sonya Burke

County Report This Week (VIDEO)

Immigration concerns top this week’s edition of County Report This Week. The show also includes reports about the Dickerson incinerator, a police academy for Hispanic residents, local celebrations of Black History Month, and more. Watch the 30-minute news and information show, below:

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April 8, 2014 | Greta Anderson

graph showing survey of 96 96 NSL government students at Rockville HS. Conducted by Greta Anderson and Sarai Presman

Politics in the Classroom Build Involved Citizens

With the exception of government classes, politics are almost never addressed in the school environment, although discussing these topics can help advance students’ experiences as active U.S. citizens. Discussing politics in the classroom is often frowned upon because of the supposed bias teachers present to their students. Depending on where you live, you can be crammed […]

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May 14, 2013 | Sonya Burke

“A Storm Inside” (Photos and Video)

UPDATED 5/14 There’s an inspiring approach to learning going on inside a third grade classroom in Montgomery Village that is truly changing lives. MyMCMedia’s Sonya Burke reports. At the very beginning of the 2012-2013 school year, Ms. McGinn’s third grade class at Stedwick Elementary School in Montgomery Village formed the Fire Starters Kids Opera Company. […]

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