Q&A: Davis talks about her return to Prince George’s County schools

Monique Whittington Davis, a veteran educator who began her teaching career in Prince George’s County, recently took over as the county’s deputy school superintendent amid sweeping leadership changes to the school system. Before taking the No. 2 spot, Davis was a regional assistant superintendent in Anne Arundel County. (Wash. Post)

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Education Department deputy secretary visits Meadows Montessori

U.S. Department of Education Deputy Secretary Jim Shelton recently visited Meadows Montessori for a student-led Montessori experience. Shelton specializes in innovation and improvement for the nation’s public education system. Shelton came to Meadows to learn how Montessori education fosters initiative and collaborative thinking. He was also interested to know how the students transition into the Frederick County public school system. (News-Post)

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Local student meets with US Secretary of Education to discuss college ratings, issues

Westminster High School junior Jeremy Price, 16, was selected as one of 11 high school students to participate in a round-table discussion with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan as part of the department’s Student Voices Series. The discussion took place in late November at the education department’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. Price discussed President Barack Obama’s plan to create a new ratings system for colleges and other issues important to upcoming and current college students with Duncan and other officials. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Former congressman hopes to raise environmental awareness with education

After 18 years of rubbing elbows with politicians in Washington, former Republican congressman Wayne Gilchrest has returned to his roots as an educator, building bamboo fishing poles with students on the Eastern Shore. Gilchrest, 67, serves as director of a Kennedyville outdoor school called the Sassafras Environmental Education Center, an education division of the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy, where he teaches children environmental literacy. He opened the school after losing his congressional seat in 2008 to a more conservative opponent, Rep. Andy Harris, R-Cockeysville. (News-Post)

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Ceremony marks official start of college's new building project

The construction of Chesapeake College’s long-awaited Health Professions and Athletics Center is officially off and running. A kickoff ceremony called Countdown to Construction was held Wednesday, Dec. 4, in the gym of the college’s old Physical Education Building, which will undergo a major renovation and expansion in order to house all aspects of the health profession and athletic programs at the college. (Star Dem)

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Hammond High students package thousands of meals in outreach effort

About 60 Hammond High School students and faculty gathered in the cafeteria last week for a brief stint in the food service industry. They donned hairnets and gloves and branched off to various tables to form assembly lines to package and ship about 10,000 dehydrated meals destined for people in impoverished areas overseas. (Balt. Sun)

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Dec. 6 // Teachers tell Dance they are frustrated by Common Core, other reforms

Baltimore County teachers at a town hall meeting Thursday night told Superintendent Dallas Dance they are desperately trying to keep up with the fast pace of state-mandated educational changes that have brought them more work and much frustration. Teachers, some in tears and some angry, said the first year of the county's introduction of its new curriculum tied to the Common Core had significant problems that have yet to be addressed. More than 100 teachers attended the forum, the first Dance has held with teachers. (Balt. Sun)

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After Ray Rice post on Facebook, officials say Dundalk bullying report has been investigated

After Ravens running back Ray Rice posted on Facebook about the alleged bullying of a boy at Dundalk High School, Baltimore County school officials said Thursday that they had "thoroughly investigated" the situation. School officials are prohibited from speaking publicly about an individual student, but in its statement the school system said procedures had been followed. (Balt. Sun)

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