|For Immediate Release (01-16)
Date: February 28, 2001
Contact: Steve Simon, 240-567-7952 (Montgomery College)
Kate Harrison, 301-279-3853 (Montgomery County Public
Public Schools and Montgomery College Launch Newsletter with
College Preparation Advice for Parents, Students
Distributed Through All County High Schools, Middle Schools
As part of the growing academic
partnership between Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS)
and Montgomery College (MC) to help prepare high school
students for success at the college level, top officials
from both institutions today introduced a new outreach tool
aimed at reaching both parents and students in Montgomery
PrepTalk, an informative and
colorful newsletter co-produced by MC and MCPS, is intended
to provide advice for parents and students on college
preparation and is being distributed to every high school
and middle school student in the school system. The first
edition, of three to be produced annually, is going out this
week and was unveiled by MCPS Superintendent Jerry D. Weast
and Montgomery College President Charlene R. Nunley, in a
joint press conference today at Richard Montgomery High
School in Rockville. County Council President Blair G.
Ewing, County Council Education Committee Chair Michael L.
Subin and School Board President Nancy J. King also were on
hand for the announcement, along with teachers, staff and
students from both Montgomery County Public Schools and
"The Montgomery College/Montgomery
County Public Schools Partnership is pleased to provide
PrepTalk as part of our parent and community outreach
effort on the issue of preparing for success at the college
level," said Dr. Weast. "The newsletter is full of practical
information that will help middle and high school students,
and their parents, plan for college."
PrepTalk is one more tool in
our combined effort to improve the readiness of our high
school graduates for the rigors of a college education and
for the skills they will need for the rest of their life,"
said Dr. Nunley. "Its purpose is to provide helpful tips and
information -- for parents and students -- that will put
them on a course to ensure that they are ready for the
challenges of college-level work."
The MC-MCPS Partnership, created in
1996, was forged in response to the needs identified by the
Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) Maryland Student
Outcomes and Achievement Report (SOAR). The annual report
consistently presents sobering news: far too many graduates
of Maryland's public schools are in need of developmental
courses in college, before being able to move on to full
college-level work. The partnership addresses this need
through a variety of initiatives:
1. Supports for Student Success
- Ongoing identification and
monitoring of students' readiness for college-level
studies. These efforts include the Criterion Referenced
Test (CRT) scores and Preliminary Scholastic Assessment
Test (PSAT) performance.
- Literacy programs implemented by
teachers, under the tutelage of literacy specialists at
each high school. These services are offered to students
whose assessment scores and teacher referrals indicate
that, with intervention, these students will make viable
candidates for success in college.
2. Professional development
- Jointly developed in-service
courses for MCPS secondary teachers on how to infuse
strategy instruction into course delivery.
- Workshops, mentoring, monitoring,
networking and ongoing training of literacy teachers to
help them become change agents and effectively lead the
institutionalization of strategic and performance-based
instruction in all content areas.
- Alignment of school and college
coursework, and expectations to support a seamless
transition for students from high school to
3. Parent and Community Involvement
- Meetings designed to communicate
information to enhance parent understanding and ability
to support student success.
- Parent help sheets/newsletters
developed and disseminated to assist parents in giving
direct support to their children's literacy development.
- Workshops developed to address
parents' specific concerns related to improved student
- Technical preparation of students
for careers identified as critical needs within the
community made available to a wider range of students,
through collaboration of Montgomery College, Montgomery
County Public Schools and local businesses.
- Identification of and support to
high school students interested in a career in
4. Joint Program Development,
Implementation, Evaluation and Coordination
- The college involves
instructional faculty, counseling faculty, as well as
continuing education from all three MC campuses.
- MCPS school-based administrative,
teaching and counseling staff directly involved in
partnership activities, in addition to central office
personnel from diverse departments and divisions.
- Outreach programs engage the
efforts of parents and community members.
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