Education briefs, Dec. 16, 2020

Education briefs, Dec. 16, 2020

SUBMITTED PHOTO/DCPS, Valerie Goff
North Dorchester High School senior Hallie Bennett’s design was selected for this year’s Superintendent’s holiday card. Hallie was congratulated by the staff of Dorchester County Public Schools.

DCPS supports United Way
Dorchester County Public Schools locations contributing $500 or more collectively for the United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore’s 2019-2020 campaign were recognized at the December meeting of the Board of Education. These locations include Choptank Elementary, Dorchester Career and Technology Center, Hurlock Elementary School, North Dorchester Middle School, South Dorchester School, Vienna Elementary, and the DCPS Central Office.
This year’s DCPS staff contributions to the United Way totaled over $13,000. DCPS Director of Operations Beth Wilson said, “DCPS has long supported the United Way through donations and payroll deductions and we’re grateful for our staff’s generosity. Because United Way contributions stay local, the entire community benefits from the services provided.”

New members join Board
Two newly elected members and one re-elected member of the Board of Education of Dorchester County took their seats on Dec. 7 at its regular monthly meeting.
Mike Diaz (District 1) and Susan Morgan (District 3), elected on Nov. 3, were sworn in by Dorchester County Clerk of the Court Amy Craig and took their seats for the first time. Incumbent Laura Layton (District 5) also took the oath of office, returning to the Board having won re-election.
Ms. Layton was also elected President of the Board for the coming year. Sheri Hubbard (District 4) was chosen by the Board as its Vice-President.

Alpha Genesis CDC
Groove City Cultural Imperative Program has 20 openings for high school students. Students and parents must be 100 percent committed to this opportunity, a statement from the group said.
Its mission is to increase awareness and enhance critical thinking skills among high school students of color through academic and social emotional learning.
Sign up now. Inbox Alpha Genesis on Facebook for more information, call 443-988-1554, or email [email protected] The program is free.

Salisbury University
To mark the Dec. 12 five-year anniversary of the Paris Agreement to strengthen the global response to climate change, SU has joined more than 1,300 government agencies, businesses, non-profits and other organizations nationwide in signing the “America Is All In” pledge to commit to a mobilization for a clean energy economy.
“SU has long believed in the importance of responding to climate change and in nurturing the sometimes fragile ecosystem in which we live,” said SU President Charles Wight. “Our proximity to the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries provides us with a unique perspective to see firsthand how humankind can impact nature and vice versa.”
In 2007, SU joined the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, pledging to reduce the institution’s net greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050. Initiatives from U.S. Green Building Council LEED-certified new construction and renovation projects to advances in academic programs such as Environmental Studies have pushed SU closer to that target.

Top math, science teachers
Two Maryland teachers were among 107 educators nationwide that received the 2020 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). Stacie Marvin, the mathematics instructional team leader at Hammond Middle School in Howard County, and Hemalatha Bhaskaran, a science teacher at James M. Bennett High School in Wicomico County are Maryland’s latest PAEMST honorees.
Each receives a signed certificate from the President, a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation, and a trip to Washington, D.C. They attend a series of recognition events, participate in professional development opportunities, and discuss with policy-makers ways to improve STEM education.

$1.9M in teaching scholarships
Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) Secretary Dr. James D. Fielder announced that more than 100 students who are attending a Maryland college or university to become a teacher, will share a total of more than $1.9 million in scholarships.
The Teaching Fellows for Maryland Scholarship is awarded to students who pledge to work as teachers in a Maryland public school or public prekindergarten after completing their studies at schools that have at least 50% of the students eligible for free or reduced price meals (FRPM).
MHEC recently awarded a total of $1,916,770 to 106 students. Each student who received a scholarship as an undergraduate student will be required to fulfill the service obligation for one year for each year they receive the scholarship.
Each student who received a scholarship as a graduate student will be required to fulfill the service obligation for two years for each year they received the scholarship. The scholarship will pay for tuition, fees, as well as room and board for the 106 recipients.
For more information on how to apply for the Teaching Fellows for Maryland Scholarship and eligibility requirements, go to mhec.maryland.gov/preparing/Pages/FinancialAid/descriptions.aspx and click on Teaching Fellows of Maryland Scholarship under the Career/Occupation-Based Grants & Scholarships.
Other scholarship information will be released as awards are made for the 2020-2021 academic year.
This year, MHEC’s Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) is responsible for administering scholarships and grants to more than 57,000 Maryland students, with expenditures totaling nearly $126 million.

Source: Dorchester Banner