ICYMI- The March 2017 Meeting

PC Meeting Agenda-March 16, 2017 

Our presenters included:

  • Merwyn Scott, representative for ESSA (Every Student Exceeds Act.)
  • Howard W.Bell, President of Project Future Institute (PFI) and an AASAAG Member
  • Amber Sansbury ,Uniserve and Community Engagement Director with Montgomery County Education Association (MCEA )
  • Niki Hazel, Director of Department of Elementary Curriculum and Districtwide Programs,  MCPS.

This meeting was chocked full of useful information for parents of children of all ages. Below is a quick summary of the presentations:

Merwyn Scott, Minority Community Organizing & Partnerships Dept. at NEA,  discussed the importance of staying informed about this legislation. He asked us to ask ourselves the question, “What do I want for my community school?” He also stressed the importance of staying involved with our schools. See information below from the Every Student Succeeds Act website:
“The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed by President Obama on December 10, 2015, and represents good news for our nation’s schools. This bipartisan measure reauthorizes the 50-year-old Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the nation’s national education law and longstanding commitment to equal opportunity for all students.”

Howard Bell, President of Project Future Institute, discussed the concepts of neuroplasticity and epigenetics. Simply put, he believes that if students could change their thinking, they can control their brain and their achievements could be limitless. He talked about the growth mindset and how it could really  help our children achieve more. If students could learn relaxation techniques, calming and mindfulness strategies, they would be empowered and surpass expectations. Please visit his website if you are interested in having him work with student groups.

Amber Sansbury, UniServ and Community Engagement Director, Montgomery County Education Association, would like to partner with the Parents’ Council as we focus on community engagement. She says that her organization wants to get into the community and hear from the students served by MCPS.

Niki Hazel, Director of Department of Elementary Curriculum and Districtwide Programs, MCPS, sought feedback on the draft of the new Elementary School Report Card. The purpose of a report card is to inform parents of a child’s progress and to help with articulation to the next grade. Many questions have arose as to whether the current report card is doing that. Please send her feedback  by April 5, 2017 if you would like to have input in the new report card. Her email address is

Niki_T_Hazel@mcpsmd.org