Education Matters: Montgomery County School (January 2024)

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Happy New Year, MPS parents and community supporters! As we kick off the new year, I’m looking forward to seeing the results of the hard work we implemented last year. I hope everyone has unwind, reflected, and spent time focusing on the upcoming year ahead of us. MPS has a lot in store, and we’re proudly moving full speed ahead for the benefit of our students and school community.

Last year, I shared that we were launching a curriculum audit, a new strategic plan, our Potrati of a graduate, and other vital initiatives for the success of our district. I’m proud to say that our curriculum audit was completed in the Fall of 2023, and it provided several key points that will help shape the curriculum needs of our district. We’re already implementing several strategic initiatives to support areas of much-needed growth for our students and teachers.

During the early weeks of February 2024, we plan to launch our five-year strategic plan to the public. This plan was crafted by MPS staff members and community stakeholders, and the work was led by educational professionals with years of experience with educational strategic plans. Working alongside MPS staff members and community stakeholders was exhilarating and highly positive. As Superintendent, I always share that I’m a lifelong learner. I learned so much during this process. This plan will guide us as we do the necessary work to improve and work towards the continuous success of MPS.

In addition to the launch of our Strategic Plan, our Portrait of a Graduate (POG) will launch this year. The POG is a comprehensive document that shares the values and skills MPS students should obtain upon graduation. Just like our strategic plan, we had several MPS staff members and community members help shape this portrait, and we’re looking forward to the community-wide launch. You’ll see the POG at local businesses, schools, community centers, and government offices.

Again, I hope you enjoyed your winter break. I’m looking forward to seeing the smiling faces of our school staff and students when everyone is back in their buildings on January 4th. I know everyone will bring their best selves to their classrooms and offices. I’m encouraging parents and community supporters to encourage our students to be on time every single day, work hard, and explore new opportunities. We’re on the right track, and this new year is already filled with promising initiatives.

Melvin J. Brown, Ed.D., is the superintendent of Montgomery Public Schools and previously served as superintendent of Reynoldsburg City Schools in Ohio. He has 24 years of school administrative experience.

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