Curriculum

Universal Access to all Courses via Virtual Classrooms

  • Offering all courses online to all students across MCPS, in addition to regular in-person learning

  • Ensuring that over-enrollment does not prevent students from taking their desired courses

  • Ensuring that students can take all their desired courses, regardless of if their school offers it

  • Ensuring high-quality education in online courses

Career Readiness Pathway Programming

  • Increasing and expanding career-specific training programs like the pathways offered at Thomas Edison High School and the Aviation and Aerospace Program

  • Ensuring that career readiness programming is equitable and accessible

  • Offering career readiness programing online to be accessible to students across MCPS

  • Promoting career readiness programming as well as career opportunities

  • Providing students with experience in respective career paths 

  • Continuing and promoting Teacher Signing Day (signing MCPS Students to jobs within MCPS after college)

Comprehensive Health Curriculum

  • Updating and modernizing the health curriculum at all levels

  • Facilitating comprehensive education around mental health for students in elementary, middle, and high school

  • Including comprehensive education around consent in all schools

  • Require teacher sensitivity training for health educators

  • Ensuring that the health curriculum in inclusive to LGBTQ+ communities

  • Enforcing that updated curriculum is being taught and that health classrooms are safe spaces for all students

Teaching Real-World Skills

  • Improving current and creating new courses to be oriented towards preparing students with real-world skills including financial literacy and career preparedness 

  • Increasing and expanding career-specific training programs like the pathways offered at Thomas Edison High School and the Aviation and Aerospace Program

  • Supporting the development of a required financial literacy course

  • Working with students to meet their educational needs

Minimizing Standard Testing

  • Transitioning away from relying on standardized testing 

  • Using project-based assignments and student grades as metrics of learning, instead of adding on standardized testing

  • Ensuring that testing is minimized and does not disrupt student learning or access to resources in school

  • Prioritizing the mental health of students

Working with Students to Create Diverse and Accessible New Courses

  • Streamlining the process of creating and piloting new courses

  • Ensuring that student voices are included in writing curricula

  • Increasing the number of schools in which new courses are offered

  • Offering courses online to be accessible to all students

  • Minimizing the required amount of prerequisite courses

  • Creating a diverse array of elective history and studies courses

  • Increasing the number of arts courses offered in each school

Inclusivity in Curriculum

  • Ensuring social studies and english courses are accurate and inclusive in content

  • Using diverse source materials in social studies and english classrooms

  • Providing students with a diverse array of options for content, literature, and materials for study

  • Regularly updating current courses and creating new courses based on student feedback to be inclusive 

  • Providing diverse and accessible courses options modeled after the LGBTQ Studies and Asian American Studies courses

  • Requiring professional development for teachers and staff members to be create inclusive classrooms