Goals, Priorities, and Vision

About Calvert County Public Schools

Located 35 miles southeast of Washington, D.C. and 55 miles south of Baltimore, Calvert County is a scenic peninsula bordered on the east by the Chesapeake Bay and on the west by the Patuxent River. The county—Maryland’s smallest at 213 square miles—is home to over 90,000 people.

The Calvert County Board of Education ensures excellence in education for our students through meaningful collaboration and engagement of all Calvert County Public Schools stakeholders, including parents, students, staff and the community. Calvert County Public Schools, the 13th largest among 24 school systems in the state, consistently ranks among Maryland’s top districts based on state assessments.

More information about Calvert County Public Schools is available in our District Profile.

Goals:

  1. Achievement will increase and gaps in achievement will close for all students.

  2. All staff will be highly qualified, highly skilled and demonstrate effectiveness in daily practice.

  3. Policy, procedure, processes and budget will be aligned to support teaching and learning, equity and diversity and safe and orderly instructional environments.

  4. All staff will work collaboratively with families and the community to support high achievement for all students.


Priorities:

  1. Universal Design for Learning will be infused into daily instruction, ultimately increasing student engagement and learning through the implementation of the MCCRS.

  2. Research-based interventions will be consistently implemented to fidelity with data driven decision making utilized for the identification of students and on-going progress monitoring to ensure high levels of student achievement.

  3. Teachers and other instructional staff will facilitate the use of assistive technology for students with disabilities in order to improve functional capabilities and maximize access to the general curriculum aligned with the MCCRS.

  4. All employees will develop positive, and supportive relationships with students, parents, community and colleagues.

  5. All staff will participate in ongoing professional development in Cultural Proficiency to build understanding of cultural differences in order to reduce the achievement gap in all subgroups.

  6. All teachers will be provided with meaningful professional development to increase capacity in providing daily instruction aligned with the MCCRS.

  7. All employees will comply with all federal, state, and school system laws, regulations, policies, procedures, and/or guidelines.

  8. Technology will be integrated into instruction to enhance student learning and ensuring all students exit high school as technologically literate digital citizens.

  9. Implement strategic protocols to maximize the safety and security of students and staff.


Vision for the Calvert County Public Schools

The citizens of Calvert County understand our free society requires educated and informed individuals who possess the skills needed to think critically, act intelligently and work creatively on matters of personal and common concern.

Public schools are essential for developing responsible citizens, providing equality of opportunity, and improving the lives of individuals and families.

Public schools increase the capacity of citizens to fully participate in and contribute to the civic, economic, cultural and social progress in our community, in our state, in our nation and in the world.

These are the aspirations for our schools, families and community:

People

  1. We have a school environment and culture that creates enthusiasm for learning, where all students are challenged to embrace the value of learning for its own sake.
  2. We reach out to ensure that our families and community have access and open communication at every level of the educational system.
  3. We have teachers and staff who are empowered to:
    • adapt to students’ individual needs;
    • create improved and innovative learning environments; and
    • require the highest standards of work and discipline
  4. We have students, teachers and staff who are:
    • recognized for their dedication and excellence;
    • respected and valued for their input and creativity; and
    • tolerant and sensitive to ethnic, cultural and individual differences
  5. We have safe and orderly schools where we share accountability among students, parents, teachers, support staff, administrators and board members for academic excellence and consistently enforced standards of conduct.
  6. We have partnerships with families, government, businesses, faith based and community organizations to promote superior academic and extra-curricular activities placing children first.
  7. We have mechanisms for honest and effective communication among students, families, teachers, support staff, administrators and board members.

Systems

  1. We have learning systems that integrate technology to achieve better instruction.
  2. We fully and creatively utilize facilities to support education, recreation and community activities.
  3. We have an objective employment process that is aware of the need to hire highly qualified people of diverse backgrounds.
  4. We provide effective use of funding that is appropriate to accommodate student growth, quality standards and equitable educational opportunities.
  5. We have effective methods of ongoing evaluation of all aspects of the school system.
  6. We have schools that reflect the highest standards of work, discipline and values.

Standards, Practices, and Outcomes

  1. We have educational opportunities that are diverse, rigorous, challenging and fair.
  2. We aspire to standards of our students’ educational achievement that are second to none.
  3. We graduate responsible and productive citizens.
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