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August Newsletter

Welcome Back to School!

Welcome back to school! As we start a new year, the Fund extends our well wishes for a safe and successful school year to all our amazing City Schools staff, students and their families. Below are some resources to help students and their families feel better prepared for the classroom and beyond:

  • City Schools Family University: A collection of quick-tip videos and resources for families designed to increase engagement while fostering academic success and social-emotional growth.

  • School Choice: While the school year has only just begun, school choice season is just around the corner. Check out the Fund’s school choice workshops that help students and their families navigate the school choice process.

  • Navigator Center: City Schools High School Students can meet with experts to help them with the transition from high school to college or a career. Check out the College and Career playlist on City Schools Tv for webinars on college, career advice, and helpful student stories.

Maryland Perspectives: Fund for Educational Excellence

Tune in to WIYY-FM’s Maryland Perspectives with Amelia to learn about the Fund for Educational Excellence. Roger Schulman, President & CEO of the Fund, discusses how the Fund identifies and develops innovative solutions to address the most pressing problems facing City Schools students, their families and educators. Check it out!

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Ravens Training Camp Recap

On Monday, August 15th, the Heart of the Schools, the principal-centered program managed by the Fund for Educational Excellence, was excited to take two busloads of principals and their guests out to the Castle to watch Lamar Jackson, Marlon Humphrey, Calais Campbell and their fellow Ravens up close and personal as they prepared for the season. Children in the group were able to get autographs from their favorite players and principals enjoyed their time together in the sun! Check out some pictures from the day!

Thank you to the Baltimore Ravens for partnering with the Heart of the Schools to offer City Schools principals the opportunity to spend the day with colleagues at the Castle. It was a wonderful day and we hope to do it again next year!

Farewell, Dr. Angelique Jessup!

After over five years at the Fund for Educational Excellence, our esteemed colleague, Dr. Angelique Jessup, is transitioning from her role as Program Director to start her own consulting group called The Connectus Group. Angelique joined the Fund in 2016, leading our Grade Level Reading work and has been a steadfast advocate for Baltimore’s students and families. She has been invaluable in driving our Equity and Engagement work. While she will be greatly missed as a staff member, we are thrilled to share we will continue to collaborate with Angelique as an education consultant as we establish and finalize the Fund’s racial equity action plan. We wish Angelique the very best as she embarks on this exciting next chapter!

Of Note: 

Additional insights, updates and resources.

  • The Fund is looking for part-time and temporary Research Coders from August – December 2022 to help with our current qualitative research study, examining teacher retention, attrition & recruitment from the pre-pandemic years through the present. Learn more and apply, here.
  • Schools starts on Monday! Find all the forms, info, and links you need to ensure you’re ready for back-to-school. Make sure to read and return all forms by Sept. 30. Get ready for back to school on City Schools website, here.
  • Do you need childcare before/after school for your Baltimore City Public Schools Pre-K child? The Family Tree can help! Family Resource Specialists can help you find the care you need!  More information, here.
  • Want to help build the region’s transportation future? Transportation 101 teaches you about current issues and helps you build a network of fellow advocates to effect change. Apply now for Central Maryland Transportation Alliance’ Transportation 101, here.

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