Garrett County students were featured in the recent Md/DC College Compact publication entitled "P20 Connects - Action Plan 2016-2021." The project is one of many community based service projects taking place in Garrett County schools. This particular work focused on the restoration of waterways impacting the population of Brook Trout. Multiple years of work with community agencies, landowners, farmers, students, teachers, and advocate groups has resulted in the recent identification of Brook Trout in the area once again.
The purpose of this MDCCC action plan is to visualize and construct a path toward strengthened post-secondary prospects for underserved students in Maryland and the District of Columbia. It provides a blueprint for the primary entities that have the interest and position to carry out this goal— PreK-12 schools, higher education institutions (together, “P20”) and community organizations—to do collectively what they are unable to achieve in isolation.
The Action Plan provides researched-based strategies for the creation and preservation of collaborative structures across the region, and for the work these collaborations will do implementing common agendas, shared measurements, and civic practices that address mutually identified community needs through student engagement.
We envision that by 2021, these partnerships will create a support system for civic engagement so strong and visible that educators and community organizations will feel at ease initiating a program, carrying it through, evaluating its outcomes, and applying lessons forward. We envision that socio-economically disadvantaged students, like their more privileged peers, will reap the rewards of collaborative civic engagement by being well-prepared for college, for their chosen careers, and for active civic participation in their communities.
For more information about Service Learning in GCPS, please explore our site at www.garrettcountyschools.org - drop down bar under departments - "Service Learning" or contact Y. Michelle Harman, Supervisor of College and Career Readiness at 301-334-8911.
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