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Academic Advisory Committees

Academic Advisory Committees offer opportunities for involvement and are comprised of parents, community members, students and staff with a desire to work collaboratively to improve education in Howard County.

Career Academies Advisory Committees

Each of the Career Academies offered by the HCPSS has an advisory committee composed of representatives from the school system, students, local businesses and industry, and the community at large. The role of Career Academies advisory committees is to review curriculum, discuss any industry trends and technology that should be included in curriculum, and offer suggestions and support for additional opportunities such as field trips, scholarships, competitions, guest speaking, etc.

The career areas currently include: Arts, Media, and Communication; Business, Management and Finance; Construction and Development; Consumer Services, Hospitality, and Tourism; Health and Biosciences; Human Resource Services; Information Technology; Manufacturing, Engineering, and Technology; Transportation Technologies; and Career Research and Development.

Most advisory committees meet at least twice annually and new members are always welcome. If you are interested in joining one of the advisory committees or would like additional information, contact the Office of Career and Technology Education.

Contact and Membership Information

  • Office of Career and Technology Education – 410-313-6629

Elementary Curricular Advisory Committee (ECAC)

Purpose

  • Establish and maintain positive partnerships among families, community, and HCPSS with focus on the Elementary Programs and initiatives.
  • Establish two-way communication among families, community, and HCPSS related to the Elementary Programs and initiatives.
  • Advise the Elementary Office by recommending ways to help provide continuous improvement as reflected by achievement and performance data to ensure that all students are on or above grade level in reading and mathematics.

Contact and Membership Information

  • Office of Elementary Curricular Programs – 410-313-1538

Fine Arts Advisory Council

The purpose of the Fine Arts Advisory Council is to support and advocate for the dance, music, theatre and visual arts programs in Howard County Public Schools. The Fine Arts Advisory Council will serve as a forum for providing shared ideas and concerns for providing outstanding fine arts programs for the students of HCPSS.

Meetings for the 2015-16 school year are:

  • September 21, 2015 at the Old Cedar Lane School in the Pine Room
  • November 9, 2015 at the Board of Education Meeting Room
  • January 1, 2016 at the Board of Education Meeting Room
  • March 14, 2016 at the Board of Education Meeting Room
  • May 9, 2016 at the Board of Education Meeting Room

In addition to bi-monthly meetings, the Fine Arts Advisory Committee hosts three annual HCPSS Fine Arts Events:

  • Fine Arts College Night in October – This event provides information for students and families on the process of applying to a college as a dance, music, theatre or visual arts major. Panel presentations in each of the art forms provide information on preparing portfolios/auditions, financial aide, maximizing your performance potential, college fine arts majors, and careers.
  • High School Fine Arts Night in November – This event provides information for elementary and middle school students and families about the kinds of Fine Arts offerings available in HCPSS, and how to maximize your high school experience to include fine arts offerings.
  • Theatre Workshop in May – This event provides elementary and middle school students a sampling of the kinds of activities that happen in a high school theatre program. The culmination of the day results in a mini-performance for families.

Contact and Membership Information

  • Office of Fine Arts – 410-313-6885

Parent Resources

The Gifted and Talented Education Program Advisory Committee

Mission

The mission of the Gifted and Talented Education Program Advisory Committee is to ensure that gifted education services and programs serve to recognize and develop talent in advanced-level learners.

Committee Purpose

The purpose of this committee is:

  1. To establish and maintain a system of communication between the Howard County community and the staff of the Gifted and Talented Education Program.
  2. To establish and maintain a community of advocates for gifted education who view gifted education services as indispensable.
  3. To collect, and report information/data from the Howard County community regarding the needs of advanced-level learners to gifted education program staff.
  4. To provide advice and counsel in partnership with school system staff for continuous improvement of the Gifted and Talented Education Program.

Contact and Membership Information:

Gifted and Talented Education Program – 410-313-6800

Howard County Early Childhood Advisory Council

The Howard County Advisory Council supports the care, education and health of our youngest learners. The Council’s mission is to ensure that all Howard County children come to school healthy and ready to succeed. The Council’s goals are to ensure that:

  • All children have access to high quality early learning and development programs;
  • Families have access to resources needed to be effective as their child’s first teacher;
  • Children arrive at school with healthy minds and bodies.

Contact and Membership Information:

Office of Early Childhood Programs – 410-313-5659

Instructional Technology and Library Media Advisory Board

Mission

The Instructional Technology and Library Media Advisory Board consists of Technology Teachers, Library Media Specialists, parents, and other interested community members who meet to advise, support, and advocate for the continuous improvement of the HCPSS Instructional Technology and Library Media programs in order to ensure that all Howard County students are college and career-ready.

Purpose

  • help establish short and long range goals for services, resources, and technology integration
  • help maintain a current collection policy/collection development plan
  • support special instructional technology library media program activities and celebrations
  • advocate for the instructional technology and library media program, encouraging community support and funding

Contact:

Office of Instructional Technology and Library Media – 410-313-7141

  • Julie Alonso-Hughes
  • Melissa Grabill

Mathematics Advisory Committee (MAC)

The mission of the HCPSS Mathematics Advisory Committee is to give support, lend its collective expertise and advice to and advocate for the HCPSS mathematics program. The Mathematics Advisory Committee serves as a forum for sharing ideas, information and concerns, and suggesting initiatives for the mathematics program.

Purpose

The purpose of this committee is:

  1. To provide general advocacy for the mathematics program within the school system and to the general public.
  2. Support mathematics program improvements and initiatives, resource acquisitions, and staff development opportunities that promote continuous improvement in mathematics achievements by HCPSS students.

Meeting Schedule

Contact and Membership Information

School Health Council

The School Health Council serves as an advisory to the Superintendent of Howard County Public Schools and the Health Officer of the Howard County Health Department on coordinated school health programs to include a healthful school environment, health and safety instruction, and school health services.

The School Health Council is mandated by Maryland State Education Regulations. Its members are drawn from a broad segment of the community, including health, business, clergy, voluntary organizations, social services, parents as well as members from the School System and the Health Department.

Purpose

  • Provide leadership and support to relevant school health programs.
  • Assist in the development and maintenance of new coordinated school health programs.
  • Recognize, respect, and include the policies and objectives of various disciplines, groups, and agencies concerned with school health and work toward the coordination of their efforts.

Contact and Membership Information

  • Office of Health and Physical Education – 410-313-6752
  • Office of Health Services – 410-313-6637

Science Advisory Committee (SAC)

Mission

The mission of the HCPSS Science Advisory Committee is to advise and support the school system for the continuous improvement of the science educational program.

Purpose

The purpose of this committee shall be to:

  1. Serve as a forum for the exchange of ideas and concerns related to the continued enhancement of the HCPSS science instructional program.
  2. Provide public support and advocacy for the science program in a variety of forums.
  3. Provide professional expertise for the ongoing development and evaluation of the HCPSS science instructional program.
  4. Support joint programs with the HCPSS Mathematics Advisory Committee and other HCPSS advisory committees.
  5. Explore with staff ways to identify and utilize available community resources to enrich science experiences for all students.
  6. Help obtain grant funding for staff development, summer programs for teachers, and other activities to enhance the teaching of science.
  7. Provide guidance and assistance for HCPSS extracurricular science-related programs such as the STEM Fair (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Fair).
  8. Support enrichment opportunities for HCPSS students in science.

Contact and Membership Information

  • Office of Secondary Science – 410-313-6615
  • Office of Elementary Science – 410-313-6836

Secondary Language Arts Advisory Committee

This committee consists of Secondary Language Arts teachers, administrators, students, parents, and other interested community members who meet to advise, support, and advocate for the continuous improvement of educational programs in order to ensure that all Howard County students are college and career-ready.

Contact and Membership Information

  • Office of Secondary Language Arts Office – 410-313-6620

Social Studies Advisory Committee

The mission of the Social Studies Advisory Committee is to offer staff advice from multiple perspectives on social studies decisions and future directions aligned with the Bridge to Excellence Master Plan. Committee members will review curriculum and new textbooks, participate in long-range planning and goal setting, provide support for the social studies budget, and receive updates on professional development and student programs.

The Social Studies Advisory Committee meets three times during the school year.

Purpose

  • Serve as a community sounding board for issues related to Social Studies education in Howard County.
  • Serve as an advisory group for the adoption of new Social Studies textbooks and curricula.
  • Advocate for the Social Studies program in a wide range of arenas, both public and private.

Contact and Membership Information

  • Office of Secondary Social Studies – 410-313-6639
  • Office of Elementary Social Studies – 410-313-5678

Special Education Community Advisory Committee (SECAC)

SECAC and HCPSS encourage and welcome parent involvement in every phase of a child’s educational journey. In the area of special education, parent involvement is crucial.

SECAC is dedicated to educating parents, educators and the community in matters unique to the needs of children and young adults with disabilities. By identifying unmet needs of students, parents, and the many professionals who work with them, the committee advocates for constructive change and the supports that are necessary to provide quality educational opportunities for all students. SECAC is committed to the principle that all students can learn and that they will contribute something unique and invaluable to our community. To that end, SECAC seeks to create acceptance and respect for persons with special needs within our schools and society. SECAC strives to work in a mutually respectful and collaborative manner with educators because it recognizes the vital importance of the home-school relationship for successful outcomes.

Contact and Membership Information

  • Department of Special Education and Student Services- 443-310-6659

World Language Advisory Committee (WLAC)

The mission of the World Language Advisory Committee is to advise, support and advocate for the continuous improvement of world language educational programs. Their efforts will ensure that all students meet established performance standards and that the partnership between the Office of World Languages and the community grows stronger.

Purpose

  • Become knowledgeable in the goals, methods, and materials of world language acquisition instruction in the HCPSS.
  • Give input and advice to assist in the development of world language programs and resources at the elementary, middle and high school levels.
  • Provide public support and advocacy for world language programs and initiatives in a variety of forums.
  • Explore with staff ways to identify and utilize available community resources to enrich world language acquisition experiences for all students.

Contact and Membership Information

  • World Languages – 410-313-7485