Curriculum

Racial Justice & Anti-Racism

  • Reexamine how MCPS honors Black lives in elementary, middle, and high school curricula in ways that critically challenge how we frame our nation’s history

  • Commit to making MCPS students knowledgeable and passionate about equality and justice through our social studies, history, and language arts curricula

  • Educate MCPS students of all grade levels about the causes and effects of systemic racism in our nation and county

  • Add educational materials -including books, documentaries, podcasts, articles, and speeches- that explore themes of anti-racism to the required MCPS English, Social Studies, History, and Science summer reading list or academic year syllabi 

  • Increase racial education programming at all schools, including student forums for discussion on racial justice and field trips to local museums and historical sites to learn about the experiences of local black, Indigenous, and people of color.

Health Curriculum

  • Require that MCPS health teachers have improved ableism and LGBTQ+ sensitivity training, with students from those populations leading the creation of the trainings

  • Improve accountability systems for health teachers who make comments during class that are damaging to students’ well-being 

  • Require that the MCPS health curriculum for all grade levels talks more about mobility aids, chronic illnesses, and invisible disabilities

  • Expand the depth and scope of LGBTQ+ representation in required health classes

  • Create LGBTQ+ inclusive health classes by exploring relevant issues’ disproportionate impact on members of the LGBTQ+ community, and by adopting more inclusive language and terminology for regular use in the classroom

Career Pathway Programs

  • Increase opportunities for middle schoolers to explore potential future careers, as well as vocational training programs available in high school during the school day

  • Create more regional specialized schools like Thomas Edison High School so that vocational programs are easier to access for students in different areas of the county

  • Provide access to mentors and other local professionals in various fields to help students transition straight into the workforce after high school if desired

Diversified Approaches to Learning

  • Increase the number of off-campus learning opportunities (field trips) for students to apply their knowledge and skills built in the classroom in a real-world setting

  • Enhance the accessibility and diversity of STEM and Fine Arts classes, especially at the middle school level 

  • Promote the creation and participation of life skills classes such as Quantitative Literacy

  • Require middle school students to get a basic understanding of loans and credit, saving and investing, budgeting, taxes, and starting a business as a part of their standard curriculum 

  • Increase foreign language opportunities in elementary schools

Standarized Testing

  • Reduce the reliance on standardized testing as a measure of student success 

  • Use a combination of grades, project-based assessments, class participation, teacher feedback, and minimal standardized testing to determine evidence of learning

  • Increase transparency to both students and parents of when, why, and how much students are being tested in schools

 

Welcome to Curriculum, the part of my platform that addresses both specific content changes I believe need to be made in students' core classes throughout their time in MCPS, as well as additional educational opportunities like career pathway programs that should be accessible to all students. Use the arrow next to each topic header to expand the column and see my specific policy directives!