• News Release: PGCPS Launches Workforce Diversity Task Force

    September 21, 2016
    For Immediate Release
    CONTACT:
    Office of Communications
    301-952-6001

    UPPER MARLBORO, MD – Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) recently launched a Workforce Diversity Task Force to develop a systematic plan to attract, develop, and retain a high quality workforce that represents the cultural diversity of students and the community.  


    The Workforce Diversity Task Force, spearheaded by the district’s Office of Human Resources, will analyze current staffing, student enrollment data, and initiatives that address workforce diversity, such as Latino Educator Recruitment and Men of PGCPS.

    “As we experience a demographic shift in our community and schools, it is imperative that we have a workforce that reflects that shift,” said Dr. Kevin M. Maxwell, PGCPS Chief Executive Officer. “It is  important for our students to see teachers and staff members who look like them in the classroom, the school building, and throughout our organization. Diversity makes a difference, as it can greatly impact the academic achievement of our students.”

    Since 2014, PGCPS has:

    • increased the number of Latino teachers by more than 60 percent, from 205 to 327.

    • increased the number of Latino administrators and supervisors by more than 55 percent, from 8 to 14.

    • maintained an 82 percent retention rate of Latino staff.

    • met the staffing needs of immersion schools and International High Schools with candidates of diverse backgrounds.

    • partnered with the Spanish Embassy and hired over 40 teachers throughout the county.  

    The task force is comprised of six subcommittees: Sourcing of Teacher Candidates, Sourcing of Administrator Candidates, Grow Your Own Teachers and Administrators, Higher Education and Professional Development, Cultural Competence and Support, and Communication and Branding.  

    The group held its inaugural meeting September 13 and will meet monthly through December. Recommendations will be presented to the Board of Education by January.

     

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    Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS), one of the nation's 25 largest school districts, has 208 schools and centers, more than 130,000 students and nearly 19,000 employees. Under the leadership of Chief Executive Officer Dr. Kevin M. Maxwell, the school system serves a diverse student population from urban, suburban and rural communities located in the Washington, DC suburbs. PGCPS is nationally recognized for innovative programs and initiatives that provide students with unique learning opportunities, including arts integration, environmental and financial literacy, and language immersion.