Networking & Support
The Office of Equity partners with and cultivates relationships with a variety of community groups and organizations to advance equity in education. The following groups work with OEASA to ensure that All Means All for Anne Arundel County students.
The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) Advisory group was established in 2005 as an outgrowth of a complaint filed by the NAACP and community members. The OCR Advisory Group meets monthly to partner with, and advise, the Office of Equity and Accelerated Student Achievement to generate ideas, initiatives, and strategies to assist in our effort to Elevate All Students, Eliminate All Gaps.
OEASA works with Anne Arundel County Government to help study and advise the County Executive on matters related to making school readiness a priority in Anne Arundel County. The Early Childhood Coalition works to ensure school readiness for all children of Anne Arundel County and invests in the early childhood years, from birth to five.
The Community Action Agency empowers people in reducing poverty and building resilient communities. Through the work they do, they serve as a recognized leader in addressing poverty and improving the quality of life in the communities of Anne Arundel County. The agency dedicates itself to eliminating poverty in the midst of plenty in this nation by opening to everyone the opportunity for education and training; the opportunity for work; and the opportunity to live in decency and dignity; and with respect for cultural diversity.
The Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) Executive Panel is a structured group appointed by the Board of Education that provides advice to the Board on specific issues impacting educational policy, activities, and programs. The CAC Executive Panel is composed of county residents who represent the diversity of parents and citizens in the county. The CAC studies and reports on educational issues of countywide concern. They also respond to requests from the Board for research and recommendations on specific educational issues.
Kindess Grows Here and OEASA have collaborated on a number of intiatives to support caregivers in raising children who understand that a major part of kindess is standing up to injustice when they see it. Kindness Grows Here and OEASA have co-taught seminars for parents/caregivers on identity, diversity, and justice at a local elementary school. They have teamed up for community based forums on racial justice and held countywide virtual discussions on talking to children about race. The partnership between OEASA and Kindess Grows Here led the organization's recognition for being the AACPS 2021 Community Partner of the Year.
AACPS and Kindess Grows Here partnered together to present a forum of diverse parents who shared their thoughts about how to talk to young children about race.
AACPS, Kindness Grows Here, and the Anne Arundel County Public Libraries partnered to present this panel discussion as a follow-up to the successful first session.
Joint Initiative to Eliminate the Opportunity Gap
The Joint Initiative to Eliminate the Opportunity Gap is a partnership with AACPS and the Anne Arundel County Government that includes school system and county government employees, parents, and community members who will collaborate on recommendations to eradicate gaps between student groups. Please see the Joint Intiative website to find more information.
Maryland State Department of Education
The Network for Equity & Excellence in Education (NE³) is comprised of representatives of the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and each of Maryland's 24 local school systems. Network members meet monthly to develop materials and strategies as well as to share information about effective practices related to educational equity.