Celebrating the Year

Posted on: Thu, 06/14/2018 - 09:00

Dr. Alban summarizes the inaugural year of her blog, "Off the Cuff"

picture of children playingAs the school year comes to a close, many students, staff, and families are joining in school celebrations. There are concerts, award ceremonies, and graduations--so many exciting things to celebrate!

Systemically, FCPS celebrates as well. Our Board of Education recognizes outstanding employees and students at their meetings throughout the spring. Departments host end-of-year meetings to celebrate success and plan next steps. 

For me, this marks the end of my first year writing the "Off the Cuff" blog. I thank the readers and guest bloggers who supported me this year. 

The blog covered a wide array of topics and in some cases created a lot of buzz! One such blog was about the effect of zeroes on grades. This is such an important topic that I charged a work group to examine grading policies and regulations in order to offer recommendations. Their report will be a springboard for conversations in the year ahead.

The "In my shoes" blogs gave me a chance to have valuable conversations with staff. I gained insights about our staff and the contributions they make to our organization. I look forward to talking with and writing about more staff next year.

There are so many important conversations about public education occurring at the state and national levels. I liked being able to share those topics through the blog and appreciated the feedback I received from readers. The feedback from parents about "Virtual Snow Days" and how this is handled in other states was incredibly helpful. I hope to share those suggestions at my meetings with other Superintendents next year.

Hopefully, you enjoyed the blog as much as I did. Please feel free to share ideas or suggestions for future topics. I’d love to hear from you on Twitter @FCPSMDSuper. And if you enjoyed this post, please feel free to share it on Facebook or Twitter.

Now, on to year 2!