"Focused, Data-Led, And Research-Oriented:" Incoming Baltimore County Superintendent Unveils Plans for 2023-2024 School Year


Dr. Miriam Yarbrough shares her plans for the upcoming school year with board members and local officials. (Credit: BCPS-TV/ Youtube)

BALTIMORE -- Newly appointed Baltimore County Superintendent Dr. Myriam Yarbrough presented her plans for the upcoming 2023-2024 academic year to educational leaders on Monday.

Following her official appointment in June, Yarbrough has highlighted academic excellence for every student and college readiness as her main goals.

"Our core purpose is increasing achievement for all students," Yarbrough said. "we are here to provide a variety of pathways to prepare students for college and careers. Delivering on these commitments means prioritizing investments and supports in the most critical areas now to assure success moving forward."

In a strategic approach, she said she aims to deploy "focused, data-led, research-oriented, pedagogically robust practices and tools that boost teaching proficiency and foster elevated levels of learning, thereby increasing student success."

This includes an in-depth analysis of data from the 2022 and 2023 academic years across all subjects to identify student performance trends. Yarbrough said she plans to design lessons and assessments tailored to address the determined needs and is also set to introduce a fresh literacy curriculum and professional training for all elementary teachers.

Additionally, Yarbrough expressed her intention to enhance the Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) customer service platform and prioritize human resources and payroll functions as part of her strategy to refine the district's infrastructure.

The newly appointed Superintendent also underscored her plans to ensure safe working environments through clearly defined expectations and mutual accountability. This would involve revising the student code of conduct and completing an "elementary assistance safety support model."

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