Community members are encouraged to support Baltimore County Public Schools through participation in a wide range of Board of Education Advisory and Stakeholder Groups. Brief descriptions of these groups and links for additional information such as contacts and upcoming meeting dates follow:
Area Education Advisory Councils – For each of the school system’s five geographic and administrative areas – Southwest, Northwest, Central, Northeast, and Southwest – the Board of Education appoints residents to serve on an Area Education Advisory Council to provide a broader base of citizen input into education.
Career and Technology Education Advisory Council – This group of citizens, including many industry professionals and business leaders, advise, advocate for, and review Career and Technology Education programs, including programs in arts, media communications, health, biosciences, business management, finance, human resource services, information technology, consumer service, hospitality, tourism, construction and development, environmental and natural resources, manufacturing, engineering and technology, and transportation technology.
The Citizens' Advisory Committee for Gifted and Talented Education – Through this committee, parents and community members are dedicated to studying best practices in the field of gifted and talented education, educating the public concerning local and national issues in gifted education, serving as a forum for concerns relating to the BCPS Gifted and Talented Education Program, and advising the Superintendent and staff concerning gifted education services.
PTA – Every school has its own chapter of a parent-teacher or parent-teacher-student organization; most of them affiliated with the PTA Council of Baltimore County and the National PTA. These organizations are designed to speak on behalf of children and their needs, assist parents in developing effective child-rearing skills, and encourage parent and public involvement in public schools.
Special Education Citizens Advisory Committee – Committee members advocate at the county, state and federal level to make recommendations and assist Baltimore County Public Schools about issues including the education budget, inclusion, assessments, support services and other issues concerning children and special education services.
In addition, each year, the Superintendent appoints a group of citizens and educators to serve as his Minority Achievement Advisory Group, providing information and insights on enhancements to ensure that all children achieve to their highest ability.