P-20 stands for Pre-K through graduate school and/or the workforce. A P-20 philosophy permeates the University System
of Maryland. Under the leadership of the System's Chancellor, Robert L. Caret and through the combined efforts of
dedicated faculty, administrators and staff, the University System of Maryland has become a recognized leader in
state and national efforts to ensure that all citizens can participate and benefit from the highest quality education.
The USM P-20 office is housed in the office of Academic Affairs and has both an internal and an external focus.
The USM P-20 office works directly with the Departments of Education in the USM institutions on partnerships with
the local school systems. These partnerships work to strengthen educational achievement from elementary school through
college and beyond. The partnerships also create programs to encourage students to consider and prepare for college
and works at the both Pre-K-12 and college levels to improve teacher quality.
The USM P-20 Partnership Initiatives have been funded through a variety of federal and private
funds including grants from the Pew Charitable Trusts, the U.S. Department of Education Office of
Teacher Quality, the National Science Foundation, Lumina Foundation and the Business Higher Education
Forum. In addition to the grant-funded activities, the USM P-20 office collaborates with state-wide
partners to develop new programs, such as the Associate of Arts in Teaching degree (AAT), shared standards
for written communication in first year writing courses, and "bridge goals" for mathematics alignment between
high school and college.
Governor's P-20 Leadership Council
The USM P-20 office supports the Chancellor in his work with Governor's P-20
Leadership Council. The Council is a partnership between the State, educators,
and the business community to better prepare Maryland students for the jobs of the
21st Century while enhancing the State's economic competitiveness by creating a workforce
with 21st-century skills. The Council consists of not more than 35 members, including the
Governor or his designee and representatives of the education (both K-12 and higher education),
workforce creation, and business communities.
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