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Education Committee


The NAACP works to ensure that every disadvantaged student and student of color graduates ready for college or a career by ensuring access to great teaching, fair discipline, equitable resources and challenging curriculum. We are dedicated to eliminating the severe racial inequities that continue to plague our education system. Our ultimate goal is that every student of color receives a quality public education that prepares him or her to be a contributing member of a democracy.

To achieve these goals, the Education Committee of the national board, in concert with education chairs and leaders from across the Association, have settled upon a four-prong strategy to improve educational achievement for disadvantaged students:

  • Improving Discipline: Eliminate zero tolerance; keep kids in school
  • Increasing Resource Equity: Target funds to neediest kids
  • Ensuring College & Career Readiness: A path to success after graduation for all students
  • Improving Teaching: Growing our own great teachers now in underserved communities
Interested in being a part of the Education Committee? Send email to education@howardcountynaacp.com with your name, contact info, and area of interest.

Education Committee Chair

Laura Johnson

Student and Family Resources

The Education Committee maintains a listing of Student and Family Resources

2019 Committee Meeting Schedule

Dates and location subject to change. Check the website for any schedule changes.

January 22  6:30 pm, Elkridge Library
February 19  6:30 pm, Elkridge Library
March 19 7:00 pm, Coffee and Conversation with Board of Education, Location TBD
March 28 6:30 pm, General Membership Meeting - State of Education: HCPSS Strategic Call to Action Update, Wilde Lake High School
April  23

 6:30 pm, Oakland Mills High School media center

 Sept 16

 6:30 pm, Central Library / Mosaic Room

 Oct 8  6:30 pm, Elkridge Library / Grist Mill Room


Nomination for NYU College Access Leadership Institute in Washington, DC (July 2019)

This two-day program for high school juniors and seniors, taking place from July 31st to August 2nd, will provide students with valuable information that will help you navigate the college admissions process, https://www.nyu.edu/admissions/high-school-programs/nyu-cali.html

MBC Summer Enrichment Academy (Summer 2019)

UMBC is hosting academic workshops, courses and camp programs for elementary, middle and high school students - https://sea.umbc.edu/

Recruitment event for teachers of color (May 1, 2019)

HCPSS will hold its first ever Recruitment Event for Teachers of Color on May 1st. Register to attend at https://hcpssne.ws/2Cqo34y

Scholarship Funds for Middle School Summer Programs Available (March 8, 2019)

Applications for the Carlessia Hussein Minority Scholarship ​​​​​​​are due March 8, 2019 - https://cfhoco.org/scholarship/carlessia-hussein/

HCPSS Budget Process (Feb 2019)

Education Legislation status (Feb 2019)

Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE), represents all 24 local boards of education in Maryland. This chart represents MABE Positions and Legislative Bill status for 2019 Education Legislation.


The NAACP’s Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) is a yearlong achievement program designed to recruit, stimulate, and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students. ACT-SO includes 32 competitions in STEM, humanities, business, and performing, visual and culinary arts. Almost 300,000 young people have participated from the program since its inception. For over thirty years the mission of ACT-SO has been to prepare, recognize and reward youth of African descent who exemplify scholastic and artistic excellence. 

2019 ACT-SO competition is April 28.  Deadline for application is March 15, 2019, see ACT-SO for details.

Youth and College

We develop young civil rights and community leaders by engaging youth in leadership roles and positive community activism in Howard County, Maryland. We have won numerous awards and recognition from county and state officials for our work. Though we primarily focus on the issues affecting African Americans and other racial and ethnic minorities, we strive for equality for all people and do not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, or any other protected category


Tel: (443) 364-8573
P.O. Box 622 Columbia, MD 21045

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