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March 9: Vanguard Program launch event

FREDERICK, Md.—The Vanguard Teacher Program partnership between Hood College and Frederick County Public Schools will officially launch March 9 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Hood’s Whitaker Campus Center Commons.

The goal of the program is to develop competency-based, teacher leadership. It will teach educators to create a blended learning environment in the classroom, while building capacity within schools and across the district. The program will focus on four areas of teaching competencies: mindset, instructional technology, teaching practices, and professional learning and networking.

Although this is a non-degree program, the partnership enables FCPS teachers to earn credits toward a master’s degree in education while they complete the Vanguard Program. Hood will provide nine credits of course work in three classes that complement the objectives and goals of the Vanguard Program. FCPS and Hood College will collaborate regularly to design, assess and redesign the courses as determined by school system needs and priorities.

For more information about the Hood College partnership with the FCPS Vanguard program, contact April Boulton at 301-696-3600 or