Harriet Elizabeth Brown Scholars…building on the Legacy

Learn about Harriet Elizabeth Brown and her contribution to Maryland education.  

The Building of the
HEB Scholars Program…
building 
on the Legacy

The Harriet Elizabeth Brown Scholars Program is open. Inquire about the availability of an annual scholarship. 

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—EVENTS UPCOMING—

Team Planning Meeting
September 2018

TBD (tentative)
The pilot effort, the Harriet Elizabeth Brown Scholars Program, will announce its first cohort of students for Academic Year 2018-2019.  Students will be selected from the announcements placed in online advertisements. Scholars will be notified immediately upon their selection.

TBD (tentative)
A community fundraiser to support the Harriet Elizabeth Brown Scholars Program is planned to help raise awareness and defer implementation costs of the student-teacher pipeline pilot.

August 2018
Recent Media: https://www.pressreader.com/usa/the-calvert-recorder/20180810/281479277243030

July 2018
Recent Media:
https://www.calvertbeacon.com/community-to-build-on-heroine-harriet-elizabeth-brown-legacy/

 Recent Media:  http://www.thebaynet.com/articles/0718/localscholarshipprogramreachesmilestones.html

July 3, 2018

HEB Team (community coordinators) to meet with Sandy Walker, Equity Officer, Calvert County Public School System, and his staff to discuss the program.  No firm agenda has been set, but Walker noted this would be a sharing of progress on diversity.  

PRESS RELEASE:  Harriet Elizabeth Brown Program Reaches Major Milestones 

COMPLETED
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June 26 & 27, 2018
On Jun 26 & 27, Remnant staff attended the CERRA’s ProTEAM training at Winthrop University.  Training is the accredited coursework for administering the middle school component of CERRA’s education curriculum.  CERRA provided a very comprehensive look into it program.  It also has a wealth of curriculum resources to help providers in delivering the program.  Contributions from the community made this training event possible.    

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June 23, 2018
On Jun 23, Remnant staff attended the Calvert County Mentoring Partnership, Inc., mentor training, at the Prince Frederick Library.  The CCMP sponsored training was a part of the firm’s overall preparation for mentors to become qualified and verified through them.  Training was comprehensive and will provide a great benefit to the HEB scholars.  Three future HEB mentors attended the training.  

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June 16, 2018
Representatives of the Harriet Elizabeth Brown Scholars Program participated in the NAACP’s Community Day at Patterson Park & Museum.  HEB provided details on program and insights on how you can qualify for its annual scholarship.  HEB is expecting to launch its pilot effort in September 2018, with mentoring, leadership, and education being the program’s major components.  Students in the 7th, 8th, and 9th grades are encouraged to enroll.  The program is a concerted effort to develop new leaders/educators in our community.  

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June 4, 2018
On Jun 4, Remnant Center of Excellence, Inc. presented the first-ever, scholarships of the Harriet Elizabeth Brown Scholars Program to 2017 Calvert High graduate, Desmond Creek, and 2016 Calvert High Graduate, Wilbur Robinson at the Calvert Local Scholarship Application (CLSA) Celebration, at the College of Southern Maryland, Prince Fredrick.  Creek is pursuing studies in health education and Robinson is an engineering student.  Both young men are enrolled in the College of Southern Maryland.  Contributions from the community are making this possible.  

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June 2, 2018
On Jun 2, The Closing the Gap Coalition meet with CCPS leadership and inquired on its position regarding the Elizabeth Brown Scholars Program. The coalition reported responses to community and a future meeting with the HEB team has been requested by the CCPS leadership.  Meeting minutes are reserved for coalition members, but those interested in the HEB can inquire with the HEB community coordinators for more details.  

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Jun 2, 2018
On Jun 2, Will Wiggins, representing Remnant Center of Excellence Inc., will present details on its programs to included outlining the intent of the Harriet Elizabeth Brown Scholars Program, at the STEM Youth Empowerment Conference, at AC Hotel-Marriott, at the National Harbor.  Renown educator and charter school expert, Dr. Paul Miller, is the keynote speaker. Miller has taken on the challenge to improve the academics of African American boys, turning his charter school into one of New York State’s best. Under his leadership, graduation rates reached 94% with a 100% college acceptance rate for graduates. In addition, students have earned over $13 million in scholarships, compared to only $20,000 before he arrived (Green Tech High Charter School).

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May 21, 2018
On May 21, Will Wiggins, as a member of the Citizens’ Advisory Committee to the Board of Education, presented the status of the HEB at the committee’s final meeting of the school year.  Those attending the meeting included CAC members, CCPS School Superintendent and staff, and two Board of Education members.  The HEB presentation was warmly received; later committee members made complimentary comments on the overall intent of the HEB effort.

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May 21, 2018
On May 21, Desmond Creek became the second mentor to sign-up for the HEB.  Remnant selected Creek to be a mentor/role model for the HEB Scholars Program.  Creek, a 2017 graduate of Calvert High School, attends the College of Southern Maryland.  Creek to be processed through Calvert County Mentoring Partnership, Inc. for background investigation requirements.  There are now four role models/mentors being processed for the HEB.

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May 7, 2018
On May 7, the Calvert County Mentoring Partnership, Inc., initiated the application/investigation process for the first mentor to sign-up for the Harriet Elizabeth Brown Scholars Program.  Background, driving records, references, and security reviews all makeup CCMP’s comprehensive investigation and verification of potential mentors’ suitability to serve.

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May 4, 2018
The Team 3, Leadership Southern Maryland Class 2018 presented the results of its Action Plan development for the pilot-effort of the 2018-2019 Harriet Elizabeth Brown Scholars Program at the Prince Frederick Campus of the College of Southern Maryland.  Since the HEB inception/recommendation by the Citizens Advisory Committee to the Calvert County Board of Education, Team 3 had partnered with the HEB planning group of Calvert County Baptist Church; Calvert Mentoring Partnership, Inc.; Remnant Center of Excellence, Inc.; and Tau Lambda Lambda Local Chapter, Omega Phi Psi to help develop the pilot student-to-teacher pipeline. The presentation was part of a full slate of activities for the LSM Graduating Class of 2018.

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May 4, 2018
The Board of Directors, Leadership of Southern Maryland invited Remnant Center of Excellence, Inc.- staff/sponsors of the Action Plan Development Project for the Harriet Elizabeth Brown Scholars (Pilot) Program- to its Class of 2018, May 4 Graduation.  This event included a formal luncheon, the LSM teams’ non-profit presentations, and the graduation ceremony.  Team 3, L.S.M. Class of 2018 will presented its creative action plan that supported the innovative, community-centric (Calvert County) non-profit effort, known as the Harriet Elizabeth Brown Scholars Program.  The community-designed program (a student-teacher pipeline) looks to assist the local school district’s recruitment efforts to balance its workforce with more staff from underserved and underrepresented groups.

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April 23, 2018
Through a letter-writing campaign component of the Strong Schools Initiative, the HEB Scholars Program has been shared with the General Assembly’s Kirwan Commission as an example of a community working towards helping to create a more diverse teaching profession. The HEB aligns with one of five major priorities of the Commission’s February report which outlined efforts needed to enhance the next decade of the Maryland educational system.

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April 13, 2018
The pilot effort of the Harriet Elizabeth Brown Scholars Program offered student stipends –  application deadline was April 13, 2018.  Basic eligibility was reserved for young men going into the seventh, eighth, and ninth grades in Academic Year 2018-2019.  Scholarship information found at the Remnant Center of Excellence website.  The scholarship application can be also found at Remnant Center of Excellence.

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March 29, 2018
Remnant held its first “Friends of the Harriet Elizabeth Brown Scholars Program” meeting,  providing the community insight on the intent and development of the 2017 Citizens Advisory Committee to the Board of Education’s recommendation for a student-teacher pipeline.  Major outcomes were questions of local coordination and the progress toward meeting cohort projections.  Additionally, the friends recommended that an element of the program be focused on folding in parents and meeting their needs.  The HEB mentoring partner offered to share its parent instructional training package to help meet the academic planning needs of their students.   

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February 24, 2018
Remnant participated in the Calvert County Public Schools 7th Annual Science & Engineering Expo at Calvert High School
from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  This was a great opportunity to share and learn more about possible interest in the Harriet Elizabeth Brown Scholars Program.  We presented a short video, and provide attendees handouts on the HEB program.  Additionally, we announced the date for our 2018 Southern Maryland Aviation & Career Camp, scheduled for July 16-20, 2018.  

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February 20, 2018
Remnant presented an overview of the Harriet Elizabeth Brown Scholars program to members of the Concerned Black Men of Calvert County.  The meeting was held at the Brown Community Center in Prince Frederick.  Major discussion points were the genesis of the effort and current track of the program, to include possibly adding more organizations to the list of “Friends of the Harriet Elizabeth Brown Scholars Program.”  Association members suggested a need to look at students beyond the 9th grade.  Remnant assured the association that this early effort would not lose sight of encouraging the former, first-year 9th graders to return and help share their experiences with the group if they enroll in the teachers’ academy of Maryland or any other dual enrollment program they might pursue.  Currently, there are 31 organizations, businesses, and individuals listed as “Friends.

February 19, 2018
Remnant announces the pilot-effort of the Harriet Elizabeth Brown Scholars Program in the 2018 Calvert Local Scholarship Application program, which is being hosted by the Concerned Black Women of Calvert County.  The pilot-program will be the first-ever effort to develop and mentor new leaders and educators with a focus on STEM, Leadership, and Business Principles. The program is intended to be a development-effort to support the educational career opportunities that are being refined within the county.  In addition to the five-month, weekend effort, the pilot intends to offer about 15 scholarships to help youth attend the program.  The Harriet Elizabeth Brown Scholars Program Scholarship deadline is April 13, 2018.  Application can be found at Remnant Center of Excellence, Inc.
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February 17, 2018
Remnant attends a NAACP community awareness event and shares information on the HEB program and the upcoming March 29 meeting. Several community members inquired after the meeting to include the American Legion host of the event, parents, and local community groups.  All seem genuinely interested and expressed a need for an effort to address the lack of diversity on the school district teaching staff.

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February 16, 2018
Remnant provides its Leadership of Southern Maryland 2018 Team the current draft of the evolving HEB presentation to the community.  The team has been an integral part of the development of the community outreach effort to develop the HEB.  The team will provide feedback in order to refine the presentation and meet the major milestones projected by the draft communications plan.

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February 12, 2018
Remnant met with STEM official to discuss the HEB.  The very general discussion focused on whether an educational thread throughout the program would successfully meet the program objectives and ultimately kept kids involved.  As an action item: we agreed to market more around the use of the STEM moniker to attract more interest and convey that opportunities await even in those leadership/education paths.  Several suggestions also centered on potential educators who might complement the direction of the HEB.

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February 3, 2018
Remnant attended the Closing the Gap Coalition and school district meeting.  The meeting was an opportunity for school officials to answer a number of questions submitted by the Coalition and provide a general overview of district efforts.  Remnant was given space to present an overview of the HEB. The Coalition had a number of specific questions centering around collaboration and organization of the HEB effort.  Remnant spoke about the earlier coordination and collaboration with the school district and the College of Southern Maryland.  It also underscored the tremendous value of having the effort evolving more towards its original intent of being community-centric.  After the meeting, another nine people joined the “Friends of Harriet Elizabeth Brown Scholars Program.”

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February 2, 2018
Remnant met with official from Calvert Collaborative of Calvert County to discuss the direction of the HEB since its proposal to the Board of Education and the subsequent collaboration with the school district.  Several questions around the next steps for HEB were asked, to include the role of the schools and the level of district support.  Remnant offered that the program is very much aligned with its initial plan to be a “community-centric effort” that helps to build a student-teacher pipeline focusing on African American young men.  Meeting ended with a general consensus to continue the current course and know that it is much needed effort. 

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February 2, 2018
Remnant met with its Strategic Collegiate arm and officials of the Owings Science Center of Prince George’s County, MD.  Center director, Ms.  Wray provided an overview of the facility and a guided tour.   She also extended an invitation to Remnant to possibly have the center as a site for the scholars to experience later this year.  Additionally, Wray and her staff provided exceptional support in a collaborative effort to find students interested in STEM opportunities.

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February 1, 2018
Remnant met with Prince George’s County Councilmember Obie Patterson on the community efforts that Remnant has sponsored, to include the upcoming Health Career Symposium at Harvard University, April 6-8, 2018.   Remnant also provided the council member and overview of the HEB and how the model might work in his community.

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January 30, 2018
Remnant shares a few thought on the direction of the HEB with Concerned Black Women of Calvert County.  Discussion revolves around the direction of the HEB since its proposal to the Board of Education and subsequent collaboration with the school district.  Several questions centered around the next steps for HEB.  Remnant offered that the program is very much aligned with it initial plan to be a “community-centric effort.”

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January 4,  2018
Remnant met with members of the Leadership of Southern Maryland Team 2018 to chart progress and plan for the delivery of the Harriet Elizabeth Brown Scholars Program Implementation Action Plan.  The five-person team has worked with Remnant since September 2017 to devise a thorough and comprehensive Action Plan that would meet the needs of the project sponsor.  The outcome of the meeting resulted in agreeing on comments to the current draft version of the plan and setting a suspense for future comments.   

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December 19, 2018
On Tuesday, December 19, at 8 a.m., Remnant presented information on the progress of the Harriet Elizabeth Brown Scholars Program to students gathered at the College of Southern Maryland. They were not college students; they were middle and high school students participating in a groundbreaking program, the Minority Institute of Leadership and Excellence, sponsored by the Concerned Black Women of Calvert County and Calvert County Public Schools. These students were chosen for the program because they are members of minority scholar programs at their schools – Patuxent High School, Calvert High School, Huntingtown High School, Northern High School, Calvert Middle School, Northern Middle School and Southern Middle School.

Students were provided details on how the HEB would work, given examples of how leadership played into the program, and offer insights on planning for their own futures in education.  Dr. Curry, Superintendent of Schools, sat-in on the second presentation.

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October 19, 2017
On October 19, 2017, Dr. Vicky Karol, CCPS Director of Strategic  Partnerships and Community Engagement and Colonel (Retired) Will Wiggins, member of the Citizens Advisory Committee to the Board of Education and CEO of Remnant Center of Excellence, presented an update to the Calvert County Board of Education on CCPS’ Educational Partnerships and Mentorship Programs.  Karol outlined the various activities under the program and the planning executed to date.  She covered information on the Harriet Elizabeth Brown Scholars Program, the National Society of Black Engineers Pre-College Chapter, Northern High School’s Peer Mentoring Program, and the upcoming effort with the Calvert Interfaith Council.  Wiggins made several comments on the initial intent of the Harriet Elizabeth Brown Scholars Program which was designed to actively recruit African American males for the district’s teachers’ academy.  Several board members echoed similar thoughts about the HEB intent, noting that they understood that indeed focus-attention would be placed on African Americans males.  The discussion resolved that the HEB program is open to all students. Wiggins added the need to provided more information to the community so that residents would be fully informed about the various initiatives and participate.

Dr. Karol’s October 19, 2017 presentation:
http://www.calvertnet.k12.md.us/UserFiles/Servers/Server_123339/File/2016%202017%20Citizens%20Advisory%20Committee%20Report.pdf

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October 17, 2017
On October 17, Dr. Vicky Karol and Colonel (Retired) Will Wiggins met at CCPS district office with representatives of the College of Southern Maryland.  Discussions focused primarily on the developing the H.E.B. to becoming a successful career path starting from middle school and onward towards pursuing a bachelor degree in education.  Group also explored potential funding sources that might assist HEB scholars, with additional thought given towards how to address deficits in CCPS staff diversity.

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October 12, 2017
Dr. Vicky Karol, Calvert County Public Schools (CCPS) Director of Strategic  Partnerships and Community Engagement held a series of community meetings.  On October 12, she and Colonel (Retired) Will Wiggins, member of the Citizens Advisory Committee to the Board of Education and CEO of Remnant Center of Excellence; met with the Calvert County Minority Business Alliance and shared information on the new school district’s initiatives. Karol spoke about the developing CCPS mentorship and career development programs.  Also, she identified the career pathways being updated with the College of Southern MD, the Home Grown Teacher Academy of MD program, and the STEM education program with Ms. Rhonda Thomas of NSBE, Jr. of LEAP Forward.  Wiggins remarked on the Harriet E. Brown Scholars Program.  He noted the demographic mismatch that exists between African American’s 13 percent county population and the less than 6 percent representation on the CCPS professional staff.  He outlined the mismatch results in fewer classroom role models which negatively impacts students’ academic achievement.  He recalled that HEB’s intent was to recruit underrepresented populations to assist in improving CCPS staff diversity.

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September 28, 2017
On September 28, Superintendent Dan Curry approved staff’s efforts to develop the teacher pipeline, directing staff to rename the pipeline to the Harriet Elizabeth Brown Scholars program.  BACKGROUND: Prior to the superintendent’s decision, a series of discussions had been held between Dr. Vicky Karol, CCPS Director of Strategic  Partnerships and Community Engagement; Mr. Sandy Walker, CCPS Equity Supervisor; Mrs. Mandy Blackmon, principal, Southern Middle School; Mr. Zach Seawell, principal, Calvert Middle School; and Steven Lucus, principal, Calvert High School; and Colonel (Retired) Will Wiggins, Citizen Advisory Committee to the Board and CEO of Remnant Center of Excellence.

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September 12, 2017
On September 12, 2017, met with Leadership Southern Maryland and its LSM Project teams to share the vision of the Harriet Elizabeth Brown Teacher Pipeline and solicit the teams’ help. Remnant met with the students who asked probing questions about the organization and proposed project.  Ultimately, LSM advised Remnant that a team had been selected to work on the grassroots, community-centric project, and then we gathered to have our first team meeting and to learn a little about each member.  The LSM team was quite diverse in the skill levels and disciplines it brought to the project effort.

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August 29, 2018
The work that Remnant Center of Excellence contributed to the Harriet Elizabeth Brown Pipeline was selected by the Leadership Southern Maryland Class of 2018 for further study. The project calls for developing an Action Plan for the implementation of a teacher pipeline that focuses on informing and recruiting African American males on the virtues and opportunities in exploring a education career.  

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August 4, 2017
On August 4, 2017, Colonel (Retired) Will Wiggins and J.C. Hooker of the Citizen Advisory Committee to the Board of Education made several formal recommendations to the Calvert County board to enhance staff diversity (2017 CAC Recommendation).  Out of the five official recommendations, developing a teacher pipeline from middle school to high school was readily accepted for action by the board. The name suggested for the activity was “The Harriet Elizabeth Brown Teacher Pipeline.”

 

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