MCPS Educator to be Named “Most Hopeful Teacher in America”

August 19, 2013
Experts to discuss importance of hope in education

An educator from Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) will be named “The Most Hopeful Teacher in America” on Wednesday, August 21, 2013, during an event at Gallup World Headquarters in Washington, D.C.  In addition to the naming of the first “Most Hopeful Teacher,” the event will focus on the importance of hope in education and what schools with high hope do differently to help students succeed. The event will feature one of the nation’s foremost researchers on the topic. MCPS has made Social Emotional Learning an important part of its Strategic Planning Framework, which will guide the work of the system in the years to come. MCPS is using survey data to track the hope, engagement, and well-being of students in grades 5-12. 

What: Announcement of The Most Hopeful Teacher in America and discussion on the power of hope in education 

When: Wednesday, August 21, 2013, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Where: The Gallup Building, 901 F Street NW, Washington, D.C. (Please use entrance on 9th Street)

Who: Scheduled to attend the event are:
- Dr. Connie Rath, Ed. D., Gallup Vice Chair and Dean of Gallup Education
- Dr. Shane J. Lopez, Ph.D., Gallup Senior Scientist, one of the world’s leading researchers on hope
- Dr. Joshua P. Starr, superintendent, Montgomery County Public Schools
- The Most Hopeful Teacher in America, from Montgomery County Public Schools

Contact: Media interested in attending Wednesday’s event can contact:
- Dana Tofig, MCPS, (301) 279-3853, 
- Lauren S. Kannry, Gallup, (202) 715-3050,

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