MEDIA ADVISORY: Superintendent Smith to Visit Northwest High School, Recipient of 'Schools of Opportunity' Award

September 15, 2016

What:       Northwest High School “Schools of Opportunity” banner presentation ceremony. Superintendent Jack R. Smith will visit Northwest High School this Friday to present Northwest with a ‘School of Opportunity’ banner.

When:      Friday, September 16, 2016 at 7:45 a.m.

Where:     Northwest High School, 13501 Richter Farm Road, Germantown, MD 20874

Who:        Dr. Jack R. Smith, superintendent, Montgomery County Public Schools

                  Jimmy D’ Andrea, principal, Northwest High School


  • Northwest HS was among 20 public high schools across the nation to receive the “School of Opportunity” award.
  • Northwest stood out to the award committee because of their innovative, school-based staff development.
  • The school has created a unique set of differentiated professional growth opportunities designed to address the needs of both novice and experienced staff.
  • To help each other succeed, mentors work with new and experienced staff to build upon teachers’ strengths and identify areas of growth.
  • Northwest has implemented a 20-member staff equity cohort that is engaged in ongoing professional development to examine biases and inequities in teachers’ beliefs and school policies and structures. These practices are consistent with Northwest’s goals to develop culturally proficient, equity-literate teacher leaders and increase rigorous educational opportunities for all students.  




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