TCOE provides support to individuals and families for various support areas related to the Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) and Howard County. Guidance and direction regarding interpretation of the policies and procedures is provided.
This committee supports the mechanisms used by TCOE for social connectedness including social media, website and other required communications.
COMMUNITY ACADEMY COMMITTEE
The Council of Elders (TCOE) of the Black Community has always been involved in educating the community. In 2008, TCOE formed a program named the Black Student Family and CommUNITY Network (BSFCN) to provide resources to our Black families in Howard County. See the October 2007 memo to the Board of Education and the September 2008 memo from former Superintendent Cousin. We know that educating our community is key to us moving forward as parents, students and the community.
In conjunction with the HCPSS and other community organizations, we will provide information to the community on various topics.
The sessions are conducted 4 times/years at Oakland Mills Middle School. The following topics have been covered:
– Various HCPSS Policies and Procedures including Bullying and the Parent Concern Process
– Curriculum Education
– Navigating the HCPSS
– Healthy and Unhealthy Relationships, offering sessions for students and parents
– Substance Abuse (including discussions about opioids, vaping and alcoholism)
– Responsible Use of Social Media (includes various applications used, human trafficking and dating dangers)
Our Education Committee is the main committee for majority of TCOE efforts. There are two celebrations that are supported by the organization:
• Celebration of Achievement
• Celebration of Excellence
HISTORY AND CULTURE COMMITTEE
This committee focuses on providing educational supports about the African experience.
MEMBERSHIP / MEMBER CARE COMMITTEE
This committee focuses on recruiting resources for TCOE and is in charge of managing membership.
The Council of Elders of the Black Community of Howard County, MD takes great pride in advocating for the positive growth and development of the Black Community through its activities, programs, and partnerships.
If you like what we do and you are able to volunteer your time and talents to support the mission, goals, and objectives of TCOE, support and attend our events and member meetings, and actively participate in leadership for the positive growth and development of the Black Community of Howard County and want to become part of our organization we welcome you to join us by becoming a member.
This committee focuses on raising money for TCOE.