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All Children’s Guild Alliance’s schools are currently providing virtual learning with some students receiving support and services on campus at our schools in Baltimore, Prince George’s County, and Washington, DC. Virtual/hybrid learning is in effect at our AACPS Monarch Academy schools. Our headquarters staff is working remotely and maintaining regular operating hours.

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Monarch Academy Schools Hold Virtual Open Houses for 2021-22 School Enrollment

Monarch Academy Annapolis, Monarch Academy Glen Burnie, and Monarch Global Academy Laurel will hold virtual open houses through spring for interested families. All three Monarch Academy schools are charter or contract schools with Anne Arundel County Public Schools.

Monarch Academy Annapolis is a primary performing visual arts school and follows the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme, which challenges students to think critically and take responsibility for their learning as they explore local and global issues.

Among the school’s offerings, classrooms partner with teachers in Central and South America to teach Spanish language and culture. In addition, the school exclusively offers Canopy, a course that provides students the opportunity to learn, and practice social-emotional skills utilizing an arts-integrated approach.

The school also offers the eSchool @ Monarch Academy Annapolis, a blended distance learning permanent program option for pre-K through fifth grade students. Instruction is 80% virtual and up to 20% in-classroom and provides the same rigorous programs and services. The eSchool will continue even after Anne Arundel County Public Schools opens for hybrid or fully in-person learning. Additionally, the school hosts Transformation Theatre Company summer camp for Anne Arundel County students in third through eighth grades. The camp runs from July 5 to Aug. 13.

The school is located at 2000 Capital Drive in Annapolis is open to all Anne Arundel County students entering prekindergarten through fifth grade.

Monarch Academy Annapolis will offer open houses on:

  • Monday, March 22, at 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 17, at 1 p.m.

Monarch Academy Glen Burnie offers students expeditionary learning, which emphasizes high achievement through active learning, character growth and teamwork. At Monarch Academy, students spend much of their time engaged in learning expeditions and in-depth studies of topics that engage students in comprehensive research of a subject, hands-on learning experiences and projects that address audiences in the community.

The school is located at 6730 Baymeadow Drive in Glen Burnie and is open to all Anne Arundel County students entering kindergarten through eighth grade in the fall of 2021.

Monarch Academy Glen Burnie will offer open houses on:

  • Tuesday, March 16, at 6 p.m.

Monarch Global Academy Laurel also offers an International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme and project-based learning. At Monarch Global Academy Laurel, students gain a perspective on their impact and contribution to the world by spending much of their time engaged in units of inquiry and in-depth studies.

The school this year divided students into four virtual houses with related virtual activities and pep rallies to encourage them and build community during virtual learning. The house system was inspired by The Ron Clark Academy, a widely recognized nonprofit middle school in Atlanta, Georgia.

Monarch Global Academy Laurel is located at 430 Brock Bridge Road in Laurel and is open to all students entering kindergarten through eighth grade in the fall of 2021 and who live in the Brock Bridge, Maryland City, and Jessup elementary schools attendance boundaries.

Monarch Global Academy Laurel will offer open houses:

  • Thursday, March 18, at 10 a.m.
  • Monday, March 29, at 6:30 p.m.

To register for an open house, apply, for more information on admissions, visit MonarchAcademy.org.

 

Monarch Academy Annapolis Event Honored Martin Luther King, Jr.

Monarch Academy Annapolis hosted “I am… A Tribute Honoring the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,” a virtual event celebrating King’s life, contributions and legacy. At the event, three creative presentations showcased King’s youth, activism, and dream for the nation.

At the event, Monarch Academy Annapolis student Life presented “I am Young Martin,” community member William Rowell  presented “I am MLK, Civil Rights Activist,” and The Children’s Guild Alliance’s Director of Admissions Brandon Turner presented “I am MLK, The Dreamer.”

Monarch Academy Annapolis is open to students who reside in Anne Arundel County from pre-kindergarten through fifth grade.

Located at 2000 Capital Drive in Annapolis, Monarch Academy Annapolis is a primary performing visual arts school and follows the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme, which challenges students to think critically, and take responsibility for their learning as they explore local, and global issues.

Let your child soar at Monarch, learn about admissions and apply now.

2020 Kids First National Conference to Address the Needs of the Whole Child During COVID-19

The Children’s Guild Alliance in collaboration with Towson University’s department of special education will present the inaugural Kids First National Conference on Oct. 26 and 27, 2020, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. EDT each day. The virtual conference will equip educators, child-serving professionals and families with strategies to support and engage children during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As we grapple with how to deliver education and care for our children and families in a COVID-19 world, we must rethink how we do our work and transform the way America cares for and educates its children,” said Andrew Ross, president and CEO of The Children’s Guild Alliance. “This year demands transformation and innovation, our focus at the Kids First National Conference, where we’ll present strategies that address the needs of the whole child.”

The conference will feature child and educational experts, including the keynote speakers:

  • Robert Jackson will present “Power of the Educator: Becoming Culturally Aware of Staff and Students.” Jackson received the 2019 Motivational Educator of the Year Award and has written six books, including his latest book, “Becoming the Educator They Need: Strategies, Mindsets and Beliefs for Supporting Male Black and Latino Students,” released last year. An expert in teaching cultural diversity, restorative practices, socio-emotional learning and retaining troubled students in school, he delivers keynote addresses and workshops across the country.
  • Joe Sanfelippo will present “Hacking Leadership: Ways Great Leaders Inspire Learning That Teachers, Students, and Parents Love.” Sanfelippo is the superintendent of the Fall Creek School District in Fall Creek, Wisconsin, which was named an Innovative District in 2016 and 2017 by the International Center for Leadership in Education. He co-authored “The Power of Branding: Telling Your School’s Story,” “Principal Professional Development: Leading Learning in a Digital Age,” and “Hacking Leadership: 10 Ways Great Leaders Inspire Learning That Teachers, Students, and Parents Love.”

Other speakers include career child advocate Frank Kros, Stephen F. Austin State University Assistant Professor Jim Ewing, veteran administrator and author Shauna King and educator Steve Parese.

The conference will offer 150 workshops and panels to address challenges, innovations and transformation strategies in serving the whole child. Interactive sessions will cover topics on leadership; education; juvenile justice; mental health; and family, children and adolescent issues. Networking events and opportunity to review sessions on demand will also be offered.

In addition, The Children’s Guild Alliance will host a preconference from Oct. 18 to 25 with workshops and keynote presentations about innovation and transformation. Speakers come from organizations including The Children’s Guild Alliance, Zoom, Four Rivers Media, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools and Oral Roberts University.

Participants who register for the conference’s Leadership Track will join other leaders and sessions will present innovative ideas and promote reflection to help participants move their organizations forward in both the COVID-19 and post-COVID-19 landscapes. Leadership Track participants will develop a work plan to drive transformation in their organizations, schools, districts, communities, states or nationally. Leaders will gain insight and ideas from outside of their fields, generating solutions from multiple perspectives.

Conference participants will receive a certificate of attendance and Category I social work continuing education units. For more information and registration, visit KidsFirstConference.org.

The Children’s Guild Alliance Holds Foster Care Information Sessions

The Children’s Guild’s Family Life Education Treatment Foster Care program will hold online information sessions for prospective foster parents on Wednesday, Aug. 19, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 29, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Children’s Guild is recruiting foster parents for children who have experienced trauma or other challenges. Treatment foster care is a treatment-oriented approach to caring for a child with special needs.

“Even during these challenging times, The Children’s Guild and our licensed foster parents can offer children in foster care the guidance, stability and love that are so essential for becoming successful adults,” said Terry M. Baisden, Family Life Education director for The Children’s Guild. “We greatly appreciate and recognize all that foster parents do to help change a lifetime for a child in need.”

The information sessions offer an introduction to becoming foster parents and are open to anyone interested in the fostering process. The sessions address the requirements for becoming a foster parent including home assessment, major clearances and required documentation as well as home study and preservice training. Attending an information session constitutes the first phase of The Children’s Guild Treatment Foster Care preservice training and preparation.

The Children’s Guild Alliance offers the second phase of preservice training in the form of P.R.I.D.E. (Parent Resources for Information Development and Education) Foster Parent Training with the next training starting online in September.

To attend an information session, register online at ChildrensGuild.org/TFC. For more information, visit ChildrensGuild.org/TFC, call 410.444.3804, ext. 1297, or email tfc@childrensguild.org

The Children’s Guild Alliance is a nonprofit organization serving children, families and child-serving organizations and is dedicated to transforming how America educates and cares for its children through education, behavioral health and national training and consultation services. Affiliates of The Children’s Guild Alliance include The Children’s Guild, Monarch Academy public charter and contract schools, Monarch Preschool College Park, Tranzed Academy for Working Students (TAWS), TranZed Apprenticeships, The Children’s Guild DC Public Charter School, Transformation Education Institute and The National Children’s Guild Fund. Additionally, The Children’s Guild Alliance presents the Kids First National Conference.

Monarch Academy Annapolis Holds Virtual Open House on June 24 and Launches Full-year Distance Learning Option

Monarch Academy Annapolisa public contract school with Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS), will hold a virtual open house for families interested in enrolling in the school on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The school is open to students who live in the Annapolis cluster entering kindergarten through fifth grade in the fall of 2020. Bus transportation is provided from established stops.

Located at 2000 Capital Drive in Annapolis, Monarch Academy Annapolis is a primary performing visual arts school and follows the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme, which challenges students to think critically and take responsibility for their learning as they explore local and global issues.

AACPS, our authorizer, has approved Monarch Academy Annapolis to launch a blended distance learning option starting in the 2020-21 school year and continuing as a permanent program for kindergarten through fifth grade students who enroll at Monarch Academy Annapolis. The new eSchool @ Monarch Academy Annapolis will be an 80% virtual and up to 20% in-classroom learning model and provide the same highly regarded and rigorous programs and services in a blended distance learning environment.

Registration is now open on first-come, first serve basis, for the new eSchool option.

“We learned with the COVID-19 school closures, that some students truly excelled and thrived in a distance learning model and we are proud to offer our new eSchool option as a permanent program at Monarch Academy Annapolis”, said Kathy Lane, chief of educational services for The Children’s Guild Alliance, which operates Monarch Academy Annapolis. “This is an opportunity to transform the way America cares for and educates its youth. This innovative option for families in the Annapolis area provides a new, parallel approach to our academic programming rooted in International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme, arts integration and social emotional skill building.”

Monarch Academy Annapolis offers new facilities, creative-learning environments, an outdoor classroom and activity areas. In addition, before- and after-school clubs focus on science, technology, engineering, math and the arts. For students enrolled in eSchool, and while all students engage in distance learning, the school provides Chromebooks and Wi-Fi hotspots to all enrolled students.

Additionally, students who apply for the 2020-21 school year are eligible to attend the school’s Transformation Theatre Company, a performing arts summer camp.

To attend the virtual open house or apply to the existing or eSchool program, visit MonarchAcademy.org/Annapolis/admissions/. For more information, call 443.678.3407 or email info@monarchacademyannapolis.org.

Monarch Academy Annapolis Holds Virtual Open House on May 27, 2020

Monarch Academy Annapolis, a public contract school with Anne Arundel County Public Schools, will hold a virtual open house for families interested in the school on Wednesday, May 27 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. The school is open to students who live in Annapolis entering kindergarten through fifth grade in the fall of 2020. Bus transportation is provided from established stops.

Located at 2000 Capital Drive in Annapolis, Monarch Academy Annapolis is a primary performing visual arts school and follows the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme, which challenges students to think critically and take responsibility for their learning as they explore local and global issues.

The school offers new facilities, creative-learning environments, an outdoor classroom and activity areas. In addition, before- and after-school clubs focus on science, technology, engineering, math and the arts.

The school offers Chromebooks and WiFi hotspots to attending students during distance learning. Additionally, students who apply for the Fall 2020 are eligible to attend Monarch Academy Annapolis’s Transformation Theatre Company, a premiere performing arts summer camp.

For more information, visit MonarchAcademy.org/Annapolis, call 443.678.3407, or email info@monarchacademyannapolis.org.