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Prince George’s officials want community members to start spreading the good news of school success stories.

Parents, teachers, PTA members, business leaders and others will have an opportunity to share and learn what other schools are doing during an educational summit being held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Greenbelt Middle School.

Tuesday marks the first “Sharing and Showcasing Education Excellence and Innovation in Prince George’s County” summit, said Aimee Olivo, chairwoman of the Prince George’s County Commission for Education Excellence.

The Commission for Education Excellence was created by County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) to advise his administration on education policy.

“We’re inviting groups to come tell and share with us all of the great things going on in Prince George’s County schools,” Olivo said.

Olivo said the idea for the summit came from Prince George’s County Public Schools CEO Kevin Maxwell’s transition team’s report, which stated there were “islands of excellence” at schools throughout the county, but little was done to publicize the county’s success stories.

“The question became, how can we not only have these islands of excellence throughout the county, but how can we lift them up and improve upon them?” Olivo said.

The event will begin with a panel discussion including Maxwell, Baker and school board chairman Segun Eubanks, followed by roundtable discussions between participants.

Olivo said the event will be a great opportunity for participants not just to talk about their schools’ successes, but to learn from other schools and to network.

“We want anyone who is doing anything exciting or innovative in education in Prince George’s County to attend,” Olivo said.

Earnest Moore, president of the Prince George’s PTA Council, said the event will be a great opportunity for groups to share information.

“We’re definitely encouraging parents to come out and share information, and definitely come with questions as well,” Moore said. “But we’re also encouraging businesses to come out and learn a little more about our schools.”

For more information, email Olivo at aimeeolivo@gmail.com.

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