GIVING STUDENTS A REASON TO ACHIEVE
Achievement Counts is reaching tens of thousands of students many times throughout middle and high school to help inform their decisions and motivate them to excel in school.
- Informs students of the realities of life in the “real world” and what they need to succeed in it
- Engages students in exploring exciting career opportunities
- Motivates students to take rigorous courses, achieve at high levels and begin planning their futures
- Inspires students to pursue their dreams
Each strategic and interwoven component of Achievement Counts – Maryland Scholars, Speakers Bureau, Teen Web, and Parents Count – was designed to provide students with strong messages that are delivered early, often, and by many.
MBRT’s Achievement Counts campaign includes:
Maryland Scholars – (8th through 12th grade)
Letting Students Know That Choices Matter, Courses Matter
Encourages middle and high school students to make good decisions about coursework that will prepare them to succeed in college or the workplace. Business volunteers provide students with compelling information about how completing rigorous courses in high school will translate into broader opportunities in their personal and professional lives.
Speakers Bureau – (8th/9th grade)
Showing Students That Hard Work in School Pays Off in Life
Motivates high school freshmen to take learning seriously and begin planning their futures. More than 3,000 volunteers show students the connection between what they’re learning in school and life in the real world, and provide them with concrete reasons why working hard in high school will enable them to get and keep the jobs they want.
College Access – (8th grade)
MBRT, in partnership with the Maryland Higher Education Commission, is working to increase the number of middle school students aware of the interconnectedness of academic preparation, college coursework, and careers goals, and who take action to become college-/career-ready.
The College Access program is an opportunity to reach students earlier to deliver this very important message.
BeWhatIWantToBe (6th through 12th grade)
Engaging Students in Career Exploration and Academic Preparation
Sustains our conversation with students and inspires them to move from interest to action. This dynamic, interactive website – designed for and with teens – allows students to explore exciting career options and take next-step actions, engaging students of many ages in an ongoing quest to create their future.
Parents Count – (Birth through 12th grade)
Helping Parents Help Their Children Succeed in School
Arms parents with effective strategies to help their children succeed in school. Through monthly emails, newsletters, and a website, Parents Count provides valuable information on a variety of topics, each customized for parents of infants & toddlers, elementary school children, and middle and high school teens.
STEM Specialists in the Classroom – (Educators in STEM disciplines)
MBRT created STEM Specialists in the Classroom in 2011 with the help of MSDE, IBM and educators in Baltimore and Harford Counties. The programs is designed to augment classroom instruction, demonstrate a specific subject’s relevance in the workplace, and inspire students to pursue STEM careers.
JUMP ON THE BANDWAGON!
We encourage you to join in our efforts. Consider …
- establishing a transcript policy at your workplace
- proposing to a business organization with which you are affiliated that they endorse the campaign
- volunteering to join our Speakers Bureau which will make presentations to Maryland 9th graders
- volunteering to speak to Maryland students in our Maryland Scholars program
- enrolling to receive our Parents Count monthly messages
To view a list of other involved businesses, click here
Achievement Counts Partners:
see list here
Achievement Counts Funders:
see list here