Beyer to assist students at Mace’s Lane Middle School and Cambridge-South Dorchester High School
BALTIMORE—March 6, 2018—Maryland Business Roundtable for Education (MBRT), a non-profit coalition of the state’s leading employers that is dedicated to supporting excellence and accountability in education, has hired Lisa Beyer to carry out Next Generation Scholars, an initiative established by the Maryland General Assembly (House Bill 1403), in Mace’s Lane Middle School and Cambridge-South Dorchester High School in Dorchester County.
“Our goal in education is to help our students become college and career ready, and it remains critical to provide all the necessary support to our school leadership, counselors, teachers and staff to carry out this important mission,” said Dr. James C. Bell, supervisor of Student Services in the central office of Dorchester County Public Schools. “Collaborating with Lisa and the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education team will help provide a true continuum of support while keeping the focus on the unique needs of our students and ensuring they’re prepared for their future.”
Beyer has been working directly with school leadership and counselors to raise awareness about Next Generation Scholars and the qualifications students must meet in order to be eligible to receive the Howard P. Rawlings Maryland Guaranteed Access Grant, administered by the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC). The Guaranteed Access Grant provides an award that will help cover the cost of full-time study at a Maryland college or university for low-income families.
In September 2017, the Maryland State Department of Education awarded $953,000 to MBRT, part of the state’s $4.7 million state grant program, to help enhance college and career awareness and college completion for high school students with a demonstrated financial need in Allegany, Caroline and Wicomico Counties. In January 2018, MBRT received an additional grant of $368,000 to add Kent and Dorchester Counties to its roster.
Coordinating with guidance counselors, teachers and school leadership, Beyer will meet one-on-one with students and conduct classroom presentations for 7th, 8th and 9th graders to mentor them and assess their college and career aspirations. Some of those presentations feature guest speakers from the Maryland Scholars Speakers Bureau program. She will also hold parent and community events to ensure all those involved with students’ education are aware of the grant and understand how they can support their scholars to achieve success.
Beyer earned her MA in Geography from the University of South Florida and an MA in Interdisciplinary Archaeological Studies from the University of Minnesota. She also holds a BA in Anthropology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a BA in Psychology and Communications from Western Michigan University. Previously, Beyer worked as admissions assistant at the Graduate School at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. While completing her master’s degree in Florida, Beyer was a teaching assistant and taught academic English writing skills to both undergraduate and foreign students at the college level. She also developed “Archaeology for Kids,” a public archaeology outreach program bringing immersive learning experiences to primary and secondary schools.
“I believe learning is a lifelong journey, and it’s important for students to be curious and open to learning while feeling confident they can succeed in the world,” said Beyer. “My role as a Next Generation Scholars coordinator is to ensure these students have the necessary tools and information to understand what is being asked of them so they can successfully work out problems they may encounter. Education is a safety net, a critical resource that enables people to reach their goals, and I’m very much looking forward to enfranchising students of Dorchester County.”
For more information about the Next Generation Scholars Program, visit www.mbrt.org/nextgen.
About Maryland Business Roundtable
Founded in 1992, the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education (MBRT) is a coalition of leading employers that have made a long-term commitment to support education reform and improve student achievement in Maryland. MBRT is the catalyst for business, government and education to drive high student achievement that ensures a competitive future workforce for a world-class economy. For more information, please visit http://www.mbrt.org/.