Education Digest

At-large members sought for education advisory committee

The Citizens Advisory Committee to the Board of Education is seeking at-large members for the 2003-2004 school year. The group of citizens and representatives from local PTAs serves in an advisory capacity to the elected school board.


The CAC sponsors educational programming for members and provides them with the opportunity to study and provide input into curriculum, education policy, redistricting and budgets. The committee generally meets at 7:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month in the boardroom at the Department of Education in Ellicott City. At-large members serve a two-year term.

Information: 410-313-6682.


10 county seniors awarded scholarships by foundation

The Columbia Foundation has awarded 10 scholarships to Howard County high school seniors.

Joy Wan of Howard High School is the winner of the new Ascend One Corp. scholarship for pursuit of a career in computer science, finance or a related field.

Winners of the John C. Clegg memorial book scholarship for longtime Columbia swim team members entering college are Jenny Prosen, Seton Keough High School; Rebecca Ann Pearl, Hammond High School; Demitrius R. McHugh, Long Reach High School; Laura Allen, Atholton High School; Lauranne Lanz, Oakland Mills High School; and Erica Pearson, Howard High School.

Juanjie "Joyce" Shen of Wilde Lake High School is winner of the Robert J. Gaw Memorial Scholarship, which recognizes a student who shows passion about her or his career plans or interests.

Howard Fales is the winner of the Stillman Scholarship, awarded to an Atholton High School student. Michael Barron of River Hill High School is the recipient of the Stephanie Russel Memorial Scholarship.

The Columbia Foundation distributes funds to community nonprofits and supports human services, arts, culture and education in Columbia.

Museum of Ceramic Art seeks assistant to director


The Baltimore-based Museum of Ceramic Art seeks applicants with some training in art, teaching and computer experience for a position as part-time assistant to the director. Experience in ceramic arts is preferred.

The museum's program, which is funded through grants, teaches ceramic arts to more than 6,000 children in 32 schools in the city and in Baltimore County.

During the past school year, students completed a ceramic mural tracing the history of Canton's waterfront and produced a mural in a pavilion in the Inner Harbor. The museum would like to expand its program into other Maryland counties. The assistant's duties will include visiting schools, working with about 20 art teachers and helping with lesson plans, seeking public places for exhibiting student art, helping to coordinate events and developing ideas for student work.

The assistant will also arrange teacher workshops, order supplies, provide support to teachers and report to them about monthly after-school meetings. Some bookkeeping and searching for funding sources will also be part of the job.

Applicants should submit a resume.

Information: 410-764-1042.


Advocacy training sessions on learning disabilities set

The Learning Disabilities Association of Maryland will conduct two advocacy training sessions. Titled "You Are Your Child's Best Advocate," the sessions will be held at 7 p.m. Aug. 19 at the Howard County Mental Health Authority, 4785 Dorsey Hall Drive, Suite 111, Ellicott City.

Information on special education law will be included. Registration is required.

Information: 301-725-9755.