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News Release: PGCPS Ranks in Top 10% of School Districts for Whole-Child Education

June 24, 2024

For Immediate Release

Office of Communications

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UPPER MARLBORO, MD – Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) has received the EVERFI Empowered Seal for the third consecutive year. Awarded to only 10% of U.S. school districts, the seal recognizes exemplary commitment to financial literacy, social-emotional learning, wellness and career education through EVERFI’s digital programs.

"Holistic learning that extends beyond traditional subjects is critical to drive positive change, overcome generational challenges and prepare students for the diverse opportunities of the future,” said Superintendent Millard House II. "We are honored to receive this recognition for a third year." 

EVERFI’s educational resources equip students with essential skills and knowledge critical for success in today’s world. Integrated into the curriculum, the EVERFI Financial Literacy model allows students to earn certifications in banking, credit, insurance, paychecks, taxes, and budgeting. In 2023 and 2024 combined, more than 5,000 students achieved these certifications, demonstrating proficiency in managing real-world financial challenges.

"The impact of financial education is life-changing and allows students to gain a comprehensive understanding of how money functions in the real world, setting them on a path toward successful financial futures,” said PGCPS Financial Education and Empowerment Coordinator Susan D. Bistransin. “Students in the PGCPS Class of 2024 were the first to graduate with a personal finance course, which became a graduation requirement in 2020. We need this mandate for the entire state!”

In addition to financial literacy, PGCPS prioritizes the social-emotional learning of students, faculty and staff. Students have access to mental health clinicians who provide early interventions, emotional support and crisis management. 

Additionally, through academic and university partnerships with the University of Maryland, College Park, Mt. Holyoke College, St. Elizabeth University, and the National Network of State Teachers of the Year (NNSTOY), PGCPS continues to train its teachers and leaders in social-emotional learning. In a recent culture and climate survey, 75% of teachers surveyed indicated that they feel confident in leading social-emotional learning lessons for students; and 63% of the teachers were confident in their ability to deliver trauma-sensitive strategies.

To view the full list of recipients of the 2024 EVERFI Empowered Seal, visit