UPPER MARLBORO, MD –Prince George’s County Public Schools
(PGCPS) recently appointed Nora Illia Morales to fill the position of Officer
of Diversity, Latina/o Affairs. In this role, Morales will address the academic
and social needs of the diverse families served by the school district, with a
special focus on Latino children, parents, and communities.
community is the fastest-growing segment of our county’s population,” said Dr.
Kevin M. Maxwell, Chief Executive Officer. “Ms. Morales will partner with
county government, businesses, and organizations to expand our efforts to
support students and engage Latino families.”
Morales will also
review current diversity policies, procedures, and practices and develop new
initiatives, increase organizational awareness, and develop communication and
Prior to joining
PGCPS, Morales served five years as Vice-President of the Mid-Atlantic Equity
Consortium, Inc. (MAEC). In that capacity, she co-led strategic planning and
organizational development efforts, and expanded national, regional, state, and
local strategic partnerships. She also directed a 21st Century Community
Learning Center serving 100 students in Grades 6-8 at Thurgood Marshall Middle
School in Prince George’s County.
served MAEC as a Senior Education Equity Advisor and Maryland State Field
Coordinator for the Mid-Atlantic Equity Center, where she was a liaison between
the Center and the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) on a number of
policy-making and practitioner committees. Her work centered on delivering
technical assistance, training, and E-Learning opportunities to educators
statewide to create positive school climates, raise student achievement, build
socio-emotional learning, and increase family and community engagement. She
also contributed to the development of MSDE’s Early Childhood Family Engagement
Framework, Education That is Multicultural COMAR Regulations, and proposed ESOL
career serving bilingual students started in Southern California as a
first-grade teacher in the Compton Unified School District. She went on to
serve first-grade students at Long Beach Unified School District, and gifted
and talented students in the Los Angeles Unified School District.
career, she has taken on multiple roles, including bilingual family-school
coordinator, parent workshop trainer, and facilitator for parent leadership in
school PTAs. She is an active member of the Maryland ELL Family Involvement
Network (MELLFIN); MSDE’s Early Childhood Family Engagement Coalition,
Education That is Multicultural Network (ETMA), and English Language Learner
Task Force and Advisory Council; and the Montgomery County Latino Advocacy
Coalition (MCLAC). She continues to be an advisor to the United States Department of Education, providing guidance to the Office of Communications and
Office of Elementary and Secondary Education on issues related to English
learners, family and community engagement, Title I, Title III, and equity
policy and practices.
Morales earned a
Masters of Arts in Educational Policy and Leadership from the University of
Maryland, College Park, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a
minor in Latin American History from Tufts University.