In 2008, Baltimore Curriculum Project (BCP) first convened local and national experts to engage on issues affecting Baltimore City students. Called Leading Minds: Challenging Conversations on Public Education, the annual symposia challenges conventional wisdom through hard conversations that consider the complexity of education policy and prioritize lasting solutions over quick fixes. 

The 2024 Leading Minds event takes on a growing crisis in American education – social media’s effect on student mental health.

Join us for this year’s event, free and open to the public:

Leading Minds Symposium: Exploring the Impact of Social Media on Students’ Mental Health and Academic Outcomes

Friday, January 26, 2024 

Pimlico Elementary/Middle School
4849 Pimlico Road, Baltimore, MD 21215


Jayne Miller, chief investigative reporter, 11 Investigates I-Team, WBALTV11.


  • Joshua Civin, Chief Legal Officer, Baltimore City Public Schools
  • Mike Lucas, Assistant Principal, Hampstead Hill Academy (HHA)
  • Aria Cannizzaro, HHA 8th grade student
  • Lachond Carter, licensed Clinical Social Worker, Frederick Elementary


7:30-8:00 AM  Breakfast
8:00-8:15 AM  Brenda Kahn Award
8:15-10:45 AM   Leading Minds Symposium

From 11 AM until 3 PM, the program is BCP-wide professional development sessions, created by BCP educators. The goal is to connect to the Leading Minds’ 2024 theme, focusing on topics such as:

  • Cognitive development at various ages/grades
  • Current trends in adolescent mental health diagnoses and implications for the classroom
  • How artificial intelligence (AI) may impact content knowledge acquisition
  • Scope and impact of cyber-bullying
  • Leveraging the benefits of students’ social media engagement in planning for instruction. 

To attend Leading Minds, please contact Brianna Kaufman, BCP Director of Operations, at

About the Baltimore Curriculum Project

Baltimore Curriculum Project (BCP) is the largest operator of local neighborhood, public charter schools in Maryland. We create safe, supportive learning environments for children PK-8 by providing innovative, research-based educational strategies, intensive teacher training and extensive support for administration and staff. We support our local neighborhood needs by tailoring our resources and support through community partnerships.

As one of the longest-running charter operators in Maryland, our schools are regularly recognized as some of the most highly acclaimed neighborhood charter schools in the state. 

Pimlico Elementary / Middle School

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