Special Education Enhancement Planning Process

Steps in the process and timeline for developing a special education enhancement plan

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is developing a Special Education Enhancement Plan that will enhance outcomes for students with disabilities and support the goals in the Division Strategic Plan.

In response to a request from the School Board, an external review of FCPS’ special education program was conducted by the American Institute for Research (AIR) which began December 2020 with the final report being presented at the October 4, 2022 School Board Work Session.

AIR was charged with four (4) goals:

  1. Evaluate the system’s design, structure, and established processes
  2. Evaluate the adequacy of human capital resources
  3. Analyze the alignment of services with evidence-based practices
  4. Evaluate the effectiveness of communication with stakeholders

Utilizing data from AIR’s special education report, in conjunction with other objective data sources, FCPS will partner with students, staff, parents/guardians, and content experts to develop a comprehensive special education enhancement plan to be completed by May 2023. Plan execution will begin in June 2023.

Pie chart with 4 equal sized slices containing one of each of the four focus areas surrounding center circle with "Increased Student Outcomes"
The special education enhancement plan will center on four (4) focus areas: instructional delivery, special education processes, communication, and staff capacity, all of which are aimed at increasing student outcomes.

Focus Areas

The Special Education Enhancement Plan will center on the following four (4) focus areas:

  1. Instructional Delivery
  2. Special Education Processes
  3. Communication
  4. Staff Capacity
     

Timeline

  • Phase I: Engage
    Fall 2021 - December 9, 2022
  • Phase II: Focus
    December 12, 2022 - May 26, 2023
  • Phase III: Execute
    June 1, 2023 - July 31, 2026

View the detailed Special Education Enhancement Plan Schedule
 

Planning Teams

Hands interlocked on armsUnder the direction of the Division Superintendent, the Chief Academic Officer and Assistant Superintendent for Special Services will serve as project sponsors and provide support for the Steering Committee. They will meet regularly with the Implementation Team Co-Chairs and Project Managers to foster the development of a comprehensive plan. 

In addition to those who serve on the School Board, Steering Committee or Implementation Teams, there will be multiple opportunities for stakeholders, both internal and external to the organization, to receive updates and provide feedback on the plan development.

Steering Committee
Internal and external stakeholders with diverse representation (e.g. school level, region, disability, etc.).

Steering Committee: Roles and Responsibilities

  • Represents their constituency group (e.g. advisory committee, principal association, teacher association) and provides updates to their respective group throughout the development of the plan
  • Develops the special education mission, vision, core values, goals, and strategic objectives  
  • Provides feedback on implementation plans
  • Commits to participating in approximately six (6), 2-hour meetings between November 2022 and May 2023 and completing pre-meeting work outside of scheduled meetings

Steering Committee: Meeting Schedule

Date Time Location

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Zoom - Virtual

Wednesday, December 7, 2022

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Zoom - Virtual

Monday, December 12, 2022

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Zoom - Virtual

Wednesday, January 4, 2023

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Zoom - Virtual

Monday, January 9, 2023

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Zoom - Virtual

Wednesday, February 22, 2023

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Zoom - Virtual

Monday, April 10, 2023

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Zoom - Virtual

Wednesday, April 26, 2023

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Zoom - Virtual

Implementation Teams
Multi-disciplinary team of FCPS staff with diverse content expertise.

Implementation Team: Roles and Responsibilities

  • Represents their respective department by serving as a liaison between their department and the implementation team
  • Provides updates regarding the draft plan to their department, and facilitates the completion and support of tasks within their department
  • Develops implementation plans that outline actions to address the identified strategic objectives that support plan goals
  • Commits to prioritizing work on implementation plan development between November 2022 and May 2023

School Board Engagement

The School Board will receive updates regarding the draft plan and provide feedback on the draft during specified periods of the development process as outlined in the plan schedule.

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