FCPS Chief Equity Officer Responsibilities to Include Academic Oversight
Dear FCPS Colleagues,
Equity in education means having systems in place to ensure that every student has the opportunity to realize their full potential. Even in these challenging times, we must continue to try and understand the unique challenges and barriers that each of our students face, and we must work to remove them. We have done a great deal of work already across FCPS, including collaborating with schools to integrate a welcoming environment into School Improvement and Innovation Plans and revising Caring Culture outcomes in our Strategic Plan to monitor progress on respect and inclusion. We recognize that our academic priorities must align with our equity polices to ensure that each student has the opportunity for success in the classroom regardless of ability, ethnicity, gender identity, language, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, or zip code.
To that end, I am pleased to announce new responsibilities for the Chief Equity Officer to include direct supervision of the Instructional Services Department. All other current responsibilities will remain the same. The new title of Chief Equity and Academic Officer will ensure that our strategic plan goal of Student Success will be singularly focused on closing access, opportunity and achievement gaps for our students. The Chief Equity and Academic Officer will also continue to report directly to the Superintendent to provide guidance and counsel on equity issues that impact the division’s departments, schools and offices.
I want to thank Dr. Durán again for his leadership as our Chief Equity Officer. We wish him the best as the new Superintendent in Arlington. We have begun a national search for his replacement and I will announce our new Chief Equity and Academic Officer later this summer.
Best wishes to all of you as we wind up this school year. I will be in touch again soon.