Advanced Academic Programs Advisory Committee

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School Board Liaison

Tammy Derenak Kaufax, Lee District Representative

Staff Liaison 

Kirsten Maloney, K-12 Program Coordinator, Department of Instructional Services

Committee Purpose

Va. Code §22.1-18.1—Each school board may appoint, in accordance with the regulations of the Board of Education, a local advisory committee on gifted education. The local advisory committee on gifted education shall annually review the local plan for the education of gifted students, including revisions, and determine the extent to which the plan for the previous year was implemented.

2017-18 Committee Charge

The FCPS Young Scholars model is one FCPS strategy within the Access to Rigor driver of the Closing the Achievement Gap Framework. The Young Scholars Model is comprise of four interdependent components – Committed Professionals, Find/Identify, Nurture/Guide/Support, and Essential Elements. AAPAC will study and review best practices for ensuring equitable access to advanced opportunities in order to make recommendations for strengthening the impact of the K-12 Young Scholars model.

Meeting Dates

The following is the upcoming Advanced Academics Program Advisory Committee meeting schedule. Unless otherwise noted, all meetings will be held at the Alan Leis Center, 7423 Camp Alger Ave, Falls Church, VA 22042 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Meeting Date Location Minutes
October 2, 2017 Leis, Room 106  
November 13, 2017 Leis, Room 109  
December 4, 2017 Leis, Room 109  
January 8, 2018 Leis, Room 109  
February 5, 2018 Leis, Room 109  
March 5, 2018 Leis, Room 109  
April 9, 2018 Leis, Room 109  
May 7, 2018 Leis, Room 109  

2017-2018 Membership

The Advanced Academic Programs Advisory Committee consists of members representing School Board members, a student representative, and members nominated by community organizations and school administration. The committee meets once a month, generally on the first Monday of each month, at 10:30 a.m. at the Alan Leis Center.  For more information, individuals may call Kirsten Maloney, the staff liaison, at 571-423-4743.

Committee Members

Beth English, Hunter Mill District
Chao Wei, At Large - McElveen
TBD, At Large – Moon          
TBD, At Large - Keys-Gamarra
Brian Walch, Braddock District
Carrie Feord, Dranesville District
Wendy Kaynor, Lee District               
Charles Njoku, Mason District
TBD, Mount Vernon District
Faye Wagoner, Providence District  
TBD, Springfield District       
TBD, Sully District                  
Angie Sohn, Student Representative           
TBD, American Association of University Women
Kirsten Maloney, Coordinator, Advanced Academic Programs
Karen Via, Fairfax City School Board
TBD, Fairfax County Association for the Gifted
TBD, Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce
Terri Radziewski, Fairfax County Council of PTAs
TBD, Fairfax County Federation of Citizens Associations
TBD, Human Relations Advisory Committee
Samaine Lockwood, League of Women Voters
Patricia Edwards, Teacher, Elementary
TBD, Teacher, Middle School
Sara Veinbergs, Teacher, High School
Cecelia Vanderhye, Principal, Elementary
TBD, Principal, Middle School
Greg Hood, Principal, High School
Keri Guilbault, University Representative

2016-17 Advanced Academic Program Committee Information

View the 2016-17 Annual Report