Chief Academic and Equity Officer

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The mission of FCPS’ chief academic and equity officer is to oversee and guide the growth of over 188,000 students across 196 schools and centers with a focus on raising student achievement, eliminating achievement gaps, and supporting equitable opportunities for all students. including ensuring.  This office oversees the activities of the FCPS Family and Student Ombudsman and ensures an objective and equitable admissions process to Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. The chief academic and equity officer coordinates the development of curriculum and professional learning for staff and families and implements innovative efforts across instructional services and special services. This office also provides instructional leadership and support to Fairfax County Public Schools and ensures that all FCPS employees engage in professional learning that enhances skills and practices that inspire, enable, and empower students to learn.

  • The Instructional Services Department (ISD) drives student achievement by leading and guiding teaching and learning across the division. The Instructional Services Department uses current research-based best practices to guide instruction that is customized so that all students can reach their full potential and be successful, productive citizens after graduation.

  • The Department of Special Services provides a planned program of instructional, psychological, social, and related services to help schools meet the unique needs of identified students and their families. The department provides a network of support to staff members, students, and families that eliminate obstacles, facilitates instruction, and enables students to succeed as individuals within the learning environment. Through instructional leadership, curriculum development, program evaluation, professional development, and support for alternative, special education, and student services programs, the department ensures that all program areas in schools are fully supported and able to comply with fiscal, legal, and personnel requirements.

  • The Office of School Support improves the academic performance in all schools through a regional tiered deployment framework. The office focuses on five key drivers for school improvement and closing achievement gaps through a collaborative working relationship with the departments and offices of the Chief Academic and Equity Office and other FCPS departments to: build capacity of school staff and leadership to deliver and sustain high quality instruction; support schools as they implement innovative systems and learning opportunities; and facilitate collaboration to optimize collective efficacy and student achievement.

  • The Family and Student Ombudsman is an independent, confidential resource, assisting students, families, and community members by providing formal and informal assistance in seeking to resolve concerns, problems, complaints, and other student-related issues.  The Family and Student Ombudsman listens, reviews, and provides resources for information and referral; advocates neutrally for fairness, equity, inclusion, and consistency, and fosters positive working relationships among stakeholders.

  • The Office of Professional Learning and Family Engagement leads and provides dynamic professional development and family learning experiences that cultivate a community of learners where families, staff, and stakeholders partner to ensure students are inspired, engaged, and thriving.

  • Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology Admissions Office is responsible for administering an objective, equitable admissions process to the school, supporting its goal to serve a diverse student population demonstrating excellence and passion for science, technology, engineering, and math.