Divisionwide Strategic Planning Process for 2022-23

Excellence, Equity, and Opportunity

Fairfax County Public Schools is developing a new strategic plan. We encourage you to join us in this important work that will help shape the school division’s future!

Executive Summary for Strategic Plan Engagement

In August 2022, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) began a journey to create a new strategic plan. This document explains the concerted efforts to reach as many people in the planning process as possible.

Charting Our Course 

What is a Strategic Plan?

Similar to a roadmap, a strategic plan clearly defines the best route for us to take in the years ahead to reach our goals. 

Why do we need a Strategic Plan?

Our students are preparing for careers that don’t exist today. In order to keep pace with these needs, we need to rethink our plans for the future - and how we will best serve our students for this new era. Read more on why a Strategic Plan is important.

Why should you participate?

Our new strategic plan can only be successful with participation from diverse voices within the Fairfax County community. Planning teams, forums, a feedback form and an upcoming survey are some of the ways families, employees, and community members can help define FCPS’ direction and purpose. Together, we can determine the goals and priorities that will help ensure a thriving future for every FCPS student.

How do you center equity, excellence, and opportunity in a school district? 

When we have equally high expectations for each and every one of our students, everyone benefits. In FCPS, we believe that excellence, equity, and access to opportunity are essential for achieving success in all aspects of life. Together, they foster growth, development and high achievement for each and every student, as they prepare for a world yet to be imagined.

What research is informing the framework and approach to develop the new strategic plan?

The following research and publications are informing the framework and approach that is being used to develop the Division’s new strategic plan:

Research and Publications

The following research and publications are informing the framework and approach that is being used to develop the Division’s new strategic plan:

  • National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. (2019) Monitoring educational equity. The National Academies Press.
  • Collins, J. (2001) Good to great: Why some companies make the leap and others don’t. HarperCollins Publishers.
  • Collins, J. & Porras, J. (1998). Built to last: Successful habits of visionary companies. HarperCollins Publishers. 
  • Danielson, C. (year). Enhancing professional practice: A framework for teaching (2nd edition). Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.
  • Fullan, M. (2015). Coherence: The right drivers in action for schools, districts, and systems. Corwin.
  • Hattie, J. (2015). What works best in education: The politics of collaborative expertise. Pearson.
  • Hattie, J. (2009). Visible learning: A synthesis of over 800 meta-analyses relating to achievement. Routledge.
  • Hattie, J. & Yates, G. (2013). Visible learning and the science of how we learn. Routledge.
  • Kaplan, R. & Norton, D. (1996) The balanced scorecard: Translating strategy into action. Harvard Business School Press.
  • Marzano, R. & Waters, T. (2009). District leadership that works: Striking the right balance. Solution Tree.
  • National Center on Education and the Economy. (2016). Nine building blocks for a world-class education system. National Center on Education and The Economy.
  • Partnership for the Future of Learning (2019). Community schools playbook. Partnership for the Future of Learning.


    Planning Phases

    The planning phase began in October 2022 and is scheduled to run through May 2023.

    • Phase 1: “Is Everyone Ready to Go?” [October-November]
    • Phase 2: “Where Are We Now?” [November-December]
    • Phase 3: “Where Are We Going Next? [December-February] 
    • Phase 4: “Is Everyone Still With Us? [December-February]
    • Phase 5: “How Are We Going to Get There?” [February-April]
    • Phase 6: “Have We Aligned Our Responses with the Plan?” [April-May]
    • Phase 7: “Do We Have the Support of Our Leaders and Policy Makers?” [May]


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