The vision of the Instructional Services Department (ISD) is to lead the development of innovative curriculum and instructional programs for Fairfax County Public Schools in collaboration with local, national, and international experts. Instructional Services will use current research-based best practices to guide instruction that is customized for all students providing equal opportunity so that all students can reach their full potential and be successful, productive citizens in the 21st century.
The Instructional Services Department is organized into five offices to provide support and services for FCPS students, parents and schools.
The Office of Language Acquisition and Title I provide instructional leadership for all Fairfax County Public Schools. The office is also responsible for PreK-12 English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), the Transitional ESOL High School program, Adult ESOL, Title I, and World Languages.
The Office of Operations and Strategic Planning (OSP) ensures that Instructional Services Department programs and services are supported through finance, administrative, logistics, and technology support. Operations and Strategic Planning services also include web development, library operations, and financial management and program support.
The Office of PreK-12 Curriculum and Instruction provides instructional leadership for all Fairfax County Public Schools. The office is also responsible for the PreK-12 programs in the areas of advanced academics, school counseling, mathematics, language arts, science, social studies, online campus, and school support.
The Office of Professional and Life Skills provides middle and high school students a variety of comprehensive course offerings through Career and Technical Education programs. These instructional programs, coupled with opportunities for industry certifications help students best prepare for postsecondary coursework or future careers. This office is also responsible for Fine Arts, Instructional Technology Education, and Health, Physical Education, and Driver Education.
The FCPS School Board establishes performance expectations for both academics, in the form of student achievement goals, and operations, in the form of operational expectations. The ISD Assistant Superintendent and staff are empowered to develop strategies to achieve both the specified student achievement goal and the operational expectations.
As part of the Fairfax County School Board's process of strategic governance, Instructional Services sets and meets their goals through the programs and services documented at Program Profiles.
The Operational Expectations monitoring report demonstrates the accomplishments in relation to the School Board’s expectations.
Rebecca J. Tenally