The Department of Instruction provides leadership support, direction, and resources in the areas of curriculum, instruction, and assessment to create a climate of success for all learners.
The DOI staff members' role is to support the efforts of the local school staff in achieving the School Board Goals and in meeting the state and federal requirements. The department includes administrators who oversee all areas of the curriculum, monitor the quality of the leadership and management of local schools, perform personnel and program evaluations, manage the student assessment program, provide ongoing professional development and training related to the instructional program and leadership skills, provide special focus on teachers new to the profession and aspiring administrators, and provide outreach functions to engage parents and the community.
The major themes for the upcoming years are eliminating the achievement gap and achieving equity between groups of students identified in the No Child Left Behind Act, infusing 21st Century Skills into the standards-based curriculum, and joining the national emphasis on encouraging student interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) programs leading to future careers. The administrators in the Department of Instruction have been selected for their leadership skills and their knowledge of research-based, best practices in their areas of responsibility. The department staff engages in ongoing assessment of their effectiveness through review of student achievement data and surveys of "customers" (administrators and teachers) in the local schools.
The challenges for the Department of Instruction include maintaining the quality of our current instructional programs in the face of reduced funding. Creativity and innovative thinking have enabled staff to re-deploy staff and resources in order to continue to offer LCPS students a high-quality educational experience in grades pre-kindergarten through grade 12.
More detailed descriptions of each division and office in the Department of Instruction are contained within this web site.