1426 N Quincy St
Arlington, VA 22207
Thursday, June 30, 2016


Department of Instruction

Syphax Education Center
2110 Washington Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22204
The Department of Instruction provides leadership in the development of curriculum and the implementation and evaluation of the instructional program including the required content and skills which students must learn, alignment with national and state standards and legislation, appropriate professional development, international and national studies, and local school and community input. Staff works with schools on methods of assessing student learning, emphasizing a variety of approaches which include objective tests of knowledge and skills as well as more complex measures of students’ abilities to apply what they have learned. These efforts allow school staffs to focus more closely on the needs of the individual students. Staff also serves as liaisons to citizen advisory committees, part of the Advisory Council on Instruction (ACI) structure, and works with other citizens and family groups to support the instructional program.  In addition, the Department of Instruction is responsible for:
  • Implementing  recommended teaching methods, K-12, with an emphasis on teaching for understanding
  • Implementing new textbook (K-12) and electronic textbook (4-12) adoption
  • Developing appropriate intervention programs to accelerate student learning
  • Developing performance assessments to measure complex learning and report their results
  • Develop and implement curriculum using best practices for English language learners
  • Monitor and coordinate the implementation of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) legislation, funding, and requirements
  • Providing support to teachers new to Arlington Public Schools
  • Provide professional development to assist staff in acquiring the knowledge, skills, and behaviors to work effectively with our culturally and linguistically diverse student body, with a special focus on the Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) model
  • Build relationships that support learning by providing family involvement programs such as Parent Expectations Support Achievement (PESA) and PARTICIPA in collaboration with schools, community-based organizations, and other offices
  • Analyzing changes to the Standards of Quality, Standards of Accreditation, and to the Standards of Learning and the results of the Standards of Learning assessments and modify programs as appropriate

Last Modified on September 10, 2015