Using our beliefs to guide our practice, the Department of Instructional Services provides the following services:
Professional Development: Development and facilitation of professional development experiences that emphasize the 21stCentury student outcomes. These experiences include the development of teacher-leaders; faculty presentations, informational workshops, and district professional learning communities; reading and research groups, etc.). The professional development program in Fauquier County is a differentiated program offering teachers and administrators a variety of professional learning options.
Document & Protocol Development: Development of guidance and framework documents and procedures which help administrators and teachers understand the parameters set forth in policy and educational law (e.g., program of studies, IEP guidelines, evaluation procedures, etc.).
Assessment: Development and implementation of formative and summative assessments that help teachers focus the breadth of state standards on the depth of essential learning; provide real-time feedback about student learning; provide user-friendly performance tasks that emphasize the ultimate learning desired: learning that is contextualized and requires students to analyze and synthesize content.
Resource Dissemination: Distribution and inventory of materials, equipment, books, and documents.
Financial Management: Management of financial resources (federal grants, state revenue programs, and local funds) to insure (1) the equitable distribution of funding among schools and (2) a funding prioritization process that emphasizes student and school need.
Program Selection & Project Management: Facilitation of key decision-making and problem-solving processes (e.g. selection of instructional materials or programs; student and teacher assistance teams; strategic planning leadership and implementation; curriculum and assessment decision-making; program audits).
Feedback Services: Providing within-the-classroom feedback to teachers about their instructional knowledge and skills [routine and prescriptive feedback]; facilitating feedback for teachers and administrators in other venues: teacher-teacher collaboration and observation; district professional learning communities; coaching; mentor programs; data and information analysis sessions etc.
Data Collection: Directing periodic program audits and data analyses; dissemination of information and guidance documents based on data.
Parent/Community Communication: Providing key and requested information about programs, procedures, and policies to parents and community members.