July 13, 2012
OCAO Deputy Chief Honored for Curriculum Leadership
Received the ninth-annual Curriculum Leadership Award on July 12
Brian Pick, DCPS’ Deputy Chief Academic Officer for Curriculum and Instruction, received the ninth-annual Curriculum Leadership Award on July 12 at the Council of the Great City Schools Curriculum and Research Directors Meeting in Las Vegas.
This honor is awarded each year “to an outstanding member who exemplifies leadership, innovation, commitment, and professionalism in raising the academic achievement of all students in an urban school district,” according to the council’s website.
In her letter of recommendation, Dr. Carey Wright, DCPS’ Chief Academic Officer, called Brian “a visionary leader, an instructional expert, an effective advocate, and an exceptional colleague” as well as “an emerging national leader in this work.”
Since 2008, Brian has worked in the Office of the Chief Academic Officer, where he has been at the heart of DCPS’ academic reform efforts and played a key role in the development of our Teaching and Learning Framework.
Yet the most significant contribution Brian has made to curriculum and instruction in DCPS is in the development and implementation of our Academic Plan, which is aligned to the Common Core State Standards and includes a comprehensive early childhood curriculum; new standards for grades K-12 in English/Language Arts and Mathematics; Scope and Sequence and Unit Overviews; paced interim assessments; and additional support systems and resources for teachers.
Brian was charged with leading a cross-functional effort to plan for the instructional shifts demanded by the Common Core and to take DCPS in a new direction in terms of providing more curricular guidance.