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Curriculum & Instruction

Department Overview

The Department of Curriculum & Instruction supports student learning through the development of district curriculum, the administration of state and district assessments and the promotion of teacher learning and professional growth. The work of the Department of C&I is anchored by the school division's primary goal: increased student achievement. Our goal is to provide educational cohesion and continuity among all schools in the division, creating a seamless educational experience for all our students.

The Mission of the Department of Curriculum & Instruction is to strategically support engaging teaching and learning through rigorous curriculum, building instructional capacity, and providing experiences to develop our students to be life-ready.

We value listening and engaging in conversation to build long-term coherence. We remain present, look for context to make meaning, and assume best intentions. We complete tasks or delegate based on what we decide will impact learning in our schools, even if it isn’t comfortable and easy to control. We value collaboration. We dismantle silos by making time to turn toward, to look for commonalities, and to share resources. We embrace vulnerability and avoid judging one another and magnifying what we disagree on. We value anticipating, planning, and reflecting with flexibility. We are comfortable standing in uncomfortable spots and aim to do less firefighting as a result. We value proactive communication. We take the time for shared clarity, shared language, and the why. We focus on consistent messages for families, schools, and the district and build structures to match them to reduce how much reacting we need to do. We don’t assume others know and avoid just checking boxes. We value walking the walk. We embody our concepts and teach others to fish, rather than do it for them or to them.

Student reading book


We envision a vibrant culture of literacy that cultivates a joy for reading, writing, and learning and inspires stakeholders to contribute to and participate in the overall success of our students.

We strive to ensure that all RPS students will be reading on grade-level in 3rd grade and all RPS graduates will have the reading, writing and communication skills to be college, civic, and career ready.

First page of Richmond Public Schools Literacy Plan, orange, blue and white slide with graphic of peacock

Access the RPS Literacy Plan to learn more.

Learning Targets

Learning targets are the foundation of a student-engaged assessment system. 

Learning targets provide a clear vision of the intended learning and are tracked carefully by students and teachers. 

Because they are written for and owned by students who strive to say, “I can…”, they are an essential ingredient in the engaged part of student-engaged assessment. 

Why Learning Targets excerpt from Berger, R., Rugen, L. and Woodfin, L. (2014). Leaders of their own learning"

Read "Why learning targets?" to learn more.

Strategic Support

We collaborate with schools to provide strategic instructional support.

Meaningful Learning
All students are engaged in content aligned to the appropriate standards and experiences for their subject and grade.

Culture of Learning
All students are continuously engaged in the work of the lesson.

Evidence of Learning
All students demonstrate that they are learning.

Ownership of Learning
All students are responsible for doing the thinking in the classroom.

Access the RPS Instructional Vision Statement to learn more. 

Head shot of Dr. Autumn Nabors

Contact Information

Autumn Nabors
Director, Curriculum and Instruction

Curriculum and Instruction
301 North Ninth Street
12th Floor
Richmond, VA 23219
Phone: 804.780.7750
Fax: 804.648.6075

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