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Division of Instruction

Overview of the Division of Instruction

The Division of Instruction (DOI) is comprised of the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Professional Development; The Department of Special Education; The Department of Student Services; The Department of Learning Management Systems; and The Department of Elementary Schools, Title I, Early Childhood, The Judy Center, and Head Start. As a Division, Instruction implements curriculum, trains staff, assesses student progress, provides support and intervention, observes and evaluates all certificated staff.


Our work is captured annually in the Bridge to Excellence Annual Update to the Master Plan. Currently we are implementing the Common Core and complying with the mandates outlined in the Race to the Top grant received two years ago. Both documents are provided below, as well as a video summarizing our work.




Master Plan

Race to the Top

Primary Responsibilities
  • Increase student achievement for all students while eliminating gaps in academic achievement among student groups with respect to gender, disability, race, or socioeconomic status.
  • Coordinate the county-wide instructional program through curriculum development, assessment development and implementation and oversight of the instructional program and the implementation of the Core Curriculum.
  • Supervision and evaluation of all instructional staff members, administrators, supervisors, and coordinators.
  • Oversees the process of reviewing, selecting, and evaluating all instructional materials and textbooks.
  • Set expectations for student and staff performance.
  • Expand the use of technology in instructional programs.
  • Provide the necessary resources to implement our programs.
  • Provide professional development that addresses student and staff needs and system priorities.
  • Create a learning environment that supports excellence via proactive supporting services.
  • Develop partnerships with parents and community that support our students, schools, and programs.
  • Ensure the effective and efficient use of system resources.
  • Oversee a significant portion of the general fund budget and more than $11,000,000 in grant funds.


Dr. Jeffrey Maher, Chief Academic Officer

For assistance call the Division of Instruction:

Beverly Dahlstrom, Administrative Assistant 301 475-5511, x32133

St. Mary's County Public Schools
Division of Instruction
23160 Moakley Street
Leonardtown, MD 20650
Phone: 301-475-5511 FAX: 301-475-4229