An Opportunity to dialogue with FCPS Superintendent Dr. Scott Brabrand and Chief Equity Officer Dr. Francisco Durán
- Share your child’s experiences and provide feedback to top school officials
- Hear what FCPS is doing to meet the needs and concerns of Jewish families
- Learn more about FCPS’s new equity initiatives to ensure safe, welcoming learning spaces for all students
Date & Time
Temple Rodef Shalom
2100 Westmoreland St,
Falls Church, VA 22043
Dr. Scott Brabrand FCPS Superindendent
Dr. Brabrand began his career in FCPS as a social studies teacher in 1994, a career changer who was inspired by doing volunteer work in the schools. During his five years teaching at Herndon High School, he founded a Model United Nations Club at the school, mentored new teachers and proposed a new teacher education initiative, and redesigned the county’s U.S. and Virginia government Program of Studies to align with new state and national standards.
He also served as an assistant principal at Herndon High and an associate principal at Lake Braddock Secondary School before being named principal at Fairfax High School in 2005. Under his guidance, the achievement gap for Hispanic students in English and math SOL tests was eliminated, and enrollment in Advanced Placement (AP) classes at Fairfax High increased 54 percent during a three-year period. In collaboration with the City of Fairfax School Board and Superintendent, Dr. Brabrand worked to increase the staff development budget by $80,000 to support new instructional programs and teacher and staff development and mentoring.
In 2009, Dr. Brabrand was promoted to Cluster Assistant Superintendent, where he was responsible for 29 schools and more than 22,000 students, and provided collaborative leadership for 27 principals and administrators. Under his guidance, four of the cluster’s six Title 1 schools that were in state sanction for reading and math had those sanctions lifted, and the remaining two schools posted gains in reading and math on SOL tests. Dr. Brabrand developed a cluster strategic plan to increase student academic achievement in every school and site based on the implementation of professional learning communities, and was charged with overseeing the priority schools initiative, designed to increase academic achievement in 30 lower-performing schools.
Dr. Brabrand is a graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, where he earned a bachelor of science degree. He earned a master’s degree in education from George Washington University, and an education specialist certification from Virginia Tech. Dr. Brabrand completed his doctorate in educational administration as part of Virginia Tech’s Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Program. His dissertation was on “Virginia Principals and School Law.” He has taught courses on public school law at Virginia Tech and George Mason University, and on instructional issues in K-12 education at the University of Virginia.
Francisco Durán FCPS Chief Equity Officer
As the first in his family to graduate from college, Francisco Durán knows that education is the key to opening the door for possibilities. Durán earned his bachelor's degree in education from the University of New Mexico and went on to earn a master's degree in educational administration from San Francisco State University, a master’s degree in organization and leadership from Teacher’s College, Columbia University, and a doctorate in organization and leadership from Teacher’s College, Columbia University.
Durán has a diverse background in education, beginning as a special education paraprofessional, teaching Spanish, social studies, and language arts and serving as an activities director, athletics director, assistant principal, principal, regional superintendent, and a superintendent. He was appointed chief academic officer on October 20, 2015.
As an educational leader, Durán has worked passionately to ensure that all students receive a quality education that will equip them with the skills needed for postsecondary education and employment in today’s ever-changing world. Influenced to become an educator by a teacher who saw talents in him, he was inspired to always challenge others to do their best.
Durán has received a certificate of honor and recognition for educational service from the Board of Supervisors of the City and County of San Francisco, and a Distinguished Educator Award from Phi Delta Kappa International, University of Pennsylvania Chapter.