Office of Curriculum and Instructional Programs (OCIP)


Who We Are

The mission of the Office of Curriculum and Instructional Programs (OCIP) in the Office of Teaching, Learning, and Schools (OTLS) is to lead the development and implementation of high-quality curriculum, instructional programs, professional learning, and services that promote academic excellence for all students with a focus on improving teaching and learning, and ensuring all students have equitable access to readiness for college, career, and community.

What We Do

OCIP comprises the Department of Pre-K—12 Curriculum and Districtwide Programs (DPK12CDP), the Department of College and Career Readiness and Districtwide Programs (DCCRDP), and the Department of English Learners and Multilingual Education (DELME). The three departments in OCIP are structured to strategically support schools and to provide innovative curriculum, instructional programs, and services that promote academic excellence. The departments are responsible for grant-funded programs, school choice processes, college and career readiness initiatives, and curriculum and program development and implementation.

Office of Curriculum and Instructional Programs

News and Announcements

Free, On-Demand Online/Virtual Tutoring Available for All Students, K-12 (January 19, 2022) 

Beginning on January 25, 2022, all students will have access to free tutoring and 24/7 Homework Help to support success in their current courses/grade level, through two new approved tutoring providers, FEV Tutor and Tutor Me Education. As part of comprehensive strategies to mitigate learning disruption associated with the pandemic, all students will have access to these virtual tutoring services through their MCPS Google Account, using Clever.  Some students will also be referred directly by their local school.  For more information about how to access tutoring services, please visit MCPS Tutoring and Interventions.

Evaluation of New Curriculum (December 16, 2021)

MCPS adopted four new curricula in literacy and mathematics for elementary and middle school students in 2019.  As we enter the third year of implementation, the Office of Curriculum and Instructional Programs (OCIP) will begin evaluating the effectiveness of the curricular resources.  The evaluation will take place beginning with Benchmark Advance, the elementary literacy curriculum, from winter 2021-2022 through winter 2022-2023.  The evaluation will study the content, diversity and quality of resources, implementation, student performance, and school and community feedback.  Learn more about the evaluation process and timeline here.  


Major responsibilities of the office include:

  • Provide students with a variety of learning opportunities that foster success for all learners across major content disciplines: computer science; English/literacy; fine arts; health and physical education; mathematics; science; social studies; technology and engineering education; and world languages.
  • Provide professional learning and guidance for English language development programming, including program design, school-based implementation, and refinement of instructional programs serving students who are English learners/emergent multilingual learners that ensures academic excellence.
  • Guide and support the implementation of new mathematics curriculum and new English Language Arts curriculum in all elementary and middle schools, and Algebra 1 at middle and high schools, including professional development, instructional programming, supporting resources, and parent support.
  • Implementation of rigorous curriculum and programs in 11 career clusters, 44 career and technical programs of study, and other high demand career pathways and work-based learning.
  • Provide school support and professional development for teachers and leaders to ensure instruction that meets the needs of diverse learners, including students with disabilities, those who are highly able, English language learners/emergent multilingual learners, and students who are at risk of underachievement because of poverty.
  • Collaborate with employee organizations, parents, and a broad range of community organizations, industry, and postsecondary institutions regarding curriculum instruction, assessment, and program development.
  • Implementation of special programs including Title III Language Instruction for English Learners and Immigrant Students, Two-Way Immersion (TWI); English Learner Assessment and Accountability, Title VI American Indian Education Program; outdoor environmental education programs; school library media programs; Judy Centers; accelerated and enriched instruction; Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate; online learning; summer school; Interim Instructional Services; and dual enrollment programs.

Contact Us

Office of Curriculum and Instructional Programs

Carver Educational Services Center
850 Hungerford Drive, Room 269
Rockville, MD 20850
Fax: 301-279-3452
Phone: 240-740-3970