Advisory Council on Teaching & Learning (ACTL — formerly Advisory Council on Instruction ACI)

What Does ACTL Do?

The Advisory Council on Teaching & Learning (ACTL) is made up of representatives from each school and certain community organizations to assist in reviewing the system-wide curriculum and instructional program and in developing recommendations for improvement. ACTL is made up of 40 to 50 individuals  who are familiar with or interested in instructional issues. Thirteen curriculum-based / focused advisory committees report to the council annually. Over the years, ACTL has spearheaded some important changes in the Arlington Public Schools curriculum.

Meetings will be held virtually for 2021-22. All meetings are 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. and accessible via Zoom. To obtain the Zoom link for an ACTL meeting, please contact Rosa Ewell ( If meetings change to in-person or hybrid during 2021-22, the information on this page will be updated accordingly.

2021-22 Meeting Schedule 

September 20, 2021 February 2, 2022
October 6, 2021 March 2, 2022
November 3, 2021 April 6, 2022
December 8, 2021 May 4, 2022
January 12, 2022 June 1, 2022

How Can I Get Involved?

  • If you are interested in serving as an ACTL representative, please contact your school’s PTA President to express your interest.
  • Community organizations, such as the League of Women Voters and the Arlington Chamber of Commerce, also designate ACTL members. Contact the head of the organization to learn more about these opportunities.
  • Members of instructional program committees report to ACTL. If you are interested in serving on an instructional advisory committee, you are invited to click on this link to apply online.

For additional information, you are also welcome to call the Department of Teaching and Learning at 703-228-6060.