Strategic Planning - Your Road Map To Continual Improvement

 

Why Strategic Planning?

COVID 19 caused one of the biggest disruptions in education in many decades.  Students, teachers and administrators were challenged  as they tried new ways of teaching and learning.  While distance learning worked for some, it certainly did not for many others.  Many disparities were exposed in regards to access and use of technology.  Other students lost the critical support systems they need to succeed.  Nobody planned for this and most schools were left chasing after solutions rather than having planned for them.  Now as schools return to "normal" we must face the question 'what will that be'?  Where were we deficient and what did we learn?  How can we be better prepared as we move forward? 

 

Social justice issues and other disparities were also exposed with the death of George Floyd and other people of color who lost their lives for no reason other than their skin color.  How will schools effectively address these disparities in their culture and curriculum?  Does your school have a well developed plan to address these inequalities?   

 

While many of the abrupt changes were extremely challenging, a great deal was also learned and should not be forgotten.  How will your school use this and come back better than ever?  A well developed strategic plan is one of the best tools a school can use as it plans for a future of excellence.  It gives clarity, unity, purpose, and direction to a school as it seeks to fulfill its vision and mission.  It can be a time and cost saver when there is community buy in, and well informed decisions are made.  Finally, a strategic plan builds and and strengthens a school community by embracing the idea that the best decisions are made when input from a wide variety of stake holders and  the collective knowledge of the school community are taken into account.

 

 

 How Does it Work?

Beyond the Walls Education will help your school continue on a path to excellence.   We help you develop a strategic plan that is focused on the needs of your school and addresses six key areas:

  • Academics and Curriculum - student achievement, student engagement, equity,  assessment strategies, Integrating technology, curricular approach, standards alignment, resources
  • Facility/ Materials/Finances - building and classroom use, location,  building health, classroom equipment and materials, financial health, grants
  • Human Resources - teacher/staff hiring priorities, teacher/staff retention, professional development, teacher/staff compensation
  • Social/Emotional  Well Being - mental health, student and family support systems, student relations, behavior management, 
  • Engagement - School and community relations, parent involvement, site council/school board development, volunteers, higher education relationships
  • Technology - Computer hardware and software needs, network infrastructure, student hardware/device management, teacher/staff training, 

 

Upon completion of the Strategic Planning process,  the school will receive a three or five year plan that is centered on the needs, values and ideals of the school community / stakeholders.  The plan will be divided into the above  focus areas and the priorities within.  Each focus area priority will begin with a goal, followed by the objectives, strategies, and targets needed to achieve the goals; a measurement rubric of achievement checkpoints; and the person or persons responsible for achieving the goal.