Our district is embarking on a strategic planning process that will intersect with the work of our human-centered design project and provide us with a flexible road map that will guide us through the year 2025.
KnowledgeWorks and other organizations that look into the future of education have forecasted “a decade of deep disruption for education of the scope that Amazon brought to retail and that iTunes brought to the music industry.” Without a strategic plan to guide us through these disruptive changes and keep us focused on the human-center of teaching and learning, we would be nothing more than an aimless organization with one foot mired in the past and the other reacting to change rather than keeping one step ahead of it.
I’ve posted often on our Steelcase Foundation-supported, human-centered design work that is one-quarter of the way through the project of identifying from a user point-of-view what works best for our students and families, and what do we need to re-design for their greater success. You can read those posts in this blog. Our strategic planning work will be just as transparent and we’ll be asking for input from staff, students and parents as we walk through this process over the next six months. Our goal is to have a final draft plan in place by the start of the 2016-17 school year. It will be flexible and responsive to any needed modifications that keep us moving in the right direction over the next decade.
The schedule of work for our Board of Education is outlined here:
Monday, February 8, 7:00 pm – finalize and approve the schedule of work sessions and retreats during its regular board meeting
Monday, February 29, 6:00 pm – a special work session for the Board and Administrative team to view and discuss the award-winning documentary film, Most Likely to Succeed, and to receive an overview of the work of our HCD21 (human-centered design) project
Saturday, March 12, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm – Board/Administrative Team data retreat (Where are we now and how did we get here?)
Saturday, April 23, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm – Board/Administrative Team vision retreat (Where are we going vs. where should we be going?)
Saturday, June 18, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm – Board/Administrative Team setting direction retreat (How will we get there and how will we know we are getting there?)
Monday, August 15, 6:00 pm – a special work session to finalize the draft plan
During each intersession between these scheduled activities, we’ll be asking for stakeholder feedback from staff, parents as well as student focus groups. Here’s a summary of what the feedback may entail:
- After the data retreat, feedback on our strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT)
- After the vision retreat, feedback on the proposed vision, mission, values and beliefs
- After the setting direction retreat, feedback on goals and strategies
- Feedback on the alignment/intersection of the proposed strategic plan, HCD21 findings, and school improvement plans
- Feedback on the final draft plan
The work of our HCD21 team is focused on what we believe is a responsibility to redesign our district, schools, classrooms and the work we do within each to better meet the needs of our students, families and community in a rapidly changing world.
The work in developing our GLPS2025 strategic plan will take note of where we’ve come from, where we are today, and how we will traverse this changing world in the future. Combined, they will shine a bright light on how we might facilitate and expand a more relevant range of learning opportunities for our students, given the diminishing financial resources we continue to experience coupled with greater challenges faced by our students, teachers and the community at large.
These critical processes have the potential for setting our school district out ahead of the curve serving as a leader in innovation and academic success. It’s our ultimate goal to better prepare our children for a world very different from the one we grew up in, providing them with learning opportunities and skills they need to be successful in whatever endeavor they choose.