A community-driven process...
To develop our five-year strategic plan, we reached out to our stakeholders and we listened. We also worked closely with our Board of Trustees, who played a very active role in the entire process. And we sought the input of experts who helped us scrutinize our current practices and shared examples of best practices at other school districts.
To date, more than 1,000 stakeholders – both external and internal – have participated in the development of our five-year strategic plan. As part of what we call our “Listening Tour,” Superintendent Watson has held more than 100 group and one-on-one discussions with key stakeholders and has conducted more than 125 campus visits.
Additionally, more than 200 strategic planning workgroup session hours have been invested in with more than 150 stakeholders participating in weekly, intensive three-hour work sessions over a two-month period.
All in all, our strategic planning process has been a ten-month journey from July 2014 to May 2015. Our process involved traditional aspects of any strategic planning process like community meetings, surveys and cross-functional workgroups. However, it also included new leadership, organizational changes and deep audits of the district’s practices, processes and structures – some of these audits scheduled, while the need for others was revealed as the district’s new leadership team listened to stakeholder concerns and was alerted to issues that needed immediate attention.