Planning for Success
Today’s educational climate is faced with a litany of challenges. Students within our educational system deserve the very best that we can provide for them regardless of the challenges presented to school systems. Schools, communities and educational leaders are in a constant balancing act between community desires and needs, and regulation from the state and federal government.
Over time this balancing act can lead to school systems and communities feeling powerless, despite their best efforts to provide a quality education to the students of their community. Long range planning can provide a framework for defining a vision for the future of your local school system. Engaging the community in the long range planning process can be a daunting, but powerful process. KASB can assist with the long range planning process to insure that desired results are obtained and the future is defined for your school system
Long range planning results in…
- Create a culture and climate supportive of necessary innovations in response to today’s challenges
- Design the best educational system for your community
- Involve community in shaping the future for your school system
- Provide opportunities for community stakeholders to experience and learn about the educational process
- Develop stronger relationships with district stakeholders, increasing transparency in your educational system
- Incorporate proven practices and strategies into district curriculum and culture
- Establish long term desired goals with annual accountability benchmarks
- Focus resources towards long-term goals and vision of community and school system
- Align supports and services to the current and future programming
What are the options?
Board Goal Setting
The entire board along with the superintendent discuss priorities and focus areas for the short term, and long term success of the district. These sessions typically occur as a board work session and last roughly three hours.
Board and District Leadership Goal Setting
The entire board along with the district leaders engage in a collaborative process to discuss priorities and focus areas for the short term, and long term success of the district. These sessions typically occur as a board work session and last roughly three hours.
Community Based Strategic Planning
Every three to five years the board of education should involve the community in assisting them to define what graduates should know, and to be able to do. This comprehensive planning exercise can be extremely helpful to the school leadership in getting a pulse on a variety of issues.
These sessions typically contain up to 50 participants, consisting mostly of community members, with some building and district representation. The work is generally accomplished over the course of two separate events each last roughly four hours.
Board members do not participate in this option, but rather utilize the information generated session to map out the next five year strategic plan.
How do we get started?
Contact KASB leaderships services today! Depending on your board’s available time and resources, we will help you determine the format that works best for you. KASB staff captures the work in a report format that will set the stage for further planning by your district staff.
What are the benefits of facilitation by KASB leadership services?
KASB leadership services brings expertise about the board’s role in setting district goals and direction.
And, as KASB member districts, you can access these professional services for a reasonable fee.
How can our board do this important work?
KASB field services directors are ready, willing and able to work with the board and superintendent governance team to assist you in articulating your district level goals for accomplishing the mission and vision. Staff will help you plan and implement a community conversation to gain and increase involvement and support.
What is the school board’s role in setting district goals and vision?
School boards, sitting in trust for the entire community, are responsible for clarifying the district purpose by articulating district ends. District staff is responsible for strategically planning to achieve those district ends. Boards focus on ends—staff focus on means.
What are district needs?
Simply put, needs are the desired end result of any organization’s efforts. Setting district goals is about addressing those needs. In a school district, results are composed of four components:
- Values and Beliefs: What do we care about regarding public education in our community?
- Mission: What benefits are we trying to provide, to whom, and at what cost?
- Vision: What does it look like when we provide those benefits?
- Goals: What does the district need to achieve to get there?
How does the district benefit from doing this work?
- Solidifies board and superintendent relations by clearly stating expectations.
- Establishes clear expectations for areas such as: student achievement, programs and curriculum, district finances, facilities and physical plant, personnel, community relations and involvement, and communication.
- Drives the organization to pursue excellence.
- Empowers and energizes the staff.
- Permits performance monitoring and evaluation.
- Ensures the board speaks for the community.
- Ensures alignment between community values and school district operations