A Strategic Plan is Born
William S. McKersie, Ph.D.
May 9, 2016
Strategic planning is prominent in the dreams, lexicon and practices of organizations across the world. Visions and missions--tied to strategies, tactics, goals, objectives and action plans--ultimately gauged by targets and metrics, are widely considered the means to optimize organizational health and fidelity of operations. Developing a strategic plan requires intensive planning--yes, planning to plan--and the wide involvement of people central to driving the plan and representatives of those deemed the primary beneficiaries. The resulting strategic plan should not be a “shelf piece,” as the watch-phrase warns, but a living, flexible document able to guide decision making on known, anticipated challenges as well as sudden, unanticipated occurrences. In short, strategic plans are not sought by the faint-hearted or those lacking intellectual and physical fortitude.
Greenwich has launched its 2015-2020 Strategic Plan, Personalizing Learning...Driving Student Academic, Personal and Interpersonal Growth. The new plan is the product of the Board of Education, administrators, teachers, parents, and community members, guided by the Public Consulting Group (Boston, MA). In development the past year, the plan is ready for prime-time communications. Director of Communications Kim Eves, joined by Board Member Debbie Appelbaum, have developed a communications plan and digital materials, which now are being disseminated.
Let me devote the rest of this essay to the words, pictures and graphics beautifully assembled to showcase the Strategic Plan. Below is an excerpt from the just completed digital brochure, followed by a link to the actual (virtual) document. Greenwich is on an organized march towards Personalized Learning to foster academic, personal and interpersonal growth in all our students.
AN EXCERPT from the BROCHURE:
The Greenwich Public Schools (GPS) 2015-2020 Strategic Plan is designed to drive academic, personal and interpersonal growth by providing personalized learning opportunities for each student. Personalized learning provides customized learning paths, anchored in a standards-based curriculum, for each student, giving them meaningful choice in their learning options based on individual strengths, needs, and interests.
The Strategic Plan is organized in support of achieving three Strategic Goals established by the Board of Education in June 2015 to ensure academic, personal and interpersonal growth. Subsequently, GPS administration developed crosscutting strategies and action plans for achieving each of the goals. In summary, the strategies are designed to…
- Provide individual access to digital and traditional resources
- Create effective management and progress-monitoring structures
- Provide access to standards-based, rigorous and relevant curriculum
- Provide professional learning and expand instructional expectations for teaching and learning in a digital learning environment
- Establish a comprehensive social-emotional learning program
- Establish standards for parent and community engagement
- Implement an information and data management system
…which specifically support personalized learning.
Please explore this brochure and our website to learn more about the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan. The Board of Education and District Administration would like to take this opportunity to thank the many voices of the Greenwich community that contributed to the development of the Strategic Plan. We heard from public and independent school parents, GPS administration, teachers and staff, students, and community organizations and businesses. We received valuable insights about areas of strength upon which to build as well as areas of focus for improvement. These insights have been incorporated into the 2015-2020 Greenwich Public Schools Strategic Plan.
THE LINK to the BROCHURE:
May 12, 2016 Superintendent's Message: A Strategic Plan is Born
April 5, 2016 Superintendent's Message: The Water is Wide
March 8, 2016 Superintendent's Message: Serving All our Students Well
February 4, 2016 Superintendent's Message: Relationships - A February Reflection
January 4, 2016 Superintendent's Message: Personalized Learning & DLE – A Greenwich Story
December 3, 2015 Superintendent's Message: In Safe Hands
November 10, 2015 Superintendent's Message: Thankful
October 12, 2015 Superintendent's Message: The Superintendent’s Vision for 2018
September 7, 2015 Superintendent Message: Excellence and Compassion go Hand-in-Hand
June 18, 2015 Superintendent's GHS Graduation Speech
June 2015, Superintendent Message: Distinguished Ideas 2015
April 7, 2015, Superintendent Message: Winning with Character
March 5, 2015, Superintendent Message: Gauging Progress in the GPS - Take Two
February 1, 2015, Superintendent Message: Innovation Lab: Deep Learning In and For the Real World
January 12, 2015, Superintendent Message: Hot Topics for the Cold Months
December 1, 2014, Superintendent's Message: Gauging Progress in the GPS – Take One
November 3, 2014, Superintendent's Message: Lots of Industry...Lots of Product - Part II
October 7, 2014, Superintendent's Message: Lots of Industry...Lots of Product - Part I
September 2, 2014, Superintendent's Message: Our Signature: Achievement and Caring
June 1, 2014, Superintendent's Message: Distinguished Ideas
2014 Distinguished Teachers Essays
April 3, 2014, Superintendent's Message: Accelerating Achivement for All: Greenwich and the Achievement Gap
March 4, 2014, Superintendent's Message: Smarter Balanced - Field Test: Facts & Interpretation
February 5, 2014, Superintendent's Message: A Word on the Common Core
January 3, 2014, Superintendent's Message: Popular Knowledge of Complex Questions
December 3, 2013, Superintendent's Message: Distinguished Reflections
November 27, 2013, Superintendent's Thanksgiving Day Message
November 12, 2013, The Roots of Excellence
September 26, 2013, Letter to Greenwich Public School Families on our Call to Action and Strategic Focus
September 11, 2013 Letter to Greenwich Public School Families on Safe School Climate
September 3, 2013 Letter to Greenwich Public School Families on Safe School Climate
April 25, 2012, Superintendent of Schools Appointment Announcement
Resume for William S. McKersie (April 2012)