Strategic planning : Like Playland (without rides or food or games)

We at the SD46 Board of Education are currently hammering out a revised strategic plan to guide our energies and decisions. Apparently, “I want to rock and roll all night, and party every day” no longer fits within the synergistic direction of our current paradigm shift.

While working on a strategic plan over the summer feels a bit like detention, I do understand the need to identify our underlying values and priorities before making decisions: I recently worked for a board that knew almost nothing about anything. At least regarding what boards should and shouldn’t do.

Strategic planning is a process of declaring what we want our district to look like over the next few years, and focusing on the most important goals. A good strategic plan should be relevant to any decisions we make, in that our decisions must support the strategic plan, and be based upon the values we uphold.

You didn’t hear this from me, but it’s also another way you can hold public officials accountable. When an entity endeavours to make a strategic plan and/or a vision statement, they are screaming for you to scrutinize every decision based on those statements.

 “If the decision doesn’t fit it’s not legit.”

For instance, I know I haven’t rocked and/or rolled any nights recently, let alone every night, hence the need for a new plan.

Suggestions?

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2 responses to “Strategic planning : Like Playland (without rides or food or games)

  1. Rich

    I completely agree with you that a strategic plan is critical in order to pave a way forward. I contend that such a plan must include a technology integration plan that prepares our students for the requirements of the knowledge based economy. This plan first starts with a visioning process that involves as many members of the wider educational community as can be mustered. From this group “vision” the how to integrate then follows. Currently SD46 is one of a few districts that does not have a technology integration plan. It goes without saying that we would be doing our students a severe injustice if we failed to provide this basic level of competency. Computer literacy should be viewed as fundamentally as reading, writing and arithmetic.

  2. Jason Scott

    Thanks for the comment. I certainly agree that technology and computer literacy are important in our society.

    I’d like to hear more…

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