KCPS Top 5: Strategic Planning
In January 2017, KCPS began a strategic planning process. The strategic plan will identify major areas of focus and guide the district over the next five years.
A primary purpose of planning is to facilitate unity of purpose or alignment. Alignment is the process of reaching a mutual understanding about common goals. It gives shared meaning to the work of the school or school district, thereby enabling successful accomplishment of the goals of the organization.
To be effective, the alignment process must proactively seek out and embrace the diverse voices of the organization’s diverse stakeholders. If we want all the stakeholders to be committed to and be meaningfully engaged in the implementation of the plan, it is wise to involve each stakeholder in the development of the plan itself.
Verbiage supplied from Performance fact, INC.
To learn more about the consultant preparing the KCPS strategic plan, Performance Fact, visit: http://performancefact.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Guide_Eye-on-the-Goal_2015.pdf
Core Planning Team (CP) consists of a cross-section of all stakeholders, including students whenever possible. Because the team includes internal and external stakeholders, it takes the lead in setting the broad direction for the plan, including the Goals, Measures and Benchmarks of Student Success as well as the "Four Pillars" (or building blocks) of educational practices, programs and structures.
Student Voice Team (SV) consists of 30-100+ students who represent the diversity among all students (e.g., demographic, academic, attitudinal, dropouts, graduates, etc.). The team serves as the direct voice of the entire student body. Some of the students on this team may also serve on the Core Planning Team.
Instructional Focus Team (IF) takes the lead in identifying the professional practices that will enhance instructional effectiveness. The team consists of at least one teacher from each school, all (or representative sampling) of principals and other school administrators, and district-level teaching-&-learning coaches, facilitators, support staff, etc.
Alignment Team (AL) consists of key decision-makers or opinion shapers from the key institutions within the community (e.g., school system, parent & community leaders, union, business/higher education, community-based organizations or CBOs, governmental entities, faith-based groups, etc.). The team size, membership, scope of involvement, or formal vs. informal structure depends on the local context and need.
Community Forum (CF) provides every resident an opportunity to participate in and influence the direction of the strategic plan prior to its completion and formal adoption by the Board. Community Forums are "reality check" sessions that are held at multiple times and in multiple locations throughout the community. The insights from the Community Forums are shared with the Core Planning Team for integration into the strategic plan.
Board Review Team (BD) ensures that the school Board is continually kept abreast of the progress of the strategic planning process. The updating process could be via formal presentations at periodic intervals, or through ongoing reporting by the Superintendent or Board-designated strategic planning point-person(s). The Board is encouraged to share its views regarding the ongoing planning process and emerging outputs; however, the Board is urged to defer formal action on the strategic plan until it is presented by the Superintendent for formal adoption at the end of the planning process.
Strategic Plan FAQ:
How many participants are on the core planning team, and what groups/communities/stakeholders do they represent?
The core planning team is one means of engagement through the strategic planning process.
Over 70 individuals are members of the core planning team including students, teachers, parents, community members, principals, and central office staff. The following organizations are participating: Prep KC, St. Mark Child and Family Development Center, UMKC, Turn the Page KC, AFT, Hallmark Foundation, Mayor's Office KCMO, NAACP, KC STEM Alliance, and the Full Employment Council. Please see a complete list of participants below.
St. Mark Child and Family Development Center
UMKC Charter School Center
Turn the Page KC
Mayor's Office KCMO
KC STEM Alliance
Full Employment Council
How were core planning team participants identified?
Community members, organizations, principals, and central office staff were identified by the Superintendent and his leadership team. Several individuals were interested in participating, but couldn't commit to attending all meetings. These folks will continue to be engaged in other ways throughout the strategic planning process.
Teachers, students, and parents were identified by building principals.
What opportunities will be put in place to collect other public/community/parent input during this process?
Students are being engaged via student voice sessions. The first sessions took place on January 18th. 120 middle and high school students met with Performance Fact, our strategic plan consultants, to provide input and guide the plan. The same group of students will reconvene in the early spring and examine the work of the core planning team.
Community forums were held across the district at four sites. On Tuesday, March 28th sessions were held at Central Academy and Banneker Elementary from 5:30-7:30 PM. On Wednesday, March 29th sessions were held at Northeast Middle and Paseo Academy from 5:30-7:30 PM.
An Alignment Team comprised of key decision makers from within KCPS and the community (i.e. parent & community leaders, union, business/higher education, community-based organizations, governmental entities, and faith-based groups) will be formed and convene after the community forums.
We are in the process of reaching out to the DAC and SACs to determine additional ways to receive parent input and deliver information.
In addition, previous public/community/parent input from the Listening and Learning Tours and the KCPS Master Plan meetings collected over the last two years will be used by the consultants as they draft the plan.
Community Forum Information
KCPS hosted four community forums across the district in March 2017. If you were unable to attend these meetings you can still provide feedback. Leave feedback here.
March 28th Forums: Central Academy and Banneker Elementary (5:30-7:30 PM)
March 29th Forums: Northeast Middle* and Paseo Academy (5:30-7:30 PM)
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Would you like to be more involved in the KCPS strategic plan? Contact 816-418-7506 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.