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    Draft Strategic Plan and Feedback Form

    Please help us refine and strengthen the draft strategic plan by answering a few critical questions in the form at the bottom of this page!

    Seattle Public Schools recognizes that traffic conditions in our city in January 2019 will present additional challenges to attending meetings in person. In response, we are launching a strategic plan engagement effort online. Please provide your feedback using the online form below by Tues., Jan. 22, 2019, 12 p.m.

    In addition to providing feedback electronically, there are in-person community meetings to provide input on the draft in January 2019. Read more about the community meetings.

    The feedback gathered with the online form will be analyzed by DMGroup and Seattle Public Schools along with the information gathered at the community meetings. The themes from the community feedback will be shared with the Board at a Jan. 30 work session and help the strategic plan steering committee make adjustments.

    Background: From August – November 2018, Superintendent Juneau embarked on a comprehensive Listen and Learn Tour to gather an understanding of the district's strengths, challenges, and what is most important for her to consider as plans are developed for the district's future. The input she received, combined with feedback from an online discussion in October 2018, helped shape the new draft plan. A strategic plan steering committee was formed and the district contracted with the District Management Group (DMGroup) to support the development of the strategic plan.

    The new strategic plan will set the course for the district for the next three-to-five years and help us focus our resources, work, and initiatives. The draft plan below includes a short list of high-impact priorities and measurable goals focused on improving outcomes for students and embodies the word strategic. While our ongoing operational work to provide excellence to all of our students persists, this plan has clarity about what we are trying to accomplish for our historically underserved students and families.

    Draft Strategic Plan

    Mission

    Seattle Public Schools is committed to ensuring equitable access, eliminating the opportunity gaps, and excellence in education for every student.

    Vision

    Every Seattle Public Schools’ student receives a high-quality, world-class education and graduates prepared for college, career, and community.

    Theory of Action

    When we focus on ensuring racial equity in our educational system, unapologetically address the needs of students of color who are furthest from educational justice 1, and work to undo the legacies of racism in our educational system...

    By:

    • Allocating resources strategically through a racial equity framework
    • Delivering high-quality, standards-aligned instruction
    • Creating healthy, supportive, culturally responsive environments from the classroom to central office
    • Directly and consistently working in partnership with families and communities who represent students of color who are furthest from educational justice; and
    • Making clear commitments and delivering on them

    Then we will eliminate the opportunity and achievement gaps and every student will receive a high-quality, world-class education.

    1 Educational justice requires safe learning environments, curriculum that incorporates a student’s life experiences and culture, and instruction delivered by high-quality, culturally competent educators. Many students from certain ethnicities have not historically experienced equitable opportunities for all or part of their educational journey (including African and African American, Asian Pacific Islander, LatinX, and Native students). These students are our priority.

    Draft Priorities and Measurable Goals

    Priority 1: High-Quality Instruction and Learning Experiences

    Educate the whole child through high-quality instruction and learning experiences that accelerate growth for students of color who are furthest from educational justice, with an intentional focus on African American males.

    We will address the academic, social, emotional, and behavioral strengths and needs of students, including providing high-quality, culturally responsive instruction and social-emotional learning supports.

    Priority 1 Goals and Example KPIs

    1.A Academic performance in early literacy and math for students of color who are furthest from educational justice

    • Increase 3rd Grade ELA (English language arts) proficiency and growth
    • Increase 7th Grade Math proficiency and growth

    1.B On-time graduation and college and career readiness for students of color who are furthest from educational justice

    • Increase on-track credit attainment for 9th grade students
    • Increase proportion of students that successfully complete college level or advanced courses

    1.C Social-emotional learning and welcoming school environments for students of color who are furthest from educational justice

    • Increase attendance and decrease discipline
    • Increase the sense of belonging and feeling of safety at school

     

    Priority 2: Operational Systems

    Develop operational systems that result in Seattle Public Schools providing a predictable, consistent, high-quality experience for students and families that allows them to focus on learning.

    We will operate central office and school functions in a service-oriented, effective manner. We will ensure that every operational team establishes and consistently meets high service levels that provide students and families the information and daily experience that results in a safe and productive school day.

    Priority 2 Goals and Example KPIs

    2.A Families are well-informed regarding district services

    • Improve families’ perceptions of district communications regarding services

    2.B Improve operational performance in support of student learning

    • Develop clearly defined, tiered service levels (e.g., ranging from “basic” to “distinguished”) for each operational function and increase key functions by at least one tier each year

     

    Priority 3: Culturally Responsive Workforce

    Develop a culturally responsive workforce so all teachers, leaders, and staff effectively support students and families.

    We will recruit a diverse workforce using proven local and national best practices, focus on the retention of educators of color, and continue to nurture culturally responsive mindsets and capabilities with all team members so there is a warm, welcoming environment.

    Priority 3 Goals and Example KPIs

    3.A. Improve diversity of staff and leadership at school and central office

    • Increase the recruitment and retention of educators of color

    3.B Improve cultural competency and responsiveness of educators

    • Increase the percentage of educators who attend cultural responsiveness training

    3.C Improve the environment for employees of color

    • Improve the experience of work culture for school staff and central office staff of color

     

    Priority 4: Engagement

    Conduct inclusive and authentic engagement that incorporates the experiences and perspective of students, families, and communities who are furthest from educational justice.

    We will proactively and consistently work in partnership with these communities (not for these communities) in identifying needs, determining solutions, and supporting implementation of the initiatives that will best meet the needs of students of color who are furthest from educational justice. We will use engagement methodologies that are appropriate for the communities with whom we partner in order to build trusting relationships.

    Priority 4 Goals and Example KPIs

    4.A Increase voice and leadership in school and district initiatives for students of color who are furthest from educational justice

    • Increase proportion of students who feel their voices and concerns are valued at school

    4.B Improve engagement around school and district initiatives with families and communities who represent students of color who are furthest from educational justice

    • Increase proportion of families who feel their voices and concerns are valued by the district and schools

     


    Feedback Form

    Please help us refine the draft strategic plan by answering a few critical questions in the form below. Please provide your feedback using the online form below by Tues., Jan. 22, 2019, 12 p.m.

    You can translate this form by selecting your preferred language in the blue toolbar in the top right corner of this webpage.

    Draft Strategic Plan Feedback

    Are the four priorities clear? *  Yes  No 
    If you selected no, what needs clarification?

    Do the four priorities resonate with you? *  Yes  No 
    Why or why not?*

    What other things do we need to consider?

    Optional: Please tell us a little bit about yourself:

    I am a: (check all that apply)

    Parent or guardian
    Student
    Staff
    Community member
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    I consider myself:

    American Indian, Alaska Native, Aleut, Eskimo
    Asian/Asian American
    Black/African American
    Hispanic/Latino
    Middle Eastern or North African
    Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
    White/Caucasian/European American
    Multicultural/Biracial
    Other
    I prefer not to answer