Overview: Development of the Strategic Plan

Why a Strategic Plan?

The Strategic Planning Process

  • To explore new possibilities.
  • To provide the best academic program possible at all grade level.
  • To re-establish common values, purpose and direction that focus on children.
  • To ensure appropriate distribution of resources.
  • Strategic planning offers the best possible hope for involving and engaging the entire DJUSD community in making decisions.
  • Strategic planning provides a framework for ongoing organizational renewal within the context of a rapidly changing community and world.

What is Strategic Planning?
Strategic Planning Development

“Strategic planning is the means by which an organization continually creates artifactual systems toward extraordinary purpose.”  “Implicit in this definition is the concentration of all efforts, resources, activities, and energies toward a single goal.”  (The Cambrian Group)

Strategic planning is a process where the district can receive input from the community and staff that will enable the district to make long-range recommendations to the Board which includes:

  • What is most important in terms of educational focus?
  • How resources should be best allocated?
  • How we should organize the structure of the district?
How will Strategic Planning advance the DJUSD?

Strategic planning is a highly-structured process that relies on the participation of all the stakeholders in the community.  Participants went through a step-by-step process of:

  • Determining the values and beliefs of the community and school system

  • Developing a mission and objectives and a set of strategies for achieving the mission and objectives

  • Developing action plans for implementing the strategies


Process
  • Hundreds of parents, teachers, students, business people, and the community were involved in the process

  • A planning team of 26 members, who collectively reflect the values and perspectives of our community were responsible for developing our strategic plan and presenting it to the Governing Board.  The planning team included board members, administrators, teachers, staff, community members, parents and students.

  • The planning team developed, through consensus, a district mission, objectives, and strategies for achieving those objectives.

  • Action teams were formed and worked over a three-month period to develop detailed implementation plans for each strategy.  Each implementation plan specified tasks, timelines, and responsibilities, and included a written cost-and benefit analysis.   Everyone who volunteered were accepted onto an action team.

  • During a second planning retreat, the planning team reviewed implementation plans and prepared a final strategic plan for presentation and approval by the Governing Board.