This is an exciting time to be an educational leader in Intermediate District 287 and to launch a new strategic plan that will transform our organization and inspire students to soar to new levels. Now more than ever, we must prepare our students to thrive in school, in the work world and college and in our communities. Our students are global citizens, and their futures are complex, fast paced and full of potential.Preparing our students to succeed in the ever-changing global society is no easy task. It’s our job to set the expectations and conditions for success in our schools, programs and across the District. We spent the past year engaged in planning that has allowed us to:
- Confirm our mission and core values from the 2009-2014 strategic plan
- Determine new mission outcomes
- Design the strategies and means to achieve the mission outcomes
Clearly, this is a time that requires responsive, innovative solutions to meet the challenges facing our students and schools. There is nothing more urgent than addressing achievement disparities, which is why District 287’s new strategic plan focuses on student outcomes, racial equity and excellence in services.To bring about adaptive and transformative change for our entire school district, we will:
- Design and use a student outcome measurement system
- Look for and address systemic inequities and learn about culturally responsive practices so that we can work to eliminate achievement disparities
- Improve the way we communicate about our programs and services so that member district students, staff and families understand and can consider District 287 services
Our new strategic plan builds upon the successful work of the previous plan. Our work will be guided by well-researched and promising action plans. We have created a plan that at this time, we do not know exactly how to achieve. And yet, we know that we must and we will achieve it.
I would like to thank the more than 60 individuals who showed their best efforts in the development of this plan. Participants included representatives from member districts, the District 287 school board and staff and perhaps most importantly, students. Their participation has given us an understanding from which a bold new plan has been created.
The work ahead will require each and every one of us to contribute to the success of our future! Thank you for all that you do on behalf of students.