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Title: West Allegheny School District Strategic Planning Process

West Allegheny School DistrictStrategic
Planning Process
Strategic PlanSteering Committee Agenda
  • January 25, 2006
  • 730 pm 815 pm Dr. DiSanti
  • Introduction of Committee Members
  • Strategic Plan Power Point Presentation
  • Rationale
  • Components
  • Research based framework
  • Stages of planning
  • Mission, vision, shared values statements
  • Plan authors/administrators
  • Ground Rules
  • Timeline
  • 815 pm 845 pm Plan Authors/Committee
  • Dessert buffet
  • Overview of Strategic Plan Subcommittees by Plan
  • Introduction/discussion regarding scheduling
  • Assignment of recorder spokesperson for group
  • Explanation of states of planning/timeline
  • Components of individual plans

  • Educational strategic plan is a continuous
  • Promotes high student academic expectations/
  • Enables districts to develop innovative programs.
  • Formulates strategies to address challenges.

Strategic Plan Components
  • Plan requires collection of data/program
  • Chapter 4
  • Teacher Induction, Professional Education
  • Special Education
  • Educational Technology
  • Facilities Management (optional)
  • Compilation through Electronic Strategic Plan

Research Based Framework on High Performing
Educational Systems to Guide Strategic Plan
Research demonstrates no one solution in
attaining high student performance. High
performing educational systems show evidence of
nine characteristics.
  • Clear and shared focus among all stakeholders.
  • High standards and expectations - all students
    can learn.
  • Effective leadership in implementing change.
  • High levels of collaboration and communication
    among teachers.
  • Curriculum, instruction and assessment aligned
    with state/national standards.

Research Based Framework on High Performing
Educational Systems to Guide Strategic Plan
Process (Cont)
  • Instructional practices are continually adjusted
    based on frequent monitoring of student
  • Focused professional development opportunities.
  • Supportive learning environment for students.
  • High levels of community/parental involvement.
  • (Summarized, Leading for Learning, Pennsylvania
    Department of Education in July, 2005)

Stages of District Planning
Eight stages in district strategic plan. (Chapter
4, Teacher Induction, Professional Education,
Special Education, Educational Technology, and
Facilities Management).
  • Assess Readiness to Benefit
  • Collect and Sort Data
  • Build and Analyze Profile
  • Set Goals
  • Study/Select Research-based Practices
  • Craft Action Plans
  • (Future) Implement/Monitor the Plan
  • (Future) Evaluate Impact on Student Achievement

Strategic Planning Process Stages
Mission Statement
  • The mission of the West Allegheny School
    District, a leader in quality education, is to
    ensure that each student acquires the necessary
    knowledge and skills to be a responsible citizen,
    prepared for life-long learning and employment
    this is accomplished by providing meaningful and
    personally challenging learning experiences
    within a safe, nurturing environment in
    partnership with family and community.

  • The West Allegheny School District will create a
    learning environment in which students maximize
    their potential and achieve success in a
    cooperative partnership with students, parents,
    staff, administration, and community through a
    positive supportive, caring climate which
    promotes the dignity of all individuals.

Shared Values
  • Quality education is essential to sustain our
    democratic society.
  • Education benefits people throughout their lives.
  • Every person is valuable and worthy of respect.
  • All people can and want to learn.
  • Quality education is a shared responsibility
    among students, family, school, and community.
  • Higher expectations lead to higher performance.
  • Family support provides a strong foundation for
    individual learning.
  • Each individual is unique and capable of reaching
    higher levels of performance given the proper

Change Puzzle
2006 Strategic Planning Process
Strategic PlanSteering Committee
  • The Strategic Plan Steering Committee will be
    comprised of the following individuals
  • District Superintendent
  • Dr. DiSanti
  • Strategic Plan Authors (7)
  • Dr. Assetta- Assistant to Superintendent for
    Curriculum and Instruction
  • Dr. Englert- Assistant to Superintendent for
    Personnel and Student Support Services
  • Mrs. Nolan- Donaldson Elementary Principal
  • Mrs. Sites- Wilson Elementary Principal
  • Dr. Walsh- Middle School Principal
  • Mrs. Fitzgerald- Director of Pupil Services
  • Mr. Wessel- Business Manager

Strategic Plan Steering Committee (cont)
  • Administrators/Directors (10)
  • Mr. Dan Smith- High School Principal
  • Mr. Rick Smith- High School Assistant Principal
  • Dr. Earl Smith- High School Assistant Principal
  • Dr. Hoover- McKee Elementary Principal
  • Mrs. Gillo- School Psychologist
  • Mr. Lesko- Middle School Assistant Principal
  • Mr. Franceschina- Building/Grounds Director
  • Mr. Sheridan- Food Services
  • Mrs. Bonnar- Public Relations
  • Mr. McBain- Athletics Director

Strategic Plan Steering Committee (cont)
  • Teacher Representatives (7)
  • Donaldson Elementary (1)
  • Mrs. Augustin
  • McKee Elementary (1)
  • Mrs. Seybold
  • Wilson Elementary (1)
  • Mrs. Medlin
  • Middle School (2)
  • Ms. Coward, Mr. Burke
  • High School (2)
  • Ms. Hartung, Mr. Marshall

Strategic Plan Steering Committee (cont)
  • Support Staff Representatives (2)
  • Mrs. Kropf, Mrs. McKissick
  • School Board Members (2)
  • Mrs. Kosis, Mrs. Mirich
  • Community Representatives (4)
  • Mr. Main, Mrs. Frech, Mrs. Williams, Mrs.
  • Student Representatives (2)
  • Erin Thompson, Jarad Liwosz
  • Safe School Representatives (2)
  • Sgt. Sedlacek, Sgt. Bates
  • Total- 37 representatives on
  • Strategic Plan Steering Committee

Ground Rules
  • All recommendations by consensus.
  • One person speaks at a time.
  • One person speaks, others listen.
  • Input valued.
  • Questions welcomed.
  • Committee members of equal status.
  • Committee is advisory in nature.
  • West Allegheny Board responsible for approval.

January Stage 1
Assess Capacity to Benefit
  • Select leadership team.
  • Define processes for meetings.
  • Use decision-making strategies for consensus.
  • Define time to meet and resources for
    professional development.
  • Open communication and trust among staff.
  • Provide administrative leadership support.

February - Stage 2 Data Analysis To Action
Collect/Select Data
Collect information about district and community
to identify goals and design action plans. Data
includes demographics, perceptions, programs, and
achievement information.
March - Stage 3
  • Build/Analyze District Profile

Stakeholders review information on demographic
makeup, how students perform, and what supports
or hinders student achievement.
April Stage 4
Set Goals
Goals established based on collection/analysis of
data. Questions to be addressed
  • What goals already required by district/state
    (i.e. reading, math, etc.)?
  • What are areas of greatest need?
  • Which have the highest potential for impact?
  • Are goals supported by research?
  • Adequate input from stakeholders?

May Stage 5
Research/Select Effective Practices
Research conducted after goals identified. Team
members review literature on effective practices
and investigate what other districts have done.
Develop strategy statements (action statements)
that indicate how goals will be attained.
June - Stage 6
  • Craft Action Plans

Action plan synthesizes teams findings.
Organized around 3-5 improvement goals. Plan
  • Goals
  • Activities/steps for achieving goals
  • Individual(s) responsible
  • Necessary resources (including staff development)
  • Proposal impact
  • How plan will be evaluated

2006 - 2007
  • Monitor Implementation of Plan

Team monitors progression of action plan and
impact on student achievement. It makes sure
activities/tasks are being accomplished according
to timeline.
2007 - 2008
  • Evaluate Impact on Student Achievement

Phase provides opportunity to measure
effectiveness. Team collects/analyzes data from
State Assessments and other measures to determine
if successful.
  • Where were goals met or exceeded?
  • How did students within specific subgroups meet
    or exceed goals?
  • Which goals were not met?
  • Are new trends emerging?
  • Were activities for specific goals reasonable?
  • Were there sufficient resources, including time?
  • If plan not sufficiently implemented to achieve
    goals, what needs changed?

Strategic Plan Process Timeline
  • February 2006 - Individual plan committee
    meetings to address
  • Stage 1 Assess Districts Capacity to Benefit
  • Stage 2 Collect, Sort, and Select Data
  • March 2006 - Individual plan committee meetings
    to discuss
  • Stage 3- Build/Analyze District Portfolio
  • April 2006 - Individual plan committee meetings
    to discuss
  • Stage 4- Set and Prioritize Goals
  • May 2006 - Individual plan committee meetings to
  • Stage 5- Research and Select Effective Practices
  • June 2006 - Individual plan committee meetings to
    focus on
  • Stage 6- Craft Action Plans

July 2006 - Meet with 7 plan authors to debrief
on progress August 2006 -Individual plan
committee meetings to finalize plan
report. September 2006 - Meet with 7 plan authors
to debrief on finalization.
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