North St. Paul-Maplewood Oakdale ISD 622

SchoolDistrict 622

  • Unpacking the newly drafted core values for District 622

    Posted by Mari Drake at 10/3/2016

    This fall our staff have begun “unpacking.”  No, we haven’t moved.  Rather, we are unpacking the newly drafted core values for District 622.   Last spring District 622 brought together a diverse group of staff, students, and community members to draft a new strategic plan.  The foundation for that work was identifying the core values of the district.  Over the course of more than a day of dialogue the team drafted these seven core values:


    • We believe that Strong communities are inclusive and value diversity.
    • We believe that Trust and transparency are essential to healthy and enduring relationships.
    • We believe that Continuous learning and service to others are imperative to individual and community progress.
    • We believe that Individuals learn and thrive through connections in a safe, caring, and supportive environment.
    • We believe that Every individual has incredible potential and equal intrinsic value.
    • We believe that High expectations with appropriate supports result in growth.
    • We believe that School, family, and community partnerships enhance and support learning.



    During workshop week before the start of school all staff were invited to an “unpacking” session.  Staff individually reflected on the core values, talked in groups about what we need to start doing, keep doing, and stop doing in order to live our District values, and then considered what action they would take individually and as sites.

    These values were the foundation to the other elements of the strategic plan: Mission, Mission Outcomes, and Strategies.  They will guide our decisions in the years to come.

    It is my hope that you see your own values reflected here and see yourself as part of the District 622 community, committed to developing and empowering lifelong learners to thrive in diverse communities.

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  • Charting the Course for Success

    Posted by Christine Osorio at 4/7/2016

    District 622 is developing a new strategic plan. We last engaged in a strategic planning process 2008. That plan was refined in 2011. A lot has changed in the eight years since our last plan was created. We have seen changes in demographics, graduation requirements, and district programming.


    In order to prepare for a strategic planning process, we began to engage with a variety of stakeholder groups to guide the development of the process. Focus groups that have met thus far to provide input include: School Board members, reps from various labor unions, teacher leaders, principals, cabinet, and Advisory (parents, community representatives, and staff).


    To keep everyone informed throughout this process I want to share with you the themes that have emerged from initial conversations.


    Principles to Guide Strategic Planning Process

    • Engage multiple perspectives representative of our community population
    • Ensure input from all staff within the work day; create safe spaces for authentic input
    • Clear decision-making process with roles of various stakeholders clearly communicated
    • Recognize/celebrate success and what is working


    Principles to Guide the Strategic Plan Product

    • Keep the focus narrow . . . we can’t do it all
    • Keep the focus on the needs of current and future students
    • Unique to 622, capitalizing on our strengths, creating/reflecting our identity
    • Measurable
    • Can be used as a decision-making tool


    Principles to Guide Strategic Plan Implementation

    • Action plans are aligned to the vision, goals, and strategies
    • Continuous improvement – ongoing monitoring and adjusting of goals, strategies, and action plans
    • Ongoing two-way communication between stakeholders and decision makers
    • Courage to release things we have done for years; “Let it go!”
    • Clear roles and accountability


    Please contact me if you have any questions.

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Strategic Plan 
Strategic Plan - adopted on December 13, 2016
World Cafe Summary Report  
Click here to access a summary of the World Cafe strategic planning sessions. Your input was greatly appreciated. 
Links to Strategic Planning Resources