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:
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.
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
Principles to Guide the Strategic Plan Product
Principles to Guide Strategic Plan Implementation
Please contact me if you have any questions.