January 2: With the new year comes a new district strategic plan. Beginning a year ago, the District Leadership Council—the district leadership team consisting of all principals, assistant principals, program directors, and central office leaders—began working on what would emerge from upon the previous eighteen-month strategy that focused upon six overall goals. The Council revisited the district’s mission and vision statements and centered the successor strategy on progress achieved to accomplish the original six goals.
The Council presented to the School Committee early in November a summary of progress against the original plan that had been set to expire in October 2012. At its second meeting in November, the School Committee formally received the new plan that focuses upon three broad goals: 1) To prepare all students for college, career, and life-ling learning through a balanced and healthy school experience, continuity of curricula aligned with Commonwealth and community standards, support for educators to experiment and innovate, and clear articulation of instructional models; 2) To support continuous improvement and overall programmatic and fiscal stability by engaging administrators, teachers, students, and community stakeholders in generally accepted practices of long-term strategic planning; 3) To ensure that students receive instruction from consistently highly qualified educators who pursue continuous improvement of their art by hiring well-prepared and diverse professionals, sustaining continuous professional development by means of clear and coherent plans, and implementing a successful educator evaluation system in line with new Commonwealth standards.
The new goals are thoroughly compatible with the School Committee goals adopted in February 2012. To begin work for achieving the three broad goals, the Council identified nineteen focused initiatives, several of which will continue overall foreseeable future years. For a full description and copy of the strategy, click on the following link: http://www.belmont.k12.ma.us/mission/.