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Strategic Plan 2010-2015
By a unanimous vote, the San Juan Unified School District Board of Education adopted a five-year results-based strategic plan at a special meeting June 23 that also celebrated the six months, 12,000 combined hours, and dedication of more than 300 volunteers that went into developing the plan.
“If you don’t know where you’re headed you won’t know how you’re going to get there,” said parent Juan Yniguez. “The collaborative thinking between staff, students, parents, and community was a huge benefit. The strategic plan is what San Juan Unified needs to align the efforts going on in our schools each day to ensure that each student can and will learn.”
The strategic planning process began in January of 2009 when the 30-person Planning Team, composed of members representing the diverse stakeholder groups in the District, met for the first time. Using a consensus model of decision making, the group was able to reach 100 percent agreement on a list of core shared beliefs, a new mission representing the community’s loftiest aspirations for the District, objectives, strategic parameters that will guide implementation of the plan, and seven unique strategies designed to achieve the objectives and mission.
More than 280 volunteers then took over and met on Monday nights between February and May 2010 to design operational action plans for each of the seven strategies identified by the Planning Team. Participation on Action Teams was open to anyone who stepped forward and attracted students, parents, community members, teachers, staff, and administrators to be part of the groups. The Action Teams also used a consensus model of decision making that required everyone in the room agree before an item would become a part of the plan.
“At a time when much of public education is trapped in fiscal crisis, San Juan Unified’s Board of Education and community have chosen to focus on improving teaching and learning and creating better futures for our students,” said San Juan Unified Superintendent Dr. Pat Jaurequi. “Our strategic plan will enable us to focus our limited resources and truly educate and inspire our students to succeed and contribute to the world around them.”
How the Plan is Organized
Today, San Juan’s Strategic Plan focuses the work at a system level, at school sites, and in departments. It clearly describes where we are headed and how we will measure our progress, through our mission and objectives. The shared beliefs in the plan describe the foundation which guides the work of everyone: parents, staff, students, and community. The strategies, each with a set of result-based action plans, describe the work being prioritized in San Juan Unified. Completion of these action plans, with effective results, will ensure that our district is on its way toward achieving its mission.
In order to maximize the effect seen from the strategic planning process, a similar planning process is taking place in each of the District’s 70 schools in the next four years. The goal is to create site-based plans that align to the District’s new strategic plan, creating a coherent vision for the district’s future.
Revisiting the Plan
Actions within the plan are reported to the Board of Education on a quarterly basis. These quarterly reports detail the work occurring in support of a specific strategy. Additionally, at the end of each school year, data is collected and analyzed in order to determine progress toward the measurable objectives. Finally, the original Planning Team continues working with the plan, following progress closely, and will revisit the plan in November 2011.
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