Strategic Planning

Schools and school system must strategically work to effectively engage in meaningful strategic planning processes, firmly anchored in Mission, Vision, and Core Beliefs, to provide the needed focus and structure for the continuous work of improve student learning.


AdvancED Accreditation:


Navigating ASSIST:



Sample Journey:

June: Board approves Strategic Planning process, and Steering Committee members identified.

July: Two-day work session for the Strategic Planning Steering Committee to review the district’s current status and develop guidelines for five Action Teams to develop action steps to develop the strategic plan.

August: Taking work from the Steering Committee, Superintendent organizes Action Teams and set work schedules.

October: Action Teams complete their initial reports, and community members come together to react to the Action Team Reports, with their feedback going to the Steering Committee.

November: The Steering Committee reconvenes to hear the recommendations coming from the Action Teams.  Steering Committee members ask questions, suggest edits and request revisions to the proposed action plans.

December-February: Action Teams complete additional work from Steering Committee feedback, and prepare the plan to go to the Board of Education.

March: The Board approves the finished Strategic Plan, and the staff prepare documents to meet the State Department of Education’s April deadline for submission.

April: The Board of Education submits the district’s final Strategic Plan to the State Department of Education.

August: District’s Strategic Plan used to engage in continuous school improvement for increased student achievement.

Host an External Review Team in Spring of August implementation year.


AdvancED School vs. School System Standards & Indicators

School Systems:

Standard 1: 4 indicators; Standard 2: 6 indicators; Standard 3: 12 indicators; Standard 4: 8 indicators; Standard 5: 5 indicators

Total: 5 Standards, 35 Indicators


Standard 1: 3 indicators (system 1.2 not included for schools); Standard 2: 6 indicators; Standard 3: 12 indicators; Standard 4: 7 indicators (system 4.4 not included for schools); Standard 5: 5 indicators

Total: 5 Standards, 33 Indicators


ERT-School Workbook Standards 1-5

ERT_Systems workbook Standards 1-5




STOP  closure activity– Summarize your learning then Turn and talk to share One take away and Possible next steps


Additional Resources:

AdvancED To Do Items

AdvancED self-assessment_systems_concept

AdvancEd Resources Page


ELEOT Ratings Guide

Discussion Activity using Possible Questions for Use During Interviews_AdvancED


Thank you for engaging in continuous improvement for increased student achievement!

Dereck Rhoads


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