District 8 Strategic Plan
There is a strong link between purpose and performance in any organization. Researchers make a distinction in two types of high purpose organizations. The first, "high camaraderie," describes the feeling among personnel in an organization sensing that they are doing something great, TOGETHER. The second type of purpose, "high clarity," includes leadership within an organization. Leaders with this focus excel at translating purpose into action. A statistically significant performance bump results only within organizations that have 'purpose clarity.'
30,000' THE WHY: VISION & PURPOSE
It is an opportunity to discuss the mission, the meaning, and values of the organization. Leaders and visionaries have the ability to see the horizon which cannot be accomplished from 3'. There is a good view at 14,000'...but an absolutely incredible view at 30,000' - the perspective at this level is unmatched. (Includes District Leadership Team, Board of Education)
14,000' THE WHAT: STRATEGY & PRIORITIES
It is the view and perspective from the 'top of the mountain.' If 30,000' is about vision...then 14,000' is about focus. It is a place to talk about the Strategic Plan and finding clarity around priorities. Every project/plan includes goals, timelines, a team leader, a team, a budget, constraints, etc. (Includes District Leadership Team, Board of Education)
3' THE HOW: EXECUTION & PLAN
This level is best described as the "boots on the ground" or the "feet on the street." It is tactical. It is execution. It is ACTION! (Includes all school and community stakeholders)
In January 2017, Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8 and the Board of Education began work on the five-year strategic plan for 2017-2022 to guide future decision-making and policy development. The process the District utilized involved five stages of work:
Step 1: Gathering Perspectives
The District initiated discussion with stakeholders to answer the following questions: Where are we now? Where are we going? How do we close our current gaps? The District utilized several data collection methods and data sources including: parent and student surveys, the previous District Strategic Plan, conversations with District committees, and regular improvement planning conducted with building leaders.
Step 2: Planning
In the planning stage, the District utilized the data and information gathered to establish strategic plan priorities and identify potential challenges to fulfilling the District’s vision.
Step 3: Action
The action stage prioritizes the identified outcomes and determines what resources are available and additional resources that may be necessary.
Step 4: Validation
The validation stage involves periodic evaluations, both formal and informal, of progress over the next five years on the strategic plan priorities.
Step 5: Renewing Perspectives
In 2022, the District will review the success of the current strategic plan and determine: Where are we now? Where are we going? How do we close our current gaps? What do we need to eliminate or add? These questions will be evaluated during future strategic planning.