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One Simplified District

Strategic Plan  

BY TONY WAGNER

James Merrill
James Merrill, superintendent of the Virginia Beach City Public Schools, presents his district's success.

Virginia Beach’s strategic plan, “Compass to 2015: A Strategic Plan for Student Success,” contained one strategic goal, four outcomes for students and five strategic objectives.

The streamlined document fits on a single two-sided page distributed by the school district.

Below are a few excerpts. The complete plan is available on the district’s website at www.vbschools.com/compass/StrategicPlan.pdf.

Strategic Goal
“ … the near term goal is that by 2015, 95 percent or more of VBCPS students will graduate having mastered the skills that they need to succeed as 21st century learners, workers and citizens.”

Outcomes for Student Success
All VBCPS students will be:

  • Academically proficient;
  • Effective communicators and collaborators;
  • Globally aware, independent, responsible learners and citizens; and
  • Critical and creative thinkers, innovators and problem solvers.

Strategic Objectives

  • All teachers will engage every student in meaningful, authentic and rigorous work through the use of innovative instructional practices and supportive technologies that will motivate students to be self-directed and inquisitive learners.
  • VBCPS will develop and implement a balanced assessment system that accurately reflects student demonstration and mastery of VBCPS outcomes for student success.
  • Each school will improve achievement for all students while closing achievement gaps for identified student groups, with particular focus on African American males.
  • VBCPS will create opportunities for parents and community and business leaders to fulfill their essential roles as actively engaged partners in supporting student achievement and outcomes for student success.
  • VBCPS will be accountable for developing essential leader, teacher and staff competencies and optimizing all resources to achieve the school division’s strategic goal and outcomes for student success.
     
All teachers will engage every student in meaningful, authentic and rigorous work through the use of innovative instructional practices and supportive technologies that will motivate students to be self-directed and inquisitive learners.

 

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