Strategic Planning for Public School Districts
Bring your community together to create a collaborative vision for learning.
What are your highest hopes for learners?
Since 2011, engage2learn (e2L) has partnered with hundreds of districts nationwide to collaboratively develop and implement customized strategic plans designed to:
school- and/or district-specific challenges and needs.
teacher support and retention through targeted talent development
inclusive learning environments that improve outcomes for all learners.
high-performance, growth-focused learning cultures.
leadership and teacher capacity to achieve high-level district goals.
Trusted by public schools nationwide, including:
“We did our research and we looked at other districts that partnered with engage2learn. They all said… it wasn’t cookie cutter. It was individualized for each district community, and that’s what we needed. We wanted something that was just for us.”
“This is not top-down. It’s building together, collective ownership, and unity — looking at it from the perspective of student success. The endgame is the student.”
“It’s actionable! And because it’s actionable, our kids are going to soar.”
K-12 Strategic Planning gives public schools an actionable plan to help the district achieve its goals for students and the broader community.
Based on the principles of design thinking and backward design, the e2L Strategic Design Model is a research-based, aspirational process, centered around engaging the entire school/district community in identifying and working toward an agreed-upon vision for learning and creating an actionable plan to make that vision a reality.
ENGAGE your community in determining their highest hopes for learners and their goals for the school/district.
Conduct in-depth focus groups, summits, and surveys with key stakeholders and community members to gather a comprehensive and diverse range of opinions, expectations, and hopes. Rather than taking a top-down approach, e2L includes and engages all stakeholders in sharing their diverse perspectives to represent the rich makeup of each school community.
DESIGN the conditions necessary for thorough, long-term strategic planning and outcomes.
Establish a Strategic Planning & Design Team that is representative of the diverse school community, take inventory of past and current initiatives, analyze existing school/district resources, and determine shared beliefs, behaviors, learner profile skills, etc. A comprehensive analysis of school initiatives and resources enables the design team to identify what historically has driven outcomes and adjust or abandon what hasn’t, eliminating potential hurdles at the start of the project.
CREATE sequenced specific results spanning 3-5 years.
Review and analyze goals, select agreed-upon Specific Results aligned to the insights from the first two phases, and plan a timeline of tactics, strategies, and results. By sequencing specific goals and actions across a 3-5 year timeline, the design team bridges the gap between planning and executing, creates a system of accountability, and provides a clear pathway to achieving the vision for learning.
LEAD the school/district through implementation by planning for responsible rollout.
Develop a Year-1 Action Plan and responsible rollout to enable implementation and professional growth that leads to desired outcomes for learners through targeted coaching, competency-based learning pathways, and badging and micro-credentialing.
Ready to create your community-inspired vision for learning?
Strategic Design Resources & Articles
5 Essentials for Successful Strategic Planning
March 04, 2022
Download and share this free e2L resource to help make your district's next strategic planning the most successful yet.
Successful Strategic Planning in the Age of COVID
March 04, 2022
Public education leader Dr. Art Cavazos shares his expertise on the value of strategic planning, even during times of crisis.
Designing a Community Inspired Vision for Every Learner | engage2learn
August 05, 2019
engage2learn’s Founder & CEO, Shannon K. Buerk, recently facilitated the Idea Summit in Garland ISD to help district and community stakeholders come together to provide valuable input that will ultimately shape the vision for learning for every Garland ISD learner.... Read More