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Seven Essential Tips for Strategic Planning in Schools

Seven Essential Tips for Strategic Planning in Schools

  1. Use strategic thinking, futures thinking and systems thinking to front load your planning and go beyond your school’s current reality. You don’t want to create the school you already have, you want to introduce innovations to meet the changing needs of the 21st Century and global digital natives.
  2. Focus on what is most important for your students and your school.
  3. Understand that while you can’t create the future you can certainly plan for it. An agile and adaptive plan can be flexible when unforeseen challenges arise and help you to stay true to your most important goals during difficult times.
  4. Make sure you use the school’s mission and vision as the foundation to guide your strategic thinking.
  5. Consider 3, 5 or 10-year plans depending on your contextual situation; include annual implementation plans and 90-day action plans with priorities, goals and responsibilities. Remember you can complete goals within an earlier time span or push out to a longer time frame if required, always focusing on what is most important (not urgent!).
  6. Utilize focus groups to provide consultation with the school community, including student voice, to ensure community ownership.
  7. Share the completed strategic plan with the school community and embed it into the life of the school.

If you would like assistance with your school’s strategic plan contact Maxine at thinkstrategicforschools.com.

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