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Glenview School District 34

TRANSITION PLAN Dane A. Delli, Ph.D. Superintendent

Cover art courtesy of Glenview District 34 students.


Superintendent Transition Plan Introduction Glenview School District 34 has long been known as a high achieving school district that provides a quality education for students. The purpose for this transition plan is to outline how I will continue to honor the past while refocusing new energy on aligning our resources to ensure a world class educational experience for all of our students. This process begins with developing a deep understanding of the state of the district as well as individual schools. Listening, learning and building critical internal and external relationships will be key elements to building this foundational knowledge about the district’s strengths, challenges and opportunities. Glenview District 34’s mission is “To empower children to be self-directed learners and responsible decision makers.” As the leader of this organization, I am committed to the achievement of this mission that is rooted in a strategic plan our Board of Education carefully developed in collaboration with all stakeholders.

Structure and Timeline The entry plan began in January 2017 and will conclude in 2018. This time frame will allow me the time to meet with identified stakeholders in formal and informal venues, perform data analyses, conduct program and systems evaluations and begin the comprehensive process for developing an operational plan based on the mutual expectations and priorities of the District 34 Board of Education. To help in this process, I will create a transition team to review the District 34 strategic plan, findings from all audits, evaluations of the district’s organizational structure, educational programs, management and governance processes, systems effectiveness and efficiencies, human resources, learning and working environments, and district finances. The team will include knowledgeable members of the District 34 staff as well as outside experts.

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Superintendent Transition Plan

The Plan Contains 3 Phases to be Executed in 2017 and Early 2018: Phase I Pre-Entry January — June 30, 2017

Phase II Entry July 1 — December 31, 2017

Phase III Action Planning January 2018

This Entry Plan Addresses the Following Goals

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To focus organizational efforts and align resources, financial and human, to ensure all students are provided a world-class education that will prepare them to be high school, college, and global workforce ready.

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To learn and recognize the school district and individual school building cultures

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To assess the state of the school district, including core approaches to teaching and learning, operations, business systems, finances and budgeting, reviewing externally funded and conducted audits, evaluations and reviews in order to take timely action for improvement.

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To review strategic planning, with an eye toward a continued focus on best practice strategies in teaching and learning and supporting best practice operational strategies.

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Superintendent Transition Plan STRUCTURE AND TIMELINE: The entry plan’s activities, based on goals and anticipated outcomes, are organized into the following key areas:

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Governance Team/ Board of Education

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Student Achievement

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Organizational Leadership Capacity and Alignment

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Community and Public Relations

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Operations, Facilities, and Finance

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Superintendent Transition Plan ENTRY

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I. Governance Team/ Board of Education: The following activities are intended to establish working relationships with individual board members and the board as a whole, ascertain the board’s priorities for the district and initiate the strategic process that will guide future district reforms. • Schedule initial meetings with individual school board members • Meet with the Board President and committee chairs (if appropriate) to determine how they work together and with the superintendent • Work with the board to establish a process to review existing board policies to determine alignment with reform and operational goals and objectives

Assess board satisfaction with its own professional development • Visit various community organizations with individual school board members • Conduct school visits with interested individual school board members beginning in September

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Superintendent Transition Plan ENTRY

2. Student Achievement:

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The following activities are intended to establish an understanding of current strategies, as well as strengths and opportunities for improvement in the district’s instructional program.

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• Meet with district and building level instructional leaders to discuss achievement data, instructional program design alignment and current goals and priority action areas for the district • Conduct learning walks with Board members and/or school administrators to assess the current landscape of teaching and learning • Assess current data and performance of all schools to determine quality of actions designed for continuous improvement • Explore the current state of assessment tools, strategic data monitoring and reporting • Assess the current professional development planning approach and structure for all staff and leadership team members • Examine the role of principals, assistant principals, and student service coordinators • Review regular education, at-risk and special education program designs • Identify common characteristics present in highly effective District 34 schools

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Superintendent Transition Plan ENTRY

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3. Organizational Leadership Capacity and Alignment: The following activities are intended to establish a strong and appropriately focused administrative team. • Review the district’s strategic plan, accountability for performance, various management systems and overall leadership structure • Determine how communication and decision-making will occur within the leadership team • Establish the administrative leadership team’s operational ground rules and focus on clarity and coherence • Conduct one-on-one conversations with all direct reports and building administrators • Conduct a retreat with administrative leadership team • Conduct an organizational review to assess functionality, efficacy and efficiency of the current organizational structure • Audit current district and school safety planning

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Superintendent Transition Plan ENTRY

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4. Community and Public Relations: The following activities are designed to develop an understanding of the district’s approach to community relations and strategic communications • Review current internal communications strategies and approaches • Review current external communications strategies and approaches • Analyze current use of social media as a communications strategy • Explore opportunities to develop a comprehensive, integrated communications plan • Audit existing communications plan and summarize results • Attend New Teacher Orientation session • District 34 summer school visits with appropriate elementary and middle school director • Regular visits to every school throughout the school year • Initial one-on-one meetings with leadership of all employee unions • Attend individual school PTA meetings, PTA Council, GEF, SNAP 34, and events as invited • Attend back to school celebrations • Attend regular meetings of various groups and organizations including Kiwanis, Rotary, Chamber of Commerce, Glenview Values, Glenview Optimists, Glenview Senior Center, and Wesley Child Care • Community celebrations, including festivals, fairs, etc.

Elected and Appointed Officials: • Initial and ongoing meetings with local officials including Village President, Village Manager, Park District Director, Police and Fire Chiefs • Meeting with Illinois State Superintendent Tony Smithe. • Participation in ED-RED to connect with Local and State officials

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Superintendent Transition Plan ENTRY

5. OPERATIONS AND FINANCE:

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The following activities are intended to understand the current strategies, strengths, and opportunities for improvement in the district’s operations, learning and working environments, and finance.

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• Review all employee group contracts, including expiration dates and plans for negotiations of renewals • Understand district’s information technology systems and plans for the future. Review of the District 34 DALFA Plan will be part of building this understanding • Understand district accountability plan for operational areas • Review and assess short term and long term facility needs with an emphasis on learning and working environments. Meet with district architect as part of this review • Review key district financial reports (including current CFAC report), budget, most recent audit, and grants • Conduct one-on-one meetings with direct reports on finances, operations, and human resources • Review district’s financial projections, long-range planning, resource allocation and budgeting processes • Assess how District 34’s budget and budgeting process is aligned to support student achievement • Meet with district attorney to review any legal issues impacting the district as well as to be briefed on existing and proposed laws and regulations that may impact the district • Meet with district transportation providers to review contract and discuss any ongoing issues or areas of improvement

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Superintendent Transition Plan CULMINATION OF THE PLAN Although the superintendent will engage the board in ongoing dialogue throughout the entry plan calendar, a report to the Board of Education will be provided by the superintendent once the entry plan is complete. The report provided to the board will contain a combination of qualitative, anecdotal, and quantitative data as well as confidential information involving personnel. A summary of the report will be made available to the public on the district’s homepage.

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Superintendent Transition Plan EXPECTED OUTCOMES: It is anticipated that the implementation of this entry plan will result in the following outcomes, thereby enabling the superintendent to make informed decisions and recommendations: 1. A summary of the feedback obtained from the stakeholders conversations during the “listening and learning� meetings outlined in this entry plan. 2. Summarized findings from all audits, reviews and evaluations of the district’s organizational structure, programs, processes, systems, human resources, learning and working environments, and finances. 3. Assessment of executive leadership and organizational structure and identification of any design/staffing changes needed to ensure optimal productivity, efficacy and efficiency. 4. Build foundational understanding to begin facilitating short and longrange planning in identified key areas.

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Superintendent Transition Plan Our Mission To empower children to be self-directed learners and responsible decision makers.

District 34 Board of Education Sam Ach, President Natalie Jachtorowycz, Vice President Jim Baumstark John Heggie Katie Jones Jackie Lutz Diane Stefani

Find us on Twitter and Facebook Contact us Phone: 847-998-5000 Internet: www.glenview34.org Mail: 1401 Greenwood Road Glenview, IL 60026

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