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ADOPTED April 15, 2013

Strategic Planning and Visioning: Board Presentation Riverdale School District Presented by Coraggio Group April 15, 2013


Strategic Planning and Visioning: Steering Committee Members •

Lisa Becker – interim GS Principal

Paula Robinson – HS Principal

Heather Bogaty – GS PTC

Michael Taylor - interim Superintendent

Barbara Chalmers - Community

David Thompson - HS Faculty

Elizabeth Friedman – Student

Kathleen Tully – HS PTC

Marybeth Fossati - Foundation

Sharon Whitehill - GS Faculty

Mike Gunter – RSD School Board Chair

Elizabeth Larkin – In District Parent

Elaine Lowe – Out of District Parent

Michael Murray – HS Counselor

Ron Penner-Ash - In District Parent

Larissa Reece – GS Faculty

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Where we’ve been since August….

15 One-on-one Interviews Parent Focus Groups

Strategic Anchors

Community Focus Group Strategic Mandates

Faculty Focus Group

Student Focus Group

Stakeholder Input and Report Out (August – October)

Unique Value

School Community and Faculty

Areas of Focus

Strategic Planning and Visioning Worksessions (September – February)

Feedback Forums (February – March)

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RIVERDALE SCHOOL DISTRICT STRATEGIC PRIORITIES 2013/14 – 2017/18 ADOPTED April 15, 2013 OUR STRATEGIC ANCHORS OUR VISION: Students learn to use their minds well, engage creatively and act compassionately. OUR MISSION: Riverdale develops inquisitive, imaginative and eager learners. Our students demonstrate academic mastery through exhibition to become effective communicators and responsible leaders. OUR UNIQUE VALUE: Riverdale students experience a collaborative and personal small school learning environment that integrates art, music and experiential-learning with core academic disciplines and Coalition of Essential Schools principles.

2013/14—2017/18 KEY AREAS OF FOCUS

② LEADERSHIP

③ FINANCIAL STABILITY

LEARNING EXPERIENCE & CURRICULUM

STAFF DEVELOPMENT & EVALUATION

COMMUNICATION

COMMUNITY

• Communication assessment completed by the October 2013 Regular Board meeting • Staff to prepare and present a Marketing plan and annual calendar of Marketing/PR efforts, to be presented to the Board by the August Regular Board meeting of each year. • Increase awareness of Riverdale High School and Riverdale Grade School to attract and grow our tuition student base

• Offer 20 total internships by 2017. • Increase community engagement in the development of the annual district budget. • Conduct a biennial community survey • Increase number of events including the community (e.g. Garden Tour, Carnival, Reading Partners, Concerts, etc.)

• Evaluate current communication, assess options, and propose improvements to engage parents, teachers and community (message, constituency, frequency, delivery) • Improve and align tools for parent-teacher communication • Develop a multi-year marketing and PR plan • Evaluate and benchmark admissions process • Communicate Five Year Strategic plan to stakeholders and integrate into district operations

• Create a student internship/job shadow program • Leverage broad community resources to provide enrichment opportunities • Coordinate community building efforts within respective roles through District Development Committee • Create a culture of appreciation and celebration of our schools • Identify opportunities to reach out to the community and share our success (e.g. newsletter)

KEY OBJECTIVES • All District goals and policies are kept current and align with the five year strategic plan. • District administrative leadership positions are filled with exceptional, qualified talent and are supported and developed in their roles. • Stakeholders are integrated into leadership structure.

• Board to establish optimal enrollment targets by grade and by school. • Board to set recruitment goals by December 31 of each year. • District will strive to offer students a low faculty to student ratio while ensuring a financially healthy and sustainable district. • Superintendent to develop a multi-year fiscal plan for the district by March 1, 2013, to be updated annually by end of February.

• CES Implementation goals established for Grade School and High School by November 15, 2013 • Curriculum is aligned and consistent with Common Core State Standards for all grade levels and available on ATLAS by July 1, 2015 • The Board will adopt a Technology Plan by January 15, 2014, to be reviewed and revised by June 30 each year • Riverdale High School and Riverdale Grade School both receive “Outstanding” rating every year from DOE

• RSD Board adopts and implements a policy for an effective teacher evaluation process by July 1, 2013 • 100% of district teaching staff receive initial professional development on CES principles by June 30, 2014 and a calendar for ongoing education. • Each staff member receives an annual performance evaluation and feedback on staff development goals. • Each staff member will make satisfactory progress on their individual growth goals annually.

2013/14—2017/18 KEY INITIATIVES OUR STRATEGIC MANDATES • Provide an outstanding, wellrounded education that engages our students • Assure a financially healthy and sustainable district • Attract, develop and retain an exceptional faculty, administration and school staff • Foster a respectful, vibrant, and welcoming community through collaborative, honest and professional relationships

• Conduct an organizational needs assessment • Define, nurture and retain key positions and teams (recruit, ensure personality fit, assess and develop) • Define the governance structure for leadership teams • Comply with and implement state requirements and district policies • Integrate students and parents into leadership structure • Ensure implementation of the program

• Maintain and monitor state financial compliance • Define the ideal programs for our District as a guide for our priorities • Develop multi-year fiscal plan for the district (includes program projections, staffing plan, enrollment targets) • Create, clarify and deliver our unique value • Establish a District Development Committee to articulate need for donations, use of donations and coordinate fundraising. • Develop an implementation plan and review annually

• Continue to build, evaluate, and implement the K-12 curriculum map • Develop a plan to integrate digital technology into the curriculum • Identify three areas of focus based on the CES principles and integrate into teaching methods/ practices, student standards and evaluation methods • Integrate CES areas of focus with Common Core State Standards • Develop an experiential learning plan to supplement the curriculum • Explore the opportunity for a tuition summer school

• Develop and implement an actionable staff development plan with measureable goals at the staff and individual level • Identify resources and experts to support individual teacher growth goals and plans of assistance and improvement • Conduct annual performance evaluations in accordance with SB290


Our Strategic Anchors

OUR VISION: Students learn to use their minds well, engage creatively and act compassionately.

OUR MISSION: Riverdale develops inquisitive, imaginative and eager learners. Our students demonstrate academic mastery through exhibition to become effective communicators and responsible leaders. OUR UNIQUE VALUE: Riverdale students experience a collaborative and personal small school learning environment that integrates art, music and experiential-learning with core academic disciplines and Coalition of Essential Schools principles.

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Our Strategic Mandates

• Provide an outstanding, well-rounded education that engages our students • Assure a financially healthy and sustainable district • Attract, develop and retain an exceptional faculty, administration and school staff • Foster a respectful, vibrant, and welcoming community through collaborative, honest and professional relationships.

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Area of Focus #1: Leadership KEY OBJECTIVES

• All District goals and policies are kept current and align with the five year strategic plan. • District administrative leadership positions are filled with exceptional, qualified talent and are supported and developed in their roles. • Stakeholders are integrated into leadership structure.

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Area of Focus #1: Leadership 2013/14 – 2017/18 KEY INITIATIVES

• Conduct an organizational needs assessment • Define, nurture and retain key positions and teams (recruit, ensure personality fit, assess and develop) • Define the governance structure for leadership teams • Comply with and implement state requirements and district policies • Integrate students and parents into leadership structure • Ensure implementation of the program

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Area of Focus #2: Financial Stability KEY OBJECTIVES

• Board to establish optimal enrollment targets by grade and by school. • Board to set recruitment goals by December 31 of each year.

• District will strive to offer students a low faculty to student ratio while ensuring a financially healthy and sustainable district. • Superintendent to develop a multi-year fiscal plan for the district by March 1, 2013, to be updated annually by end of February.

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Area of Focus #2: Financial Stability 2013/14 – 2017/18 KEY INITIATIVES

• Maintain and monitor state financial compliance • Define the ideal programs for our District as a guide for our priorities • Develop multi-year fiscal plan for the district (includes program projections, staffing plan, enrollment targets) • Create, clarify and deliver our unique value • Establish a District Development Committee to articulate need for donations, use of donations and coordinate fundraising. • Develop an implementation plan and review annually

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Area of Focus #3: Learning Experience & Curriculum KEY OBJECTIVES

• CES Implementation goals established for Grade School and High School by November 15, 2013 • Curriculum is aligned and consistent with Common Core State Standards for all grade levels and available on ATLAS by July 1, 2015 • The Board will adopt a Technology Plan by January 15, 2014, to be reviewed and revised by June 30 each year • Riverdale High School and Riverdale Grade School both receive “Outstanding” rating every year from DOE

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Area of Focus #3: Learning Experience & Curriculum 2013/14 – 2017/18 KEY INITIATIVES

• Continue to build, evaluate, and implement the K-12 curriculum map • Develop a plan to integrate digital technology into the curriculum • Identify three areas of focus based on the CES principles and integrate into teaching methods/practices, student standards and evaluation methods • Integrate CES areas of focus with Common Core State Standards • Develop an experiential learning plan to supplement the curriculum • Explore the opportunity for a tuition summer school

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Area of Focus #4: Staff Development & Evaluation KEY OBJECTIVES

• RSD Board adopts and implements a policy for an effective teacher evaluation process by July 1, 2013 • 100% of district teaching staff receive initial professional development on CES principles by June 30, 2014 and a calendar for ongoing education. • Each staff member receives an annual performance evaluation and feedback on staff development goals. • Each staff member will make satisfactory progress on their individual growth goals annually.

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Area of Focus #4: Staff Development & Evaluation 2013/14 – 2017/18 KEY INITIATIVES

• Develop and implement an actionable staff development plan with measureable goals at the staff and individual level • Identify resources and experts to support individual teacher growth goals and plans of assistance and improvement

• Conduct annual performance evaluations in accordance with SB290

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Area of Focus #5: Communication KEY OBJECTIVES

• Communication assessment completed by the October, 2013 Regular Board meeting. • Staff to prepare and present a Marketing plan and annual calendar of Marketing/PR efforts, to be presented to the Board by the August Regular Board meeting of each year. • Increase awareness of Riverdale High School and Riverdale Grade School to attract and grow our tuition student base

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Area of Focus #5: Communication 2013/14 – 2017/18 KEY INITIATIVES

• Evaluate current communication, assess options, and propose improvements to engage parents, teachers and community (message, constituency, frequency, delivery) • Improve and align tools for parent-teacher communication

• Develop a multi-year marketing and PR plan • Evaluate and benchmark admissions process • Communicate Five Year Strategic plan to stakeholders and integrate into district operations

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Area of Focus #6: Community KEY OBJECTIVES

• Offer 20 total internships by 2017 • Increase community engagement in the development of the annual district budget • Conduct a biennial community survey • Increase number of events including the community (e.g. Garden Tour, Carnival, Reading Partners program, Concerts, etc.)

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Area of Focus #6: Community 2013/14 – 2017/18 KEY INITIATIVES

• Create a student internship/job shadow program 2013/14 – 2017/18 KEY INITIATIVES • Leverage broad community resources to provide enrichmentof • Establish expectations opportunities “what it takes” to run our district • Coordinate community building efforts withinarespective • Create culture of roles through District Development Committee appreciation and celebration of our schools • Create a culture of appreciation and• celebration of our schools Identify opportunities to reach out to the community and • Identify opportunities to reach out to the community and share our share our success success (e.g. newsletter) • Establish RSD as a certified Emergency Shelter

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Riverdale Strategic Plan