Strategic Planning

Thank you for participating in our THOUGHT EXCHANGE.   

November 2018 

  • 310 Participants
  • 330 Thoughts and ideas
  • 8,680 Ratings

Browse feedback in discover here.   A summary of results will be posted online.

Next steps: 

  • Review and share feedback, design plan with key strategies


We want to be sure that our work, moving forward, is aligned with what you value and believe is important. To collect input, a THOUGHT EXCHANGE was open November 8 - 27.  

SCSD Strategic Planning
Posted on 11/28/2018
Strategic Planning

The Schenectady City School District began the Strategic Planning process in September 2018.  As part of the process, which is led by Studer Education, we are collecting input from students, parents, staff and community members.  More than 20 focus groups were held on September 18-20, 2018.  The district also collected input through Let's Talk through October 12, 2018.  Below is a timeline of work as we move through the process.  We will keep you informed each step of the way. 

The hopes and dreams that you hold for your children and the children of our community are important as we define our educational vision, mission and strategies for achieving goals.

Why A Strategic Plan?

A Strategic Plan defines the vision for success 5 years from now.  It offers a touchstone and why for commitment. 

A Strategic Plan prioritizes key strategies that define how we achieve excellence.

A Strategic Plan requires input from stakeholder groups to be inclusive of all members of our community.

A Strategic Plan will be our roadmap for continuous improvement as move forward.

Strategic Planning 
Timeline of Activities

By September 5, 2018 Develop Planning/ Timeline/Responsibilities
September 18 - 20, 2018 Host Focus Groups with Stakeholders
September 20, 2018 Kick Off Planning Process 
Through October 12, 2018 Collect Input from Stakeholders
October 18, 2018 Analyze Data
November 2, 2018 Draft priorities from data, confirm or revise mission, vision, values
November 7 - 21, 2018 Survey to draft planning priorities
January 11, 2019 Review survey feedback to revise plan and attach key strategies 
February Bring Plan to Board of Education 

October 2018 
Focus Group Feedback

Twenty-three focus groups, including approximately 200 participants were held between September 18 and September 20.  We also collected feedback through Let's Talk.

Focus group participants were asked to share hopes and dreams for students, greatest strengths of the district and areas of opportunity.  

Attached, for each group, is a summary of themes as well as comments in response to focus group questions.

he Next Step

Thought Exchange is open through November 27.

Share your questions, thoughts and ideas!


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