Strategic Plan 2015-2020
In the fall of the 2014-2015 school year, District 65 launched a community engagement process to develop the district's new strategic plan. The previous five-year strategic plan was set to expire and with new leadership, the time was right to engage in thinking and planning for the future. Over 2,000 stakeholders were involved in the plan's development. The district offered multiple opportunities for engagement, including focus groups, an online survey, and town hall meetings - to make sure that everyone's voice could be heard.
The District 65 Strategic Plan is grounded in seminal research conducted at the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research. This research identified five essential supports for school improvement: effective leaders, collaborative teachers, family and community engagement, safe and supportive climate, and ambitious instruction. The study found that when at least three of these five essentials are present - especially principal leadership, ambitious instruction, and collaborative teaching - schools will perform at a higher level. The strategic plan priority areas capture all five of the essential supports (with supports around principal leadership and teacher collaboration represented by the"Thriving Workforce" dimension). In addition to the school-level supports, a fifth priority area was included around financial sustainability to ensure the district's long-term ability to deliver on the goals and strategies outlined in the strategic plan.
The District 65 Strategic Plan was unanimously approved by the School Board on March 23, 2015.
Reporting our progress
The District 65 Administration and Board of Education are committed to honest and transparent communication on the progress in implementing the plan - both the successes and challenges. Click on the 'Reporting Our Progress' link on the left-hand side of this page to learn more about reporting measures.