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Klein ISD Launches Strategic Plan
May 16 2017 - 07:41:00 pm
70-member team worked relentlessly to bring plan to life 

Klein, TX – The Klein ISD Board of Trustees unanimously approved the district strategic plan on May 8, 2017, after Dr. Bret Champion, superintendent, and Dr. Jenny McGown, chief learning officer, presented an overview and celebrated the work of the strategic planning team.

After receiving more than 600 applications to participate, a team of 70 members were selected to design a strategic plan for the district.

“This committed group of educators, parents and caregivers, business partners, and community members invested deeply in our shared vision over the last several months by thoughtfully creating a plan to make promise to purpose a reality for every student in the district,” Champion said.

This team reviewed over 1,300 pieces of written feedback from the community and sat at the design table with current Klein ISD students to ensure they listened to the unique and diverse perspectives of the Klein ISD community.

“Throughout the strategic planning process we learned together in a variety of ways, reading research and The Innovator’s Mindset, exploring current Klein ISD campuses and classrooms, reviewing our guiding documents, and capitalizing on and honoring the various experiences each member brought to the team,” McGown said.

After the team shared their final recommendations for targets and strategies connected to Pathways, Challenge, Equity, Leadership, and Continuous Improvement, common themes emerged—things like personalized learning, the importance of relationships, and the use of quality feedback to drive future success.

“Our goal was to have a strategic plan that fits on one page—something our entire community can easily identify, explain, and share with others,” Champion said. “We wanted an image that captures not only the key areas of focus for our strategic plan but also the connections with it and our shared vision and guiding documents, Profile of a Learner, Profile of a Leader, and High-Quality Teaching.”

The collective work of the team resulted in three strategic priorities: Reimagine Learning, Build Community, and Cultivate Talent. Each priority connects to specific strategies the team identified for each area of focus. • Reimagine Learning o Personalized Learning o Flexible and Challenging Curriculum o Standards-based Evaluation • Build Community o Relationships, Mentoring, and Partnerships o Engaging, Educating and Equipping Families o Cultural Responsiveness • Cultivate Talent o Best-in-class Leadership Pipeline o Feedback Loops and Self-reflection o Targeted Professional Learning

McGown is excited the plan is woven together through innovative thinking and surrounded by relationships, resources and committed adults, who the district calls “Promise2Purpose Investors”.

“A thread of innovation is what will continue to fuel and connect the specific action plans beneath these three strategic priorities,” McGown said. “And we called out relationships specifically, as the team’s conversations kept coming back to the idea that ‘no significant learning can occur without a significant relationship.’ We also wanted to clearly acknowledge that resources are needed to fuel this plan and that we will need all kinds of Promise2Purpose Investors working this plan to bring our shared vision to life.”

The district’s shared vision is at the heart of the plan, and the guiding documents surround and guide the work. Champion is excited and grateful to the team for their outstanding work.

“I sincerely thank the folks involved in this work as they are some of the most outstanding leaders in our Klein ISD community.  Today’s and tomorrow’s students are better off because of this team’s invested time,” he said.

To read more about the strategic planning process, visit http://vision.kleinisd.net.
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