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    Note: This page is related to the development of the 2013-19 Strategic Plan. Please visit our current strategic plan webpage for information about the current Seattle Public Schools Strategic Plan.


    Proposed Five-year Strategic Plan Introduced to School Board

    On June 19, 2013 a proposed five-year Strategic Plan (2013-2018) to guide the school district's academic and operational goals was formally introduced to the School Board.


    On July 3, 2013, the School Board approved a new five-year Strategic Plan by a 6-0 vote. The plan was developed over the previous 6 months and was informed by families, principals, teachers, staff, the Board and the community.

    The goals for the next five years are:

    • Ensure Educational Excellence and Equity for Every Student
    • Improve Systems district-wide to Support Academic Outcomes and Meet Students' Needs
    • Strengthen School, Family and Community Engagement

    Staff reviewing how to implement feedback from Strategic Plan town hall meetings

    Families, staff and community members attended regional town hall meetings in March, providing valuable feedback and fresh ideas for Seattle Public Schools. Now, the District is reviewing how to implement some of those ideas expressed during the community meetings.

    Participants offered specific suggestions for improvements during small group discussions and in writing on "Idea Cards." 

    Presentations of five community meetings held in March 2014.

    Survey on Draft Revisions to Strategic Plan Framework

    Seattle Public Schools is updating its five-year strategic plan, Excellence for All. We asked staff, families, students and members of the community to share feedback through a new survey, which closed on April 15, 2014. This survey asked for an assessment of the draft District vision, mission and core beliefs statements, as well as the draft goals and strategies.

    The draft statements, goals and strategies were created with a taskforce consisting of families, teachers, principals, staff, and community and business members. The taskforce assessed Excellence for All and offered recommended changes.

    Past Community Meetings on Updating the District's Strategic Plan

    Seattle Public Schools hosted five community meetings in 2013 to share information and asked for public comments about updating the District's current Strategic Plan, Excellence for All. The updated plan will guide academic and operational priorities for the next three to five years and include ongoing benchmarking to measure the District's performance.

    The community meetings were held at Eckstein Middle School, Chief Sealth High School, Garfield High School, Ballard High School and Aki Kurose Middle School. Each meeting included a joint presentation by district staff and Pivot Learning Partners, the consultants hired to assist the district with the strategic planning process; a summary of the work of the Strategic Plan Task Force and an opportunity for community attendees to offer their perspectives verbally and/or in writing. The updated Strategic Plan is expected to be presented to the School Board for introduction at the June 19 Board meeting and for action at the July 3 Board meeting.

    Strategic Plan Stakeholder Taskforce

    A key element to gathering feedback is the formation of a Stakeholder Taskforce. The taskforce, made up of approximately 70 people, is a diverse group that includes parents/guardians, teachers, principals, district staff, and community and business leaders. Task force members will offer feedback on the strengths and weaknesses of the district; the student and district profiles; and the vision, mission, and core beliefs of the district; as well as make recommendations on strategic goals and initiatives.