Superintendent of Schools Dr. Wanda Bamberg recently held a strategic planning design kickoff. The initial meeting was with campus and district leaders.
Education, technology, workforce needs and the world are rapidly changing. Is Aldine ISD ensuring students are at the forefront? What do students need to be successful after high school? Do they have the skills to thrive in the 21st century? What are our highest hopes for our learners?
These are some of the questions AISD hopes to answer with the development of a five-year strategic plan.
Bamberg said the plan would help determine how the District moves forward. It would guide decisions, accountability, learner outcomes, goals and action plans for operations.
That process starts with envisioning what the District will look like in five years.
“What will learning spaces look like? What kind of technology will students use? What will they be learning? What programs will we have? Are we supporting and coaching educators for growth in the classrooms?” Bamberg questioned. “We are asking everyone to dream of their ideal education and to share it. What do you want? What is important to you?”
The District will provide an online survey. Focus Group meetings are set for the spring to gather community input. For the process to work, parents, students, staff and community members must take part. Everyone’s input is valuable in writing the story of Aldine’s future.
The next step is to take those ideas and create a strategic plan. It will serve as a guide as the District moves forward. It will also be the guide used to implement the District of Innovation plans.
“The District of Innovation designation will help create incredible opportunities for our students,” said Bamberg. “This is about making decisions that are best for students’ long–term success.”
Bamberg added that the strategic plan would not be a static document. The plan will be dynamic. It will encourage two-way communication between District leaders and staff.
“We will be actively working on the plan, implementing it and reviewing it every year,” she added. “This might include reaching out to strategic partners or willing to let the plan evolve. We will work to continually improve and refine the plan.”
Bamberg has recommended Christina Gómez as project leader. Gómez is director of strategic planning and school improvement. She will help move the process forward and review progress on a regular basis.
Design Team meetings will follow the Focus Group meetings. The Committee will analyze the major themes and work with the Board of Education. Trustees will identify and finalize new strategic goals.
“We’ve accomplished a lot in the last 10 years,” said Bamberg. “But, we’ve got a lot more to do. So long as we continue to work together, we can do some great things for our children.”