The Lawrence Board of Education hired Greenway Strategy Group to support the design, development, and implementation of a process to determine the strategic direction for the Lawrence Public Schools. Greenway analyzed district student academic data, survey results, and feedback collected during the Superintendent's fall Listening and Learning Tour.
Next, Superintendent Dr. Anthony Lewis invited student, teacher and staff, school board, parent, and community representatives to a Design Team meeting to review the data analysis and discuss priority student outcomes. The district's Executive Leadership Team grouped the Design Team's input into five priority student outcomes and five strategic themes. These make up the draft Strategic Plan Framework.
The school board on February 25 agreed to share the draft framework with the community for feedback. Here is that presentation (PDF). The district hosted five forums: two for high school students, one for teachers and staff, and two open to the community. In addition, the district invited feedback via an online survey.
On March 25, 2019, Martha Greenway shared with the school board highlights of the feedback received and a revised draft Strategic Plan Framework incorporating the feedback. Here is that presentation (PDF).
Next, Greenway trained district Strategy Team leaders for each of the five themes. They worked with their teams for eight weeks to brainstorm ideas around objectives and initiatives, reaching out to experts and stakeholder groups for additional input throughout the process. The Strategy Teams also shared their progress with the district's Executive Leadership Team.
Greenway again shared the draft Strategic Plan Framework, including objectives and initiatives, with the school board on May 13, 2019. Here is that presentation. Following board consensus to move forward with the draft framework, Greenway trained Action Team leaders. These staff members will work with teams throughout the months of May and June to develop action plans for the nine initiatives chosen by the Executive Leadership Team for phase-one implementation during the 2019-2020 school year. These nine initiatives include work around curriculum standards, instructional resources, student supports, instructional framework, teacher observation and feedback, adult connections with students, safety, climate and culture, data use in decision making, and resource allocation.
The board will consider final approval of the strategic plan on June 24, 2019. (Review the draft Strategic Plan Framework, as of 5.13.2019.)