Community invited to help create new strategic plan for Metro Schools

Starting this week, community members are invited to weigh in on the various elements that will make up the new strategic plan for Metro Nashville Public Schools. The plan is already beginning with a strong base of extensive input on district needs gathered from parents, employees, community leaders and national education experts. Through a series of opportunities between now and March 2017, the public will provide continuous input for many of the plans’ most important parts as they are developed.

The first component of the plan open for feedback is the vision, mission and core values statements drafted collaboratively by Dr. Shawn Joseph, his leadership team and the Board of Education. Community members can review the draft statements and offer their opinions and comments by completing an online survey available at Employees and families of Metro Schools are especially encouraged to give their input.

Similar feedback opportunities will be made available over the next four months as other major elements of the plan are drafted, including student and school characteristics, organizational key performance indicators, improvement strategies, annual priorities and action steps.

“I have spent a significant amount of time during my first few months on the job listening to the community’s hopes and dreams for Metro Schools,” Dr. Joseph said. “We have synthesized all of that information, along with community input gathered over the course of a year through the Nashville Public Education Foundation’s Project RESET, and we’re now ready to present a new vision and plan of action to guide our schools going forward.”

Dr. Joseph recently concluded his first 100 days on the job, which were guided by an entry plan that put community outreach and input gathering on the top of the district’s agenda. He presented his 100 Day Report at a Board meeting last night, where he explained how the groundwork has been laid for a comprehensive strategic planning process that will extend through mid-March. In addition to his own observations gleaned from 74 school visits, Dr. Joseph held numerous community meetings and appointed a Transition Team to conduct a deep analysis of the district.

“Even though the plan is based on feedback we’ve already gathered, it would not be a true community-driven plan without giving our employees and families the chance to weigh in as we’re drafting each part of it,” said Anna Shepherd, chair of the Board of Education. “Community buy-in is critical to the plan’s success because it’s going to require the entire community to implement it.

This is not a plan just for the school system. It’s a plan for how Nashville as a whole is going to move forward in the area of public education.”
The district’s new strategic plan will identify key levers of change that can help focus the work of numerous nonprofits, faith-based organizations, parents and community volunteers who are already supporting Metro Schools.

“Imagine Nashville unified around a set of shared strategic goals that would ensure every student in every school gets access to a high quality education,” Dr. Joseph said. “This is an invitation to help us accomplish exactly that.”

The entire strategic planning process will be documented online, including revisions to the individual components based on the feedback received.
Interested community members are encouraged to visit regularly to see the plan’s progress and current feedback opportunities.