Berkley Schools Strategic Plan: Updating Vision, Mission, Tagline & Goals

In 2020, Berkley Schools created a new draft of a District Vision, Mission and Tagline. The new strategic plan proposal, including the new guiding principles will go to the Board of Education for approval in the spring of 2022. Below are all the proposed plans.

Proposed Guiding Principles

District Vision

We will inspire, empower and lead with our students, staff, and community to become a model district.

District Mission

Student achievement and success are at the center of all we do. Our mission is to inspire, empower and lead each and every learner in the quest to realize their full potential.

District Tagline

Inspire. Empower. Lead.

Proposed Strategic Plan

See Goals 1-5 below and the Focus Areas and Strategies that accompany each goal.

Goal 1: Thinking and Learning

Inspire, empower, and lead a culture of thinking and learning for students, staff, and community as we continually strive to become a model district.

Focus Area 1 - 21st Century Learning Skills: Critical Thinking, Creativity, Collaboration, Communication Skills, Citizenship, and Character

  • Strategy 1: Prepare all students to be college and career ready
  • Strategy 2: Focus professional learning on high impact instructional strategies
  • Strategy 3: Grow understanding of the cultural forces (expectations, environment, language, opportunities, modeling, interactions, time, and routines) that impact thinking and learning
  • Strategy 4: Implement and evaluate research-based and evidenced-based instructional practices and curriculum

Focus Area 2 - Equitable Opportunities for All Students

  • Strategy 1: Partner with organizations that support equal opportunities 
  • Strategy 2: Provide all with professional learning about cultural proficiencies
  • Strategy 3: Provide parents with opportunities to learn about school and community resources 

Focus Area 3 - Collaborative Learning Culture 

  • Strategy 1: Support staff with coaching opportunities
  • Strategy 2: Provide job-embedded professional learning
  • Strategy 3: Support Thinc teams

Focus Area 4 - Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports for Academic Learning

  • Strategy 1: Grow staff capacity of Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports
  • Strategy 2: Make data-informed decisions
  • Strategy 3: Promote best practices in alignment with IDEA and MARSE

Goal 2: Equity & Well-being

Inspire, empower, and lead a culture of equity and well-being for students, staff, and community as we continually strive to become a model district.

Focus Area 1 - Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports for Social-Emotional Learning 

  • Strategy 1: Create a place of belonging in which diverse backgrounds, identities, strengths and challenges are respected and honored 
  • Strategy 2: Provide social and affective supports for all students
  • Strategy 3: Ensure successful transitions 
  • Strategy 4: Ensure universal understanding of social emotional well being

Focus Area 2 - Happy, Healthy Workplace Environment 

  • Strategy 1: Promote and support physical health of our employees
  • Strategy 2: Promote and support emotional health of our employees

Focus Area 3 - Inclusive and Equitable School Community

  • Strategy 1: Demonstrate cultural proficiency
  • Strategy 2: Focus on diversity in hiring

Focus Area 4 - School Safety

  • Strategy 1: Investigate and implement school safety best practices
  • Strategy 2: Strengthen community partnerships to enhance prevention and intervention services

Goal 3: Growth & Innovation

Inspire, empower, and lead a culture of growth and innovation for students, staff, and community as we continually strive to become a model district.

Focus Area 1 - Enrichment Opportunities and Programs - Broad and Longstanding

  • Strategy 1: Utilize community partnerships to provide enrichment opportunities
  • Strategy 2: Empower teachers to be creative in teaching the curriculum through meaningful student experiences
  • Strategy 3: Grow the Berkley Education Foundation for student and teacher enrichment

Focus Area 2 - Increase Tech Integration to Support Student and Staff Learning

  • Strategy 1: Ensure students are utilizing technology in their learning 
  • Strategy 2: Ensure teachers have and use the latest in digital tools

Focus Area 3 - Staff Recruiting and Support

  • Strategy 1: Create opportunities for coaching, leadership and advancement
  • Strategy 2: Recruit, retain and support staff to maintain our culture of excellence 

Goal 4: Resource Stewardship

Inspire, empower, and lead a culture of resource stewardship to provide exceptional programs and facilities for students, staff, and community as we continually strive to become a model district.

Focus Area 1 - Fiscal Responsibility to Support Student Learning

  • Strategy 1: Create and maintain a balanced budget that supports all programs and operations
  • Strategy 2: Engage school and department leaders in resource management best practices
  • Strategy 3: Continue pursuit of competitive compensation packages for all staff
  • Strategy 4: Pursue cooperative agreements to enhance the district goals

Focus Area 2 - Program Development beyond the K-12 Classroom

  • Strategy 1: Enhance Early Childhood Education Program, Food Service, Hurley Field, Other Funds
  • Strategy 2: Support community engagement in the use of District facilities
  • Strategy 3: Investigate and pursue revenue enhancement opportunities

Focus Area 3 - Technology and Facility Investments

  • Strategy 1: Manage Sinking Fund resources effectively to ensure investments made support teaching and learning 
  • Strategy 2: Develop and implement plans that identify innovative tech and facility investments 

Focus Area 4 - Manage, Advocate and Grow Shared Time Partnerships

  • Strategy 1: Work proactively with the Shared Time coalition
  • Strategy 2: Build relationships with current and future partners

Goal 5: Community Engagement & Connections

Inspire, empower and lead a culture of community engagement and connections for students, staff, and community as we continually strive to become a model district.

Focus Area 1 - Community Outreach & Connections

  • Strategy 1: Intentional partnerships with community organizations
  • Strategy 2: Maintain an open dialogue with all stakeholders
  • Strategy 3: Participate in local and District events
  • Strategy 4: Engage with community to share news & maintain transparency
  • Strategy 5: Ongoing dialogue with local media
  • Strategy 6: Educate Legislators and the Community about Education
  • Strategy 7: Inform the community about school and legislative activities

Focus Area 2 - Sharing Our #BerkleyDifference Story

  • Strategy 1: Share stories to promote District activities and maintain District reputation
  • Strategy 2: Empower staff and students to share their stories
  • Strategy 3: Encourage community to share their stories and experiences
  • Strategy 4: Establish communications standards for District 

Focus Area 3 - Marketing Methods

  • Strategy 1: Identify markets of opportunity to tell District story
  • Strategy 2: Attract new and retain current students and families
  • Strategy 3: Analyze data to ensure marketing efforts are successful