CONTACT: Pavi’Elle Phillips
PRESS RELEASE FROM THE OFFICE OF DR. STEVE GALLON III
January 11, 2021
At the School Board Meeting of January 13, 2021, School Board Vice-Chair Dr. Steve Gallon III will ask the School Board to approve action calling for the development of a 2021-2026 Districtwide Strategic Plan. The current District Vision 2020 Strategic Plan expired at the end of 2020.
The Miami-Dade County Public Schools recognizes both the importance and value of having a meaningful, measurable, deliberate, and collaborative strategic focus and plan around improving the educational, operational, and fiscal areas of the school district. In doing so, the fulcrum of such efforts must be led by the School Board, in collaboration with the Superintendent, administrators, principals, teachers, parents, students, and members of the broader community through the strategic planning process.
School Board Policy 0173-Strategic Plan, specifically states that “Strategic planning is the systematic process of specifying the goals of the school system, determining the present attainment of those goals, and then selecting strategies to reduce the discrepancies. The major emphasis of the District’s planning system shall be the achievement by all students of State and local goals” and is the “the basis for focusing all aspects of the District school system toward the accomplishment of identified goals.”
Dr. Gallon posits that the development, adoption, and implementation of a strategic plan for M-DCPS will promote and ensure accountability, focus, involvement, and the monitoring and measurement of performance outcomes. In addition to the plan, the process will ensure a heightened sense of community discourse and involvement in key areas of Board, district, and school operations, and even more importantly, student learning outcomes.
This item, which was unanimously co-sponsored at the Academics, Innovation, Evaluation, and Technology Committee Meeting of January 6, 2021, directs the Superintendent to provide an update to the School Board on the current status and achievement of metrics and deliverables included in the current 2015-2020 Miami-Dade County Public Schools Strategic Blueprint; develop, plan, and schedule a presentation of critical trend data points that include but are not limited to areas such as student performance trends, financial conditions and forecasts, teacher and employee recruitment, retention, and succession, professional development and training, school and district safety, facilities, technology, and parental and community engagement at a School Board Workshop no later than February 19, 2021; present a plan of action to coordinate the development of a new, 2021-2026 Strategic Blueprint for Miami-Dade County Public Schools with actions that include but are not limited to School Board Workshops, focus groups, surveys, data and internal and external audit and report collection, review, and analysis, community meetings, and stakeholder workgroups, no later than February 26, 2021; provide updates to the School Board on a monthly basis at the scheduled Academics, Innovation, Evaluation, and Technology Committee Meetings through the completion of the development, finalization, and School Board approval of a new, 2021-2026 Strategic Blueprint for Miami-Dade County Public Schools; and initiate rulemaking to amend School Board Policy 0173 to require that the process for revising, developing, and/or amending the Districtwide Strategic Plan occurs no less than six months prior to its expiration and that an update on the status and achievement of metrics and deliverables included in the Districtwide Strategic Plan be presented and approved by the School Board annually.
“I am grateful for the unanimous support and co-sponsorship of this critically important item,” said Dr. Gallon. “The expiration of this very important educational and operational guide for our district was concerning. Therefore, it is even more incumbent upon the School Board to now provide leadership and direction in not only the development of a new five-year blueprint, but in the future direction of the teaching, learning, and overall district and school operations in the nation’s 4th largest school district, Miami-Dade County Public Schools.”
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