Strategic Planning

Portola Valley School District
FIVE-­
YEAR STRATEGIC PLAN: 2013 – 2018
PART 1 – THE “WHAT”
 
VISION: WE ARE AN INNOVATIVE LEARNING COMMUNITY INSPIRING THE HEARTS AND MINDS OF ALL OUR CHILDREN.

GUIDING PRINCIPLES

1.  Children thrive in a nurturing and supportive environment. We will honor every child and put the needs of children first in everything we do.
2.  To be successful, children need a broad set of skills that includes a core academic foundation, higher-­‐order thinking, and character education.
3.  Children learn best when deeply engaged in authentic learning experiences.
4.  We serve children with a variety of different learning styles and will help each of them reach her or his full potential.
5.  Students, teachers and staff do their best work within a culture of mutual respect, personal responsibility, and kindness.

STRATEGIC DIRECTIONS

1. DEVELOP CREATIVE, PASSIONATE LEARNERS
Students will:
a)   Demonstrate continual growth toward high­‐level mastery of foundational skills.
b)   Learn in an environment where project-­based learning and differentiation are key instructional approaches within an integrated curriculum.
c)   Engage deeply in real-­‐world learning experiences that develop higher-­‐order thinking skills.

2. NURTURE CONNECTED, CONTRIBUTING GLOBAL CITIZENS.

Students will:
a)   Develop personal responsibility, self-­awareness and individual voice.
b)   Engage in learning experiences that promote perseverance, risk-­taking and resiliency.
c)   Contribute  to  a  shared  purpose  within  the  classroom,  school  and  larger community.
d)   Respect other cultures and points of view.

3.   COMMIT TO TRANSFORMATIVE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT.
The District will:
a)   Invest in training the entire staff in common core standards and project-­based learning.
b)   Foster a culture of sharing and collaboration that supports individual and organizational growth.
c)   Develop a long­‐range systemic professional development plan for continuous growth.

4.   FOSTER A RESPECTFUL AND COLLABORATIVE CULTURE.
Our staff, parents and larger community will:
a)   Embrace and model shared expectations.
b)   Engage in informed, transparent decision­‐making.
c)   Ensure proactive communication.  

To view a copy of the District's Implementation Guide for the 2013-18 Strategic Plan (detailed), please click HERE.

2012 - 2013 
To view a copy of the District's 2012-13 Strategic Goals, please click HERE.
This document was presented to, and approved by the Governing Board on October 3, 2012.
To view a copy of the District's 2011-12 Strategic Goals, please click HERE.
This document was presented to, and approved by the Governing Board on October 19, 2011.
 
To view a copy of the District Strategic Goal Update for the 2010-11 and 2011-12 School Years, please click HERE.  This document was presented to, and approved by the Governing Board on June 15, 2011.