Duluth Public Schools Strategic Plan

 

 

Duluth Public Schools is launching a comprehensive strategic planning process starting April 25, 2022. The overall process and strategic plan will be created with input from Duluth Public Schools students, staff, families and community members focused on future system-wide enhancements to improve outcomes for students. 

The district is engaging with TeamWorks International on the strategic planning process. TeamWorks uses a process called "classroom to boardroom," which if you have been through a traditional planning process, this process is in reverse, or upside down, in that we will start with the classroom and end up at the boardroom. When the planning process is complete we will have a clear and unified vision of the district's purpose and how to work together to bring about our desired outcomes and our core values.

From left: A Black female student talking; Elementary students read books; a teacher stands in front of an elementary class teaching a lesson; Construction class listens to instructors explaination
Two Denfeld Students dressed for Valentines Day

Desired Daily Experiences

The Desired Daily Experience will ask students, when they engage with the school or when they come to school, what is the Desired Daily Experience? What does that look like? What does it sound like? What does it feel like? This information will be used to build our operational plans moving forward. 

If you are a student fill out our Desired Daily Experience survey here: bit.ly/Duluth-Student-Survey

Draft Student Desired Daily Experiences: 

  • I enjoy school and feel like I belong.
  • I am accepted, cared about, and respected for who I am, regardless of the color of my skin, my identity and my beliefs.
  • I have strong, meaningful connections with classmates and staff.
  • I have many choices and options for courses including “real life” classes and extracurricular activities.
  • My lunch meets my unique needs and interests through choices and time.
  • Staff and teachers believe in me and my success, hear my voice, and will do what is needed to support me and my learning.
  • I have access to mental health support and am safe at school.
  • I know what is expected from me and know that I am treated fairly if I make a mistake. 
  • Important information is shared with me through ways accessible to me.

The Desired Daily Experience will ask staff, when they engage with the school or when they come to school, what is the Desired Daily Experience? What does that look like? What does it sound like? What does it feel like? This information will be used to build our operational plans moving forward. 

If you are a staff member, please fill out our Desired Daily Experience survey here: https://bit.ly/Duluth-Staff-Survey

Draft Staff Desired Daily Experiences: 

  • I enjoy my job and find it fulfilling.  
  • I have dedicated time during my work day to collaborate, prepare, and grow professionally.
  • I am part of a diverse workforce, with an inclusive climate that values team building and respectful relationships.
  • I receive clear and timely communication.
  • I have systems and resources to support students’ academic, social-emotional, and socio-economical needs.
  • I have access to and the ability to use current, relevant, educational resources including technology. 
  • I have quality professional development opportunities for continued learning to support my students and me.
  • Resources are provided to support safety at school and within departments for all students and staff.
  • We have class sizes that allow us to reach the individual, social/emotional and academic needs of students through differentiation and building relationships. 
  • I have a voice and opportunity to participate in the decision making process with my colleagues and administration.

The Desired Daily Experience will ask families, when they engage with the school or when they come to school, what is the Desired Daily Experience? What does that look like? What does it sound like? What does it feel like? This information will be used to build our operational plans moving forward. 

If you are a family member of a student, please fill out our Desired Daily Experience survey here: https://bit.ly/Duluth-Family-Survey

Draft Families Desired Daily Experiences: 

  • I have a voice in my child’s education, am connected to the school/district, and am informed through consistent multiple communication methods.
  • I have a sense of belonging within the school community with meaningful relationships with staff, ensuring safety and trust in the quality of education.
  • I feel welcomed and a sense of community at school including with other parents, teachers, and administration.
  • My child is welcomed, seen, heard, safe, engaged and happy while at school.
  • My child has pathways to success and opportunities beyond high school.
  • My child’s school provides an interesting, meaningful, and engaging academic learning environment/experiences that are equitable, diverse, and inclusive.
  • My child is supported with comprehensive resources that support their mental health, social emotional learning that allows for their growth.
  • My child has class sizes that allow for differentiation and individualized attention to meet their learning needs.
  • My child has equitable access to before, during, and after school activities where everyone can participate and experience success without barriers.
  • When my child makes a mistake at school they are treated fairly.

Frequently Asked Questions

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