Phase II of Strategic Goal Setting is Underway

Posted by Martin Cox on 1/31/2017

The process of goal setting in the Clarkstown Central School District entered Phase II last Friday.

Under the leadership of Susan Yom, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, administrators from across the District came together to begin a very methodical process. The decision to revisit the four current goals was agreed upon between the Board of Education members and me when we discussed this topic at a retreat last November 5.  Shortly thereafter, I gave Ms. Yom the opportunity to create and lead a process based on research with outcomes that would include revised goals and action steps.

Ms. Yom took the time to consult and discuss the topic and her approach with her Curriculum Team, Chestnut Grove District Office Administrators and Principals. Following multiple forms of feedback and revisions along the way, she finalized her approach and the road map was shared at the December Board of Education meeting.

Since that time, Phase I included a survey that was launched to the community in early January with the opportunity to comment about the current goals while sharing views of a preferred destination.  Last Friday, when Administrators came together at the Chestnut Grove Administration building, I opened our planning session and briefly shared a reference from Stephen R. Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, while quoting Habit #2, Begin with the End in Mind. In short, I shared the belief that revised goals can serve us in the form of a Wide Angle Lens view of the District while agreed upon Action Steps could be viewed in the end as a Zoom Lens highlighting our day to day focus.

Shortly thereafter, Ms. Yom began a thorough process for administrators, and led the entire planning session which she began by explaining and discussing the essential components of a Strategic Plan:




**Strategic Goals


**Action Plans

**Peformance Measures

The group had an opportunity to discuss the differences and similarities between Vision, Mission and Values before Ms. Yom led another key aspect of our work, the components of author David Cooperrider's Appreciative Inquiry Process.  Specifically, Ms. Yom explained to the group the four components that will serve as the core of the entire Strategic Goal Setting process: Discovery, Dream, Design and Destiny.

Administrators had the opportunity to review survey results, a total of more than 2,400 responses in all from the school community. While looking at the responses, their task was to begin the process of Vision and Mission writing.

When administrators have completed the aforementioned task, the Strategic Goal Setting Process will eventually shift to Phase III that will involve several stakeholders, including teachers, staff, parents, students, Board of Education members, administrators and community residents. 

I appreciate the process Ms. Yom is creating for everyone involved, one that is designed to include multiple forms of input from numerous stakeholders while collaboratively discussing and designing a destiny for our District.  Moving ahead, the District will provide multiple forms of communication when it is time in the process to prepare for Phase III by inviting the aforementioned stakeholders to engage in ongoing work together.


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