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Superintendent makes Strategic Plan public, welcomes community feedback

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Culminating over a year of research, discussion, and review of feedback from the community, Boston Public Schools (BPS) Superintendent Tommy Chang has presented the BPS Strategic Implementation Plan to the Boston School Committee. The plan builds on the district’s strengths and addresses core challenges. The public is encouraged to send feedback to superintendent@bostonpublicschools.org.

“The School Committee held community-based roundtable discussions to capture the voice of the public during the earlier stages of the plan’s development,” said School Committee Chairman Michael O’Neill. “I commend Superintendent Chang and the BPS leadership team for their hard work. It’s critical that we hear from the community again to ensure that we’re moving forward with a shared vision for our young people.”

The Strategic Implementation Plan consists of five focus areas:

  • Implementing an inclusive, rigorous, and culturally/linguistically sustaining PK-12 instructional program that serves the development of the whole child.
  • Attracting, developing and retaining a highly effective team that is responsive to the diverse racial, cultural and linguistic needs of Boston youth.
  • Engaging families and community organizations as advocates and partners for equity, access and results for all students.
  • Delivering a coordinated system of high-quality support, customer service and communications centrally and at schools.
  • Building a sustainable financial system that invests resources equitably and strategically.

Each focus area includes initiatives and milestones, which determines the makeup of the work. The plan further outlines development tracking methods with metrics that can provide insight into success rates and areas for continued growth.

“Community feedback is invaluable,” said Chang. “We cannot build a better Boston without a collaborative process. This courageous plan will inform our guiding principles for how we best support our future teachers, scientists, public servants, and more. It is critical that we build in the technical systems to ensure our strategic plan is on target for the years ahead. We want to measure how we’re doing as a district as we work toward our overarching vision of ensuring our students are on track for graduation, post-secondary education, and successful careers.”

For more information about the BPS Strategic Implementation Plan, please visit: http://www.bostonpublicschools.org/domain/2119.