Department of Educational Leadership
Seminar in Strategic Leadership
Date Due: March 3, 2016
An urban school district needs to develop a new strategic plan to guide it for the next five years.
The superintendent wants the plan to focus on introduction of learning communities with new leadership in middle and high schools and a focus on college readiness in the high school curriculum. Three of the six school board members support the superintendent. The other three want to see an emphasis on professional development of teachers, more vocational offerings in grades 9-12, and greater effort to have more parents involved in the life of the schools.
How can these differences be resolved?
What should be the major features of a strategic plan designed to address the traditional problems of inner city schools- gangs, drug use and sales by students, bullying and violence in settling disputes among students, poor attendance, disruptive students, low engagement of parents, poor student academic achievement and high rates of teacher turnover?
How can the board and the superintendent be encouraged to collaborate on methods to address these problems?