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    On March 27, 2019, the Seattle School Board unanimously approved the district's 2019-24 Strategic Plan. The new strategic plan sets the course for the district for the next five years and helps us focus our resources, work, and initiatives. Read about how Seattle Public Schools developed the 2019-24 Strategic Plan.

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    2019-24 Seattle Public Schools Strategic Plan

    Mission

    Seattle Public Schools is committed to eliminating opportunity gaps to ensure access and provide excellence in education for every student.

    Vision

    Every Seattle Public Schools’ student receives a high-quality, world-class education and graduates prepared for college, career, and community.

    Theory of Action

    WHEN WE FOCUS on ensuring racial equity in our educational system, unapologetically address the needs of students of color who are furthest from educational justice, and work to undo the legacies of racism in our educational system...

    BY doing the following:

    • Allocating resources strategically through a racial equity framework
    • Delivering high-quality, standards-aligned instruction across all abilities and a continuum of services for learners
    • Creating healthy, supportive, culturally responsive environments from the classroom to central office
    • Directly and consistently working in partnership with families and communities who represent students of color who are furthest from educational justice; and
    • Making clear commitments and delivering on them

    THEN we will eliminate opportunity and achievement gaps and every student will receive a high-quality, world-class education.

    To achieve educational justice, Seattle Public Schools (SPS) strives to provide safe learning environments, curriculum that incorporates a student’s life experiences and culture, and instruction delivered by high-quality, culturally responsive educators. Unfortunately, many students from certain ethnicities have not historically experienced equitable opportunities for all or part of their educational journey (including African and African American, Asian Pacific Islander and Pacific Islander, LatinX, and Native American students). These students are our priority – with an intentional focus on African American males.

    Our Theory of Action is guided by the principles of "Targeted Universalism." Our universal goal is every Seattle Public Schools’ student receives a high-quality, world-class education and graduates prepared for college, career, and community. Targeted Universalism holds that targeted and differentiated efforts are required to meet the needs of specific student populations, so every student meets the universal goal. By focusing on students of color who are furthest from educational justice, especially African American males, we will make the greatest progress toward our collective vision.

    We believe that an intentional focus on African American males will ultimately benefit every student. We will refine our systems and structures that will ultimately be used to better meet the needs of students throughout SPS. We will also learn how to develop and provide differentiated efforts to meet the needs of specific populations, allowing us to better serve the needs of additional student populations.

    Priorities and Measurable Goals

    Priority: High-Quality Instruction and Learning Experiences

    Educate the whole child1 through high-quality instruction2 and learning experiences that accelerate growth for students of color who are furthest from educational justice, with an intentional focus on African American males.

    We will recognize and serve the academic, social, cultural, emotional, and behavioral strengths and needs of students, providing high-quality, culturally responsive3 instruction, curriculum, and social-emotional learning supports delivered by educators who set high expectations, so students graduate ready for college, career, and community.

    1 Whole child education goes beyond a focus on academic achievement. When educators focus on educating the whole child, students are healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged. In Seattle Public Schools, this means that we appreciate and serve the academic, social, emotional, and behavioral strengths and needs of students, which we believe comprise the needs of the "whole child."

    2 High-quality instruction is focused on student-centered learning and achievement, intentional about student engagement, and aligned to standards with consistent and appropriate feedback.

    3 At its foundation, culturally responsive education means that students are in an environment where they have the individual safety and comfort to learn within a classroom that has a common culture that is respectful of all backgrounds.

    Goal Students of color who are furthest from educational justice will feel safe and welcome in school

    Measures Used to Evaluate Success

    • Student culture and climate surveys
    • Attendance
    • Discipline
    • Equitable access to services (i.e., special education, English language learners, and highly capable)

    Goal Students of color who are furthest from educational justice will read at grade level by 3rd grade

    Measures Used to Evaluate Success

    • 3rd grade SBA ELA proficiency

    Goal Students of color who are furthest from educational justice will be proficient in mathematics in 5th grade and 7th grade

    Measures Used to Evaluate Success

    • 5th and 7th grade SBA Mathematics proficiency

    Goal Students of color who are furthest from educational justice will finish 9th grade on track for on-time graduation

    Measures Used to Evaluate Success

    • At least six credits by the end of 9th grade

    Goal Students of color who are furthest from educational justice will graduate ready for college and career

    Measures Used to Evaluate Success

    • SBA
    • SAT / ACT
    • Advanced coursework completion
    • CTE course pathway completion
    • College enrollment without developmental courses

    Priority: Predictable and Consistent Operational Systems

    Develop operational systems that provide a predictable and consistent experience to meet the needs of students and families and allow them to focus on learning.

    We will manage district operational functions (non-academic/non-instructional; e.g., transportation, nutrition services, student assignment) in a culturally responsive, service-oriented, and cost-effective manner. We will ensure operational teams plan, establish, communicate, and consistently meet high service levels that provide school leaders, students, and families the information and daily experience that allows them to experience a safe and productive day of learning.

    Goal Operational functions will identify main customers and increase satisfaction

    Measures Used to Evaluate Success

    • Department customer satisfaction surveys
    • Timely response feedback

    Goal Operational functions will improve communication to school leaders, families, and students

    Measures Used to Evaluate Success

    • School leader, family, and student awareness surveys

    Goal Operational functions will improve overall performance in support of student learning

    Measures Used to Evaluate Success

    • Overall service quality level informed by performance indicators unique to each individual operational function

    Priority: Culturally Responsive Workforce

    Develop a culturally responsive workforce so teachers, leaders, and staff will effectively support students and families.

    We will recruit a diverse workforce representative of our broader community using proven local and national best practices and focus on the retention of educators of color. We will also continue to develop culturally responsive mindsets and capabilities with all team members so there is a warm, welcoming environment in every classroom, school, and throughout central office to support student learning.

    Goal Staff will improve their culturally responsive professional practice

    Measures Used to Evaluate Success

    • Cultural responsiveness training completion
    • School and central office staff working condition surveys
    • Student and family culture and climate surveys
    • Equitable access to services (i.e., special education, English language learners, and highly capable)

    Goal The diversity of staff and leadership at schools and central office will increase

    Measures Used to Evaluate Success

    • Staff demographics
    • Recruitment, selection, and retention of staff of color

    Priority: Inclusive and Authentic Engagement

    Partner with students, families, and communities who are furthest from educational justice by conducting inclusive and authentic engagement.

    We will proactively and consistently work in partnership with students, families, and communities to identify needs, determine solutions, and support the implementation of the initiatives that will best meet the needs of students of color who are furthest from educational justice. We will use culturally responsive ways to engage so we build trusting relationships and empower the voices of those who can help us meet these needs.

    Goal Students of color who are furthest from educational justice will have meaningful voice and leadership in school and district initiatives

    Measures Used to Evaluate Success

    • Representation in school-based leadership groups
    • Student participation surveys

    Goal Families and communities who represent students of color who are furthest from educational justice will have meaningful voice in school and district initiatives

    Measures Used to Evaluate Success

    • Family participation surveys
    • Community partner participation surveys
    • Presence in community (e.g., # of meetings in community/feedback loop)