Our Strategic Plan
Strategic Planning Committee
Creativity and innovation inspire new learning and help drive progress. As professional learners, DJUSD wishes to push beyond the status quo. The Strategic Planning process brings DJUSD educators and the Davis community together to forward think, considers possibilities, and strategically set actions to guide our organization forward. Creation and selection of the Strategic Planning Committee is one of the most important components of the Strategic Planning Process. Overtime, it is necessary to refresh the Team to fill vacancies that are created for a variety of reasons and to bring new perspectives to the group.
Below is a complete list of the Strategic Planning Committee Members:
Strategic Planning Committee
Annual Update February 24 and 25, 2017
Bill Calhoun, Community Member
Allison Chilcott, Community Member
Joe DiNunzio, Community Member
Cecilia Escamilla-Greenwald, Community Member
Lisa Haass, Community Member
Darcie Houch, Community Member
Kelly Heung, Community Member
Koren Motekaitis, Community Member
Joshua Newman, Community Member
Kelly Stachowicz, Community Member
Alan Fernandes, Board of Education
Daniel Alvarez, Student
Alyssa McBride, Student
John Bowes, Superintendent
Maria Clayton, District Office Staff
Jim Herrington, CSEA President
Blair Howard, DTA President
Elizabeth Merrill, Junior High Teacher
Michael Monticello, Elementary Teacher
Eleanor Neagle, High School Teacher
Cheryl Ozga, Classified Staff
Mary Ponce, Site Principal
Kate Prien, Classified Staff
Kate Snow, Climate Coordinator
Albert Vasquez, Classified Staff
TBD, Elementary Teacher
Overview: Development of the Strategic Plan
Why a Strategic Plan?
- To explore new possibilities
- To provide the best academic program possible at all grade levels
- To reestablish common values, purpose and direction that focus on children
- To ensure appropriate distribution of resources
- Strategic planning offers the best possible hope for involving and engaging the entire DJUSD community in making decisions
- Strategic planning provides a framework for ongoing organizational renewal within the context of a rapidly changing community and world.
What is Strategic Planning?
Strategic Planning Development
“Strategic planning is the means by which an organization continually creates artifactual systems toward extraordinary purpose.” “Implicit in this definition is the concentration of all efforts, resources, activities, and energies toward a single goal.” (The Cambrian Group)
Strategic planning is a process where the district can receive input from the community and staff that will enable the district to make long-range recommendations to the Board which includes:
- What is most important in terms of educational focus
- How resources should be best allocated
- How we should organize the structure of the district
How will Strategic Planning Advance the DJUSD?
Strategic planning is a highly-structured process that relies on the participation of all the stakeholders in the community. Participants went through a step-by-step process of:
- Determining the values and beliefs of the community and school system
- Developing a mission and objectives and a set of strategies for achieving the mission and objectives
- Developing action plans for implementing the strategies
- Hundreds of parents, teachers, students, business people, and the community were involved in the process
- A planning team of 26 members, who collectively reflect the values and perspectives of our community were responsible for developing our strategic plan and presenting it to the Governing Board. The planning team included board members, administrators, teachers, staff, community members, parents and students.
- The planning team developed, through consensus, a district mission, objectives, and strategies for achieving those objectives.
- Action teams were formed and worked over a three-month period to develop detailed implementation plans for each strategy. Each implementation plan specified tasks, timelines, and responsibilities, and included a written cost-and benefit analysis. Everyone who volunteered were accepted onto an action team.
- During a second planning retreat, the planning team reviewed implementation plans and prepared a final strategic plan for presentation and approval by the Governing Board.