The Spring 2022 edition of the Knightly News highlighted the district’s structured process of stakeholder engagement, data analysis, and long-range planning to produce a strategic plan to guide our efforts over the next four years.
The largest phase of this work has focused on data collection, research, and analysis to guide the development of the district’s next strategic plan.
This data was used by the district’s Strategic Planning Task Force to identify key themes and critical issues for the district. This past spring the Task Force worked closely with student focus groups, all K-12 teachers, and the school board to explore and refine draft versions of the district’s mission, vision, and core values, this work resulted in the approval of the District’s updated mission, vision, and core values during the June 27 Board of Education meeting. These will be used to drive the development of Strategic Goals and Objectives for inclusion in the district’s Strategic Plan upon return to school in August and September.
A mission states the purpose of an organization. Mission statements provide clarity and focus by calling attention to what is at the heart of an organization. Mission statements also serve as a filter for determining how to proceed when faced with the need to prioritize attention and resources.
The district’s new mission statement is “Kenowa Hills Public School values, supports, and empowers all learners to achieve their full potential.”
A vision highlights an organization’s future aspirational state. Vision statements challenge the organization and its members by calling attention to a level of quality and performance that is greater than current practice. Vision statements also motivate and clarify the path ahead by defining characteristics of future success.
The district’s new vision statement is “Kenowa Hills Public Schools will provide meaningful learning experiences for every student, every day.”
Core values define the organization’s collective beliefs. These foundational ideas are contained in the DNA of the organization and provide guidance in how we operate individually and as a school district.
The district has identified eight core values and definitions for inclusion in the next strategic plan. These include:
Equity: KHPS makes decisions that promote the success and inclusiveness of all students, staff, and families.
Meaningful Learning: KHPS provides engaging learning experiences that build on individual learning styles, inspire curiosity, and connect to a student’s future.
Relationships: KHPS expects all to grow in their abilities to understand multiple viewpoints, solve shared problems, and build trust.
Diversity: KHPS recognizes visible and nonvisible differences that make people unique to support an individual and collective sense of belonging.
Community: KHPS brings people together to support and celebrate education, extracurricular activities, and the accomplishments of our students.
Communication: KHPS invites respectful conversation and provides information in a timely, transparent, and accessible manner.
Growth Mindset: KHPS embraces challenges, learns from failures, and sees effort as a crucial element to future success.
Safety: KHPS values and protects the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of all of our learners.
Kenowa Hills Public Schools continues to make progress in its efforts to develop a new strategic plan to guide the district over the next four years. This effort will result in an update to the district’s vision, mission, and core values and include broad goals for the district to achieve within that time span.
While challenging during this time of uncertainty, the timing of this work presents us with significant opportunities to take informed and purposeful steps to continue serving the students, families, and broader Kenowa Hills Public Schools community.
This process graphic shows the five broad stages of our strategic planning efforts. Progress indicators in the lower part of the graphic are also included to provide a sense of where we are within each of the five stages.
Detailed Strategic Planning Task Force Updates are listed below:
Nov. 5, 2021 - Task Force Update
Nov. 12, 2021 - Task Force Update
Nov. 19, 2021 - Task Force Update
Dec. 3, 2021 - Task Force Update
Dec. 10, 2021 - Task Force Update
Dec. 17, 2021 - Task Force Update
Jan. 7, 2022 - Task Force Update
Jan. 14, 2022 - Task Force Update
Jan. 28, 2022 - Task Force Update
Feb. 4, 2022 - Task Force Update
Feb. 18, 2022 - Task Force Update
Feb. 25, 2022 - Task Force Update
Mar. 4, 2022 - Task Force Update
Mar. 18, 2022 - Task Force Update
Mar. 25, 2022 - Task Force Update
Apr. 15, 2022 - Task Force Update
If you have any questions or additional thoughts you’d like to share with the district’s Strategic Planning Task Force, please email the Task Force at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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