COURTESY OF OAK PARK AND RIVER FOREST HIGH SCHOOL
Last night the Board of Education approved the Oak Park and River Forest District 200 Strategic Plan2014-2019 at its regular monthly meeting, culminating a process that began in October 2012. Direct input from nearly 100 stakeholders—representing students, parents, faculty, staff, local government, community organizations, administrators and Board members—was essential to creating the plan, which is available here: http://www.oprfhs.org/Strategic-Planning.cfm#.UuEiFhDnbIU. In addition, roughly 2,000 students, parents, faculty, staff and community members provided feedback through strategic-planning surveys and focus groups. "This Board worked very well together to craft and adopt a clear, concise plan that lays out the work to be done to move District into the future. We are indebted to the faculty, staff, community members and others who worked so hard for so long to get this plan off the ground," said Board President John Phelan.
The strategic plan will guide the work of the district for the next five years. Providing the foundation of the plan are the vision and mission statements:
Oak Park and River Forest High School will become an ever-improving model of equity and excellence that will enable all students to achieve their full potential.
Oak Park and River Forest High School provides a dynamic, supportive learning environment that cultivates knowledge, skills, and character and strives for equity and excellence for all students.
The approved plan also includes the following six high-level goal areas, each supported by a stated goal:
Holistic Community Education
Supportive Learning Environment
Transformational Teaching and Learning
Facilities and Finances
In order to create a plan that is both ambitious and concise, the goal statements provide the foundation for three to four intentionally broad action steps. For example, one action step under the Holistic Community Education goal states: "Improve transitions from middle school to high school and from high school to post-secondary experiences."
Over the coming months, implementation teams of stakeholders will develop detailed plans for executing the action steps to ultimately achieve the goals of the plan.
District 200 is grateful to the dozens of stakeholders—both within the building and throughout the community—who worked diligently and enthusiastically over many months to create a plan aimed at fulfilling the District's mission: to provide a dynamic, supportive learning environment that cultivates knowledge, skills, and character and strives for equity and excellence for all students.