2020-21 Strategic Plan Development
Under the leadership of Dr. Patrick McLaughlin, Chief of Strategic Planning, Albemarle County Public Schools (ACPS) has begun development of its new strategic plan. The steps that ACPS will take in this process are outlined below in order to keep stakeholders informed.
This first step in the development of the strategic plan is to create a new division-wide Portrait of a Learner.
The Portrait of a Learner will act as a guide in creating the division’s strategic plan, which will ensure that schools engage with and meet the needs of all students while preparing them with the knowledge and skills they need to thrive in a complex and rapidly-changing world.
Ultimately, the division's new strategic plan will be a collective, local vision that articulates our community’s hopes for ALL of our students and enables the division to provide our students with an educational experience that prepares them to be lifelong learners and to make positive contributions to society, both while they are our students and in the future.
Portrait Design Team
With the help of Battelle for Kids, a national not-for-profit that partners with school divisions in their strategic planning efforts, ACPS met virtually over five meetings in September and October with a Portrait Design Team, including 112 community members who reflect a wide range of perspectives about future school division goals and priorities.
The Portrait Design Team is based upon the wide range of experiences, professional expertise, and personal identities of individual members. Many are teachers, support staff, and principals. Also represented are students, alumni and parents, as well as business leaders, community service organizations, and University of Virginia employees. The team will meet regularly to share their input on how the division can best design a Portrait based on several dimensions, such as:
- The community’s hopes and aspirations for its young people;
- The skills and habits of mind that children need for success;
- The strategic plan’s impact on student learning experiences; and
- The need for equitable access to learning resources for all students.
In alignment with the ACPS Anti-Racism Policy, the Portrait Design Team includes points of view that have often been underrepresented in such efforts and brings together an intersectional group representing each of our students in a meaningful way. It also reflects the division’s mission of establishing a community of learners and learning, through relationships, relevance and rigor.
Design Team Schedule
The Portrait Design Team met virtually on five occasions, with a two-part kickoff meeting. In order to capture those efforts for anyone who was unable to join or is interested in understanding the process further, ACPS recorded those meetings in collaboration with Battelle and has made them publicly available to all shareholders.
Superintendent Matthew Haas and Chief of Strategic Planning Patrick McLaughlin facilitated virtual discussions to gain input from the community regarding potential mitigating factors like changes to the school calendar and summer school options.
- Community Forum #1: November 17, 2020 | 6 to 7 p.m.
- Community Forum #2: November 19, 2020 | 6 to 7 p.m.
Community Survey: Portrait Competencies
Albemarle County Public Schools is currently developing a Portrait of a Learner, which is meant to be a collective vision that articulates our entire community’s aspirations for all of our students. We want our Portrait to be developed based on a local perspective, but with an eye toward the globalized society in which our students will live and work in the future.
In alignment with our Anti-Racism Policy, we strive throughout this process to collaborate with a broad range of community members representing diverse personal identities, professional expertise, and life experiences. Our primary objective is to provide our students with an educational experience that prepares them to be lifelong learners and to make positive contributions both today and tomorrow. In order to gather this feedback, we collected survey results in December. View the results here:
The competencies that we adopt for our Portrait of a Learner will become focus areas that we develop in students over the course of their time with us from kindergarten through graduation. These eight have risen to the top over the last few months of working on a draft of the Portrait collaboratively with a diverse group of Albemarle County community members.
Strategic Plan Vetting/Writing Team
Beginning in January 2021, the Strategic Plan Vetting/Writing Team, made up of an intersectional group of ACPS staff, spent six weeks meeting. This team’s objective was to serve as primary and dedicated deliberative body that reacts to and informs drafting language of ACPS’s unfolding strategic plan.
The scope of the Vetting/Writing Team’s work was to vet Goals, Objectives, and Strategies of the strategic plan. This team acted as gatekeepers for this work, and is meant to ensure our work is aligned with our existing division priorities, such as our Anti-Racism Policy.
The School Board reviewed a draft of the strategic plan on June 11 at its annual retreat. It will vote on a final draft at its July 8 meeting.