The Board of Education spent the first part of the 2016-17 year developing a strategic plan to guide district initiatives in the years ahead. The plan focuses on three major areas, or pillars: Curriculum & Programs; Student Culture & Environment; and Partnerships. View the Strategic Plan [PDF]
Two new committees embedded in the strategic plan are the centerpiece of efforts
to advance the district''s educational program and prepare students for the
future: The Instructional Program Advisory Council, or IPAC, and the District
Curriculum and Accessory Council, or DCAC. These committees are defined below.
Additionally, a multi-year curriculum design initiative began in the 2015-16
school year, and the Office of Instruction has established active Professional
Development and Conference committees.
The Instructional Program Advisory Council is comprised of two dozen members, including instructional leaders, faculty and staff and community members and parents who represent business, industry, higher education, nonprofit organizations and government. The committee first convened in the summer of 2016 and is working to develop a vision for the future of educational programs and facilities in the district.
The District Curriculum & Assessment Council is comprised of teachers and administrators across the district and is charged with reviewing and guiding instructional initiatives K-12. DCAC began meeting in the 2015-16 school year and established a formal Program Review Process that each academic department will go through over the course of a rolling six-year cycle. The process provides a venue for reviewing and establishing curriculum, programs, strengths and priorities in each departement to ensure that educational opportunities are continually updated to prepare students for the future.
Additional resources: Instructional Planning Graphic | Program Review Timeline [PDF documents]
In the summer of 2016, the Superintendent established an Environment & Culture
Committee comprised of community leaders representing several faiths; parents,
faculty and administrators. As an initial step in its work, the committee is
developing a District Diversity Statement. Another area the committee will focus
on is student social and emotional needs, including stress and anxiety.
In addition to the committee and the variety of existing culture and environment initiatives, district and high school leaders meet regularly with high school students through the Student Forum meetings that have been established and the district has formed a partnership with the Anti-Defamation League.
The district enjoys a multitude of partnerships with local and regional business, colleges, municipalities and nonprofits and others. As the district looks to grow a culture of partnership within its schools, a key early step in implementing this element of the strategic plan is to inventory the many partnerships that currently exist. Additionally, new partnerships are being formed through the other two pillars of the plan, including the potential for a relationship with the Beijing-based Wisdom Education Group that is seeking to model a new secondary program it is developing on Niskayuna.