Developing a new Strategic Plan for Coeur d'Alene Public Schools
FINDING OUR FOCUS
Coeur d'Alene Public Schools is beginning the work of developing a new strategic plan to guide the direction of the school district. This work, beginning in 2019, will incorporate the May 2019 Curriculum Audit report commissioned by the Board of Trustees; the 2018 Futures Report outlining recommended improvements to the district's Special Education services delivery; and a Profile of a Graduate being developed with input from parents, students, teachers, employers, and community groups.
In February 2019, Curriculum Management Solutions, Inc. performed a curriculum audit for Coeur d'Alene Public Schools. The district commissioned this independent examination of curriculum and instruction to provide a snapshot of our current state and provide an appropriate blueprint for change to help us attain our mission, which is to provide the absolute best education for the children of our district.
The audit is direct and explicit about where the Coeur d’Alene School District has gaps in effective and efficient design, delivery and monitoring of the district’s curriculum, and how the focus of the entire system should always be to support the work of teaching and learning. The audit also outlines recommendations for the Board of Trustees and district administration to consider in addressing these gaps.
The audit team leader briefed the Board of Trustees on the conclusions on May 20, 2019.
SPECIAL EDUCATION AUDIT
Coeur d'Alene Public Schools commissioned a review of its support services for struggling learners. This educational services analysis was conducted in 2018 by Futures Education and presented to the district in November 2018. The full report is available here.
PROFILE OF A GRADUATE
When you think about the young people in our community who are entering the workforce, heading to college or trade school, joining the military or making other post-graduation plans, what knowledge, skills and character traits do you hope they possess? What do you think is most important? Complex problem-solving skills? Creativity? Emotional intelligence? A service mindset?
That is the question Coeur d’Alene Public Schools is asking our community to help answer as we create a “Profile of a Graduate” to guide our work on a new strategic plan for the school district. The graduate profile will identify the cognitive, personal and relationship-based abilities that students should have when they graduate.
We have asked for the perspectives of parents, students, educators, policymakers, local employers, business leaders, nonprofit organizations and others in our community.