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Plan to Plan: A primer for success. Virginia Brennan- Kyro MASA New Superintendents’ Conference September 24, 2008. Assumptions. The 21 st century is different Kids are different Learning is different Teaching must be different Schools must be different

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plan to plan a primer for success

Plan to Plan: A primer for success

Virginia Brennan-Kyro

MASA New Superintendents’ Conference

September 24, 2008

assumptions
Assumptions
  • The 21st century is different
  • Kids are different
  • Learning is different
  • Teaching must be different
  • Schools must be different
  • For schools to be different, you must plan in a different way
overview
Overview
  • Advantages of strategic planning
  • Key components
  • Where to begin
  • Pitfalls to avoid
  • Sustainability
you know you re a superintendent when
You Know You’re a Superintendent When…
  • You have a loud discussion in your car on the way home from work…and you are alone
  • You get calls at home from board members and parents who say they didn’t want to bother you at work
you know you re a superintendent when1
You Know You’re a Superintendent When…
  • You feel guilty about going to a movie, then you realize it’s Saturday night
  • You realize your hourly rate is less than that of an elementary principal
you know you re a superintendent when2
You Know You’re a Superintendent When…
  • As the first snowflake falls, everyone reminds you that a BIG SNOWSTORM is coming tonight
  • You spend more time talking to the school board attorney than to your spouse
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“A leader's job is to look into the future and see the organization, not as it is, but as it should be." 

why strategic planning
Why strategic planning?
  • It’s expected
  • It provides an opportunity to demonstrate leadership
  • It provides a collaborative process for initiating change
why strategic planning1
Why strategic planning?

“If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll end up someplace else.”

--Yogi Berra

what are the advantages of strategic planning
What are the advantages of strategic planning?
  • It provides a roadmap for the district
  • It focuses resources
  • It aligns mission/vision with the budget process
advantages
Advantages …
  • It celebrates the district’s uniqueness
  • It develops common purpose
  • It promotes transparency
where do you begin
Where do you begin?
  • Prepare for planning
  • Confirm commitment and readiness
  • Conduct a basic awareness session
where do you begin1
Where do you begin?
  • Communicate about planning
  • Build a planning team
  • Collect vital signs information
what are the key components of strategic planning
What are the key components of strategic planning?
  • Beliefs
  • Vision
  • Mission
  • Goals
  • Strategies
  • Action Plans
    • Include specific results
    • Cost-benefit analysis
who should be on your planning team
Who should be on your planning team?
  • Superintendent
  • Teachers
  • Administrators
  • Board Members
  • Staff
  • Parents
  • Community Members
  • Students
what are some of the pitfalls to avoid
What are some of the pitfalls to avoid?
  • Simple majority vote
  • Allowing one or two personalities to dominate the sessions
  • Ignoring crucial issues
  • Non-implementation of the plan
how do you ensure sustainability
How do you ensure sustainability?
  • Conduct periodic reviews
  • Complete annual updates to advance the plan
  • Incorporate accountability and specificity
  • Ensure that the plan remains a priority
in order to succeed your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure bill cosby
“In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.”--Bill Cosby
superintendentisms
Superintendentisms
  • Know yourself – be yourself
  • Keep the main thing…the main thing
  • Under-promise…over-deliver
  • Celebrate successes
superintendentisms1
Superintendentisms
  • Find a mentor
  • Network, network, and network
  • Communicate, communicate, and communicate
  • Keep a sense of humor
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“Leaders are visionaries with a poorly developed sense of fear and no concept of the odds against them.”

--Dr. Robert Jarvik