Strategic Planning Information
Tri-City United: A Roadmap for Excellence
To Empower Learners
United for Success
The day of July 22 may have been a typical day for most people or organizations. For the Tri-City United School District July 22 was an important day when the TCU School Board approved our District’s Strategic Plan, or what I have begun to refer to as our Roadmap for Excellence.
Some may wonder why a strategic plan is important or what difference it will make. The reason demonstrated in the conversation between Alice and the Cheshire Cat in Lewis Carroll’s book, Alice in Wonderland:
Alice: “Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”
Cat: “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,”
Alice: “I don’t much care where,”
Cat: “Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,”
Alice: “—so long as I get SOMEWHERE,”
Education is much too important to leave to chance or without a clear plan for where we want to go. This strategic plan be that guide for where we want to go; excellence in all we do.
The mission statement of To Empower Learners, Create Opportunities, United for Success says a lot with just a few words.
To Empower Learners: The word empower means to equip or supply with an ability. We need to equip our students to be prepared for their future, not the one we experienced but the one they will live in. Creativity, critical thinking, problem solving, communication, and collaboration are just some of the skills that have been identified as necessary 21st century skills.
As the Roadmap to Excellence was developed, the word learners was used purposely in order to include students and adults. In order to live our mission, we need to empower our staff and invest in professional development to make sure they are equipped to meet the needs of all students.
We are fortunate to have a staff committed to our students’ learning. This commitment is important as well as up to date resources, training in providing interventions and extensions, and time for collaboration because our students are all of our responsibility.
Create Opportunities: The first thing that comes to mind with creating opportunities may be courses, programs, and activities. This is definitely a part of our mission at TCU, yet opportunities also means a chance for progress. We need to help our students see their strengths, build upon those strengths, and support their progress in areas that need improvement.
United for Success: None of the first two parts of our mission will happen without all of us being united for this success. I remember when our students worked together to come up with the name for our new school district and Tri-City United was their choice. They knew that our future depended on all of us uniting to put our students first. This isn’t an easy thing to do, but our students knew it was important and now our District’s mission reminds us of it.