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Office of Planning and Research

Planning for Success In Massachusetts

A District and School Improvement Planning Model and DIY Resources

Planning for Success is a proven planning model piloted by districts in Massachusetts. Based on the Massachusetts Planning and Implementation Framework Download PDF Document  Download MS WORD Document, Planning for Success incorporates legislative requirements, educator evaluation expectations, and effective planning practices in its design. The Planning for Success model includes a multi-year improvement plan and annual action plan that supports implementation. Planning for Success provides simple and accessible resources districts and schools can use to conduct an inclusive planning process. The goal of the Planning for Success process is to create a quality plan while building community ownership and support.

Planning for Success has been piloted in a diverse set of districts, including urban and regional districts, a single-school district, an educational collaborative, and Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 districts. Some of these districts created plans, others created action plans, and one redesigned an existing plan. The Planning for Success experiences of all pilot districts have been documented as case studies: District Planning Case Studies: Planning for Success 2015 Pilot Projects Download PDF Document  Download MS WORD Document. What pilot superintendents say about Planning for Success is that:

  • The Planning for Success [PfS] process was streamlined, organized and culminated in plans that are focused and easy to use and understand.
  • The PfS process provided an opportunity for district leaders to reflect and engage in honest dialogue.
  • PfS plans are aligned with district systems and initiatives.
  • The PfS process strengthened districts' communication about their goals and progress.
  • The quality of facilitation of the PfS process is essential.
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What Superintendents Are Saying About Planning for Success

Planning for Success is produced by the Office of Planning and Research in consultation with Lori Likis, Principal Consultant, Creative Coaching.

 

The Planning for Success Model

Planning for Success supports the improvement planning process, not simply the creation of an improvement plan. The Planning for Success model consists of three phases: Create—Align—Implement. Each phase of the district planning process is described in the table below.

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District Planning Process

Create Plan
  • Envision the future
  • Analyze district performance, educator evaluation, and community feedback data for trends and patterns
  • Backward design the improvement strategy from specific, desired student outcomes, researching effective practices
Align Systems
  • Connect educator evaluation goals and school improvement plans to the district plan
  • Leverage budget, grants, and resources in support of the district plan
  • Build community commitment to the district plan
Implement
  • Create an annual action plan with progress and impact benchmarks
  • Monitor and publicly report on progress
  • Redesign the district plan if necessary

The Planning for Success School Improvement Planning Process Download PDF Document  Download MS WORD Document is almost identical to the district process and stresses the need to align school plans with the district plan.

Planning for Success Resources: Creating a Multi-Year Plan

Planning for Success offers the following resources to support your district in creating a multi-year improvement plan.

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Creating the Planning Team
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District Plan Template
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Envisioning the Future
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Analyzing Data for Root Causes
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Analyzing District Planning Practices and Culture (SWOT Analysis)
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Identifying Strategic Objectives and Initiatives
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Reviewing the District Draft Plan for Quality
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Setting Outcomes for the District Plan
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Selecting Outcome Measures and Setting Targets
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Researching and Selecting Evidence-Based Practices and Programs

Planning for Success Resources: Creating an Action Plan

Planning for Success offers the following resources to support your district in creating an annual action plan that supports implementation of your district plan.

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Creating the Action Planning Team
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Personal Reflection Activity: Action Planning
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Analyzing District Planning Practices and Culture (SWOT Analysis)
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Creating the Action Plan
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Reviewing the Draft Action Plan for Quality
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Monitoring and Reporting on Action Plan Progress

Planning for Success Resources: Connecting Planning to Educator Evaluation

The educator evaluation system is the process that links each classroom to the district's plan and vision for all students. The Planning for Success educator evaluation series answers the question: From the school committee, to the superintendent, to school administrators, to teachers and specialized instructional support personnel…what role does each member play in relation to the district's plan and planning process? Resources include:

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Superintendents: Educator Evaluation and District Planning
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School Administrators: Educator Evaluation and District/School Improvement Planning
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Teachers and Specialized Instructional Support: Educator Evaluation and Improvement Planning
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School Committee: Educator Evaluation and District Planning

Planning for Success Case Studies

The Office of Planning, Research, and Delivery Systems appreciates the participation and contributions of these pilot districts, several of which offered to share their plans:

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Malden Public Schools: District Plan Overview
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Whitman-Hanson Regional Public Schools: District Plan Overview
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Whitman-Hanson Regional Public Schools: Action Plan
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Whitman-Hanson Regional Public Schools: Educator Goals
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Valley Collaborative: District Plan Overview
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Cape Cod Regional Technical High School: District Plan Overview
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Webster Public Schools: District Plan Overview
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Reading Public Schools: District Goals and Action Plan
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Burlington Public Schools: District Plan
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Burlington Public Schools: Elementary Schools - School Improvement Plan
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Burlington Public Schools: Marshall Simonds Middle School - School Improvement Plan
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Burlington Public Schools: Burlington High School - School Improvement Plan

Read about these districts' planning processes—and the reflections of planning team participants and Superintendents on their planning processes—in District Planning Case Studies: Planning for Success 2015 Pilot Projects Download PDF Document  Download MS WORD Document.

Facilitators

Planning for Success is designed so that districts can develop strategic plans using just the tools we have posted here. However, many districts find that it is helpful to hire an external person to facilitate the planning sessions. We have trained a cadre of facilitators on the Planning for Success model, and districts are welcome to reach out to them as resources. Their biographies and contact information are in the document below.

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List of Planning for Success Facilitators
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Planning for Success Facilitator Bios

Share Your Feedback

Many educators—teachers, school administrators, superintendents, and school committee representatives—have already contributed to Planning for Success by sharing their perspective, experience, and feedback. We thank these educators for their work with us and invite others to participate. If you have comments or suggestions to share or an interest in learning more about other resources under development, please contact Lori Likis at lorilikis@ccoaching.com.



Last Updated: October 30, 2017
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