From Vision to Action: A community’s hopes for all students guide their strategic planning process


Learn how education leaders in Albemarle County Public Schools (VA) used the strategic planning process, anchored by their district’s Portrait of a Learner, to inspire ownership, action, and unity around a community’s hopes for all students.

"The result of this work is a strategic plan that will enhance our ability to have a meaningful impact on the students and communities that we serve in ways that they experience."
—Dr. Matthew Haas | Superintendent

Battelle for Kids' President & CEO, Karen Garza, hosts this conversation with leaders from Albemarle County Public Schools in Virginia.


Matthew Haas, Superintendent
Patrick McLaughlin, Assistant Superintendent for Strategic Planning
Graham Paige, School Board Chair


Why is it important for a district’s strategic planning process to focus on big moves instead of incrementalism?

What was the impact of an early decision in the strategic planning process to “dream first” instead of analyzing the current state of the school system?

How was the school system able to move toward unity despite the violence that had recently occurred in their community (Charlottesville, VA)?

Interested in learning more about a strategic planning process that engages diverse perspectives from the broader community and aligns with Portrait of a Graduate competencies? We recommend these resources: 


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