Strategic Plan

Beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, the District embarked on a comprehensive process for strategic planning that included an analysis of student performance data to inform future benchmarks. Utilizing the Superintendent's Goals as a foundation for strategy implementation, a Strategic Planning Committee was formed to design and implement a five-year Strategic Plan. The work of the Strategic Planning Committee was focused on aligning stakeholder expectations and District efforts, providing clarity around a shared mission and vision to chart the course for the District's future, and to effectively direct funding and resources to support implementation. 

In partnership with the firm ECRA Group, Inc. — an established leader in the areas of educational assessment, research, analytics and strategic planning — District 99 designed a digital dashboard to provide accessibility to staff members and to facilitate the tracking of District progress. The planning process continued throughout the 2018-2019 school year, as the District provided opportunities for feedback on specific strategies from the larger District 99 Administrative Team, in conjunction with District 99 Board of Education presentations on the Strategic Planning Committee's progress. 

Future work for the Strategic Planning Committee is centered on enhancing communication of the Superintendent's Goals and the District Strategic Plan through public access to elements of the plan and Key Performance Indicators and Strategies. Continued work also includes consistent monitoring of data and further development of the plan as the District continues to evolve and move forward on its attainment of outlined goals.

goal 1: professional learning communities

Measuring Impact of Instruction


1) Focused learning walks

2) Analyzing data to inform instruction by using formative and summative assessments 

Establishment of a Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum


1) Systematic approach has been established to update all curriculum documents

2) Support Backwards Planning Process

3) Teacher Survey is part of the systematic approach to update curricular documents 

4) Integration of Curriculum K-1, Humanities, STEM and STEAM 

Providing Targeted Support


1) Implementation of MTSS 

2) Strategic use of digital resources and analysis of student impact

3) Building District-wide capacity through professional learning 

GOAl 2: Creating a culture for learning

Establishing and Meeting District-Wide SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and timely) Goals


1) By 2023, 56 percent of students in K-8 will meet or exceed grade-level norms in math as determined by MAP

2) By 2023, 61 percent of students in K-8 will meet or exceed grade-level norms in reading as determined by MAP

3) By 2023, 46 percent of students identified as LEP in K-8 will meet or exceed grade-level norms in math as determined by MAP

4) By 2023, 45 percent of students identified as LEP in K-8 will meet or exceed grade-level norms in reading as determined by MAP

5) By 2023, 40 percent of students identified as IEP in K-8 will meet or exceed grade-level norms in math as determined by MAP

6) By 2023, 38 percent of students identified as IEP in K-8 will meet or exceed grade-level norms in reading as determined by MAP

Monitoring District-wide SMART Goals


1) Establishment of a District and School Data Review Calendars 

2) Adherence to Schedule of Data Review

Identify and Implement Supports Based on Data Analysis 


1) Monitor students against personalized growth expectations 

2) Differentiation of instruction based on data analysis 

3) Implementation of programs to meet identified students' needs

4) Analysis of 5Essentials Survey to drive school improvement plans 

goal 3: universal access to personalized devices

Establishing a Robust Infrastructure to Ensure Access


1) Increase capacity-network switch upgrades

2) Increase Wi-Fi access — deploy 802.11ac

3) Establish district data warehouse to progress monitor 

District-wide 1:1 Initiative


1) Deploy 14,000 Acer R11 Chromebooks for students K-8

2) Deploy tech tubs for classrooms, providing charging capabilities 

21st-Century Learning Environment 


1) District-wide implementation of G Suite for Education

2) District-wide implementation of interactive panels 

3) Deploy 1,000 Dell Latitude laptops to certified staff

District-wide 1:1 Professional Learning Plan


1) Develop three-tiered Professional Learning Plan

2) Incorporate best-practice Tech Integration Framework — GCE Level I,II and/or Trainer

3) Establish District Technology Committee

4) Establish an Instructional Technology Resource Team to build capacity within staff

District-wide Access to Digital Curriculum Resources


1) Implement LMS-Curriculum Warehouse

2) Implement Digital Assessment Platform

3) Provide access to supplemental online resources

4) Provide alternative access for students with special needs

goal 4: articulation

Devise department-specific action plans to ensure seamless curriculum, practices and skills, and teaching strategies across districts.


1) Joint meeting with District 201 and District 99 administrators to develop a plan that ensures a seamless transition from middle school to high school

2) Conduct a gap analysis to identify opportunities for curricular adjustments and devise action plans 

3) Ongoing quarterly meetings between District 201 and District 99 administrators to progress-monitor action plans 

Increase percentage of students receiving Seal of Biliteracy


1) Implement a Dual Language program that promotes biliteracy 

2) Professional development for all transitional teachers across the district 

3) Increase access to authentic Spanish materials district-wide 

4) Improving opportunities for coursework that supports students' native language

Increase the percentage of students placed into accelerated courses


1) Provide a pathway for accelerated coursework

2) Provide access to curricular materials that meet the standard of rigor for accelerated coursework

3) Analyze student data to determine student placement criteria and appropriately place students

goal 5: student engagement

Analysis of teacher performance utilizing the Danielson Framework


1) Determine domains for analysis to demonstrate engagement

2) Building administration comparison of ECRA classroom growth by teacher and summative evaluation 

3) Professional development for evaluators on domains

4) Determine district and building professional development planning based on evaluation data

District-wide expansion of enrichment opportunities for students


1) Increase quantity of enrichment opportunities

2) Improve quality of enrichment opportunities

3) Create tracking mechanism for students enrolled in enrichment opportunities

District-wide expansion of parental involvement opportunities


1) Create and distribute needs assessment tool to determine parental involvement opportunities

2) Increase quality of parental involvement opportunities

3) Increase parental participation as indicated by building

4) Correlation of data between parental involvement and student academic and social-emotional growth