SPPS serves a multicultural population of approximately 39,000 students from pre-kindergarten through grade 12 who speak more than 125 languages. SPPS radiates a multicultural energy that prepares students to be successful in the global economy. About 32% of students are Asian; 22% Caucasian; 30% African American, 14% Latino/Hispanic and 2% American Indian. Students whose home language is not English comprise 31% of the student population. Approximately 72% of students qualify for free and reduced-price lunch. Following the appointment of a new superintendent, GSG was engaged to facilitate district leadership in developing a strategic plan.
The GSG team conducted the following activities to support the leadership in strategy development:
Reviewed stakeholder perceptions gathered during the superintendent search, and through Listen and Learn sessions during the superintendent’s first 100 days
Analyzed data on district performance and developed presentations for the board and community
Facilitated a strategy design session to develop the key elements of a future strategic direction
Developed a process for testing the strategic direction among all stakeholders, including training district staff as session facilitators, and reviewing and categorizing all input
Provided coaching and research support for district leaders in developing strategic initiatives to address areas of strategic focus
Trained and supported staff teams to develop detailed action plans for a set of priority strategic initiatives
Provided guidance and support to district leadership in creating performance indicators and a monitoring process to manage implementation.