In September 2015, the School Board began the work of developing a new strategic plan that will proactively guide the school division’s academics and operations for the next five years beginning with the school year 2016-17. This new framework will update and replace the school division’s current five-year strategic plan.
At the core of the new strategic plan is C5W, the set of skills and abilities that all Stafford County Public School graduates will possess to succeed in further education, work and citizenship. C5W encompasses communication, collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, citizenship and wellness, and embodies the philosophy of preparing students to become not just 21st Century Learners, but All Century Learners.
Strategic planning is a proactive process of identifying the critical issues that a school system must address to efficiently continue providing value. Good strategic planning is dynamic in nature, moving a school division from being reactionary to being proactive by linking the vision, mission, goals, key performance measures, strategies and action plans to the budget. At the heart of strategic planning are four key questions: Where are we? Where do we want to be? How will we get there? How will we measure our progress? Strategic planning makes a school system less reliant on any one individual and better able to transcend changes.