The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education adopted an updated Strategic Plan Framework June 16, providing a guiding document for district goals and priorities through 2016.

The previous Strategic Plan was adopted in 2002. In developing the updated Strategic Plan, the district intended to honor the previous plan, engage all stakeholders and the broader community, benefit from current research and thinking, and limit the number of goals and initiatives, school officials said.

This new plan – which is designed in the shape of pyramid, with the district mission statement serving as a foundation and each layer supporting the goal of the one above it – states what a district graduate should know and be able to do upon graduating from the district. The plan lays out the core goal and supporting goals that will guide the district to prepare its students for life and work after school and also outlines the strategies and initiatives to meet those goals, officials said.

The main goal of the plan is to promote excellence and equity by preparing all students to have the knowledge, skills, and confidence to excel in postsecondary education and the workplace, as well as developing the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that contribute to living a healthy, balanced life, school officials noted.

Reinforcing this core goal are three supporting goals: ensuring district resources, strengthening talent at every level, and nurturing collaborative partnerships.

In January 2010, the district began a four-stage process to create an updated plan that would guide the district through the next five years. The nearly 18-month process involved community input, research, development and refinement of the plan.

Following the framework approval, staff will develop action plans to accomplish each initiative, schedules for implementing the activities, and methods of accountability to ensure the actions are being implemented and the goals met, officials said.

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