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Strategic Plan

Update on the Process - February 6, 2020

Over the past few months, we have continued to carefully comb through and analyze the extensive data collected during numerous workshops and interviews, and from surveys and the Community Design Day. Thank you to all of you who participated in these information gathering efforts and our dynamic Design Day.
After further assessment, along with the valuable guidance of our external consulting partner Leadership+Design, we consolidated our initial ideas into the following three strategic priorities and related goals:

These strategic priorities and goals will provide the structure for our strategic plan and are guiding our decision-making. And, of course, a foundation of financial sustainability is an essential component in our plans for the School’s future.
As part of our efforts, we have been working with the School’s leadership team to assess initiatives that can help the School to achieve these goals and priorities. Over the next several months, we will continue to evaluate these initiatives and start to identify specific tasks. Our aim is to communicate the details of our visionary new plan in the fall of 2020.  
We cannot thank you enough for all of your input and ideas. Your enthusiastic participation has been critical to the development of the plan, and your support and encouragement will be essential as we move ahead.

Strategic Plan Communication

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  • Strategic Plan Update - 10.25.19

    We are excited about all of the great work and progress that we have made on the Strategic Plan.   
    First, a big thank you to the many for participating in the numerous workshops, interviews, surveys, and well-attended community day that have been organized or distributed since we started the strategic planning process in January. More than 50% of our school community has contributed ideas thus far and we thank you for your input, feedback and time. Although we have made significant progress, there is more to do, and we look forward to continued involvement from our community.  
    All of the work that we have done together has resulted in a significant amount of quantitative data and qualitative information and feedback. With our external consulting partner, Leadership+Design, our goal has been to run a comprehensive and best practices process that yields a result that is best suited for the future of our school and our boys in particular.  
    Over the summer, a working group, including our Headmaster, read through all of the information that we have gathered in our discovery process and analyzed it to identify key themes that appeared. Those themes were presented to our volunteer Strategic Planning Team that includes parents, teachers, administrators, alumni and trustees this past week. It has also been presented to our Board of Trustees. The initial themes include:
    • Educating the Whole Boy
    • Being Experts on Boys Education
    • Professional Learning and Development for our Faculty and Administration
    • An Engaged Community 
    • A Connected Campus 
    We are excited to explore these themes further and will continue to engage with the broader community over the coming months to create a vision, goals, objectives and initiatives together to support them. We welcome your input, so please keep a look out for additional invitations, events and surveys. In the meantime, if you have any questions, thoughts or ideas, please submit them through our Strategic Plan suggestion form or reach out to Jim Wilson or Winnie Barnes
  • Strategic Plan Update - 4.9.19

    On January 7, the School announced the start of a comprehensive strategic planning process.
    In December, in preparation for the launch, the Strategic Planning Team read Change by Design by Tim Brown. The book provided an overview of the design thinking process, which is the approach the School is using for the planning process. We were also fortunate to have Tim Fish, Chief Innovation Officer at NAIS, visit the School on Sunday, December 9, during which he shared trends and innovations in independent schools so that the Board of Trustees, senior administration and the Strategic Planning Team had the tools to better understand the state of the market.
    In January, Leadership & Design (L+D), a leading strategic planning firm with whom we are working to guide us through the process, started to gather information to help formulate our priorities by holding in-depth interviews with faculty & staff. In early March, L+D led parents and faculty through strategic exercises in a series of three Think Tanks. L+D also had the opportunity to shadow two students through their daily schedule.
    At the first planning session on February 1, L+D facilitated a series of exploratory exercises for the Strategic Planning Team. At the conclusion of this meeting, the Team created several smaller Inquiry Groups based on initial data gathered and further information to explore.  
    These Inquiry Groups have been collecting additional data from all community constituent groups (e.g., current and past parents, faculty and staff, students, and alumni) by conducting discovery interviews, sending out surveys and reviewing existing data. The Strategic Planning Team reconvened at the beginning of March to review the findings of the Inquiry Groups and to identify next steps for our April meeting.
    On April 5, the Strategic Planning Team met again, this time to share additional findings from the Inquiry Groups and then, using all data collected to date, formulate strategic priorities.
    On May 4, all members of the A-S community will have the chance to explore these strategic priorities at our Community Design Day. We are looking for everyone, students as well, to participate in this day. Childcare will be available. Since this is an all-community event, we hope that you will join us in this important process.
  • Strategic Plan - Letter to the Community

    Following Allen-Stevenson's most recent reaccreditation in 2017 and our transformative building expansion project, we have begun a Strategic Planning process. We expect this plan will reflect the aims of our Mission Statement and influence how we think about teaching and learning as well as the future direction of Allen-Stevenson.

    Allen-Stevenson will officially kick off its Strategic Planning process in January. The Steering Committee will work hand-in-hand with the Strategic Planning Team which is comprised of trustees, administrators, faculty members, alumni, and current and past parents, who bring a wide variety of experience and expertise to the planning. To help guide us through this year-long process, we have partnered with Leadership+Design, a leading strategic planning firm with extensive experience guiding independent schools on the path of designing their future.
    Your Involvement
    We want the planning process to be inclusive, giving members of the community – parents, students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends of Allen-Stevenson – the chance to share their thoughts about the direction they envision for the School going forward.
    There will be multiple ways to be involved from interviews, forums and focus groups to community-wide surveys to an open and collaborative Community Design Day on May 4.
    Our Goal
    As a community, we will create a Strategic Plan that will guide us as we ensure our school is building boys who make the world a better place. We hope that you will participate in the development of this plan throughout the various steps that will get us there.
    We look forward to working with all members of the Allen-Stevenson community. Please continue to follow the Strategic Planning updates as they are shared with you by email, on the website and in meetings. Watch this space for periodic updates.

    Fortiter et Recte!
    Mark Greene, President, Board of Trustees
    David R. Trower, Headmaster
    Jim Wilson, Trustee, and Chair, Strategic Planning Committee

Strategic Planning FAQs

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  • Q: What is strategic planning?

    Strategic planning can be a way to build and unify a community towards an exciting and bold future.  And it can be fun too.

    Strategic planning can also build capacity. School communities emerge with problem-solving skills, habits, and mindsets that they can use to think more creatively about future challenges and initiatives.
    ~ Leadership + Design
  • Q: How does the building project relate to this planning?

    As you may know, the School is in the midst of an ambitious, transformative building expansion project, and many of our educational goals will be supported handsomely by our new facilities. This state-of-the-art schoolhouse will:
    • Support inquiry, project-based, and interdisciplinary learning programs in the sciences, humanities, and other areas;
    • Create high-quality educational facilities (including the visual and performing arts, as well as new science/engineering labs and a greenhouse) with appropriate opportunities for flexibility, transparency, and collaboration;
    • Provide additional space on site for physical education, wellness and athletics;
    • Add a new multi-purpose performing arts studio to supplement the Assembly Hall and accommodate classes, rehearsals, and recitals for music, dance, and drama;
    • Use the best technology available to enhance teaching, learning, and security;
    • Renovate and update our dining facilities, including a brand new kitchen to accommodate the needs of the Allen-Stevenson community.

Reading to Get You Thinking

Community Engagement

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  • + Steering Committee

    Jim Wilson P '24 '26, Trustee and Chair, Strategic Planning Committee
    Stephanie Drescher Gorman P '22, '24, Trustee
    Kerianne Flynn P '24, Trustee
    Monica Keany P '22, '25, Trustee
    David R. Trower, Head of School
    Winnie Barnes P '10, Director of Organizational Initiatives
  • + Strategic Planning Team

    Jim Wilson P '24 '26, Trustee and Chair, Strategic Planning Committee
    Stephanie Drescher Gorman P '22, '24, Trustee
    Kerianne Flynn P '24Trustee
    David Trower, Head of School
    Winnie Barnes P '10, Director of Organizational Initiatives
    Monica Keany P '22, '25, Trustee
    Aima Raza P '24, Trustee
    Hydee Bressler, Director of Finance and Operations
    Susan Etess, Director of Admissions, Enrollment and Financial Aid
    Anne Meyer, Director of Learning Resources
    Lauren Pemberton, Kindergarten Specialist and Director of After School
    Sarah Woods, Director of Communications
    Katherine Callahan, Group 2020 Liaison, 3rd Grade Teacher
    Michelle Demko, Music Department Head
    Kim Sklow, Group 2020 Liaison, 8th/9th Grade History, Advisory Program Coordinator
    Samara Spielberg, Spanish Department Head
    Chap Warren, Science, STEAM, Robotics
    Kristin Klabin P '22, '24
    Jamie Magid '91, P '27
    Claire du Nouy P '24
    Audrey Rasch P '23, '27, Incoming PA President
    Liz Steinberg P '23, PA President
    Alex Klaris '06, Alumni Council President
    Amy Peck P'26, PA Logistics Coordinator
    Valerie Peltier P '13, '14

Questions or Suggestions?

Feel free to contact Jim Wilson or Winnie Barnes or click on the button below to share your suggestions

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