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.