Mahtomedi Public Schools Strategic Plan Process
Mahtomedi’s Strategic Plan was developed by a Planning Team and Action Teams during the 2018-19 school year. The strategic planning process was guided by Superintendent Barb Duffrin and facilitated by Dr. Bill Cook of the Cambrian Group with internal facilitators Patrick Crothers, Technology Coordinator and Alice Seuffert, Communications Specialist. The planning process took place from January to August 2019. The strategic plan was presented to and approved by the School Board for approval on August 22, 2019, and shared with the school community staff on August 28, 2019.
Close to 100 individuals were involved in the Strategic Planning process. Individuals participating in the process included parents, teachers, staff, alumni, students, and community leaders and members. Several themes emerged from our Strategic Planning process: exceptional teaching and learning opportunities, discovery and pursuit of passions, personal growth and excellence, voice and choice in learning (agency), and being an inclusive learning community.
During the 2019-20 school year, all school buildings completed building-level plans.
Click below to watch the Strategic Plan presentation and approval at the August 22, 2019, Mahtomedi School Board meeting.
What is Strategic Planning? Through the strategic planning process, we define what makes Mahtomedi Public Schools unique, and push ourselves to articulate who we aspire to be.
As a community and as a district we established what student outcomes we expect as a result of graduating from Mahtomedi Schools and we will define our excellence beyond traditional measures. We need to ensure that our schools are equipping all students with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to pursue their highest aspirations.
Strategic planning gives us an opportunity to pause and consider our schools and systems holistically, rather than by single disciplines as we do in curricular reviews. Through our process, we will continue to build on our existing foundations of excellence, while creating opportunities for students to drive their learning and create possibility. Our strategic plan is unique to Mahtomedi Public Schools because it is developed by our community and owned by all of us.
The strategic planning process involved two equally important phases and teams (Planning Team and Action Teams) that included students, staff, parents, and other members of the community.
What is a Planning Team? The Planning Team is the first stage of the strategic planning process. The Planning Team included approximately 30 district and community leaders. This group established Mahtomedi’s belief statements, mission statement, as well as the objectives and strategies to accomplish the mission statement. The Planning Team’s work guided the work of the Action Teams.
What are Action Teams? The strategies associated with implementing the mission statement of the district drove the work of the Action Teams to create action plans. The action plans are the projects, plans, and initiatives needed to make all of the strategic planning work a reality in Mahtomedi Public Schools.
What are School Strategic Plans (Building-Level plans)?
Each school building at Mahtomedi Public Schools, has developed their own strategic plan. These building-level plans establish a relationship between the district's strategic plan and school plans and identifies how each building will uniquely support the work of the district. Click here to view the school strategic plans.
The mission of the Mahtomedi School District, the unified community of courageous hearts and curious minds dedicated to inspiring personal excellence, is to ensure that each student is a bold agent of learning who successfully pursues their passions while advancing the greater good, through a vital system distinguished by:
environments that inspire curiosity
an inclusive learning community
an array of exceptional learning experiences
teaching and learning that imparts a global view
culture of empathy that empowers the whole person
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