Making Decisions in Alignment with the Needs of your School
Flexibility decisions should be made in alignment with the school’s strategic plan to ensure consistency with the school’s broader context. School leaders are advised to review their strategic plans, as well as other existing planning documents (UIP, innovation plans, intensive school snapshots, etc.) and evaluate in what ways the district options do or do not support the priorities that have been identified. The School Step-Back Decision Guide is available to support school leaders in conducting a school scan, in which they reflect on data trends to determine if these support the school’s priorities and adjust accordingly. After reviewing and, if needed, revising their schools’ priorities, school leaders should engage their instructional leadership teams around flexibility decisions to identify student needs and carefully consider the school’s leadership and staff capacity. Additionally, school leaders should review their enrollment projections as well as their budget. All of these crucial strategic planning components should then infuse discussions among an instructional leadership team as it makes flexibility decisions.
School leaders should use this Strategic Planning Support Guide which includes several key questions, organized by the key school improvement levers identified by the district, that you may want to consider when deciding whether to opt-in or decline to opt-in to district-supported resources.