The Strategic Planning Framework
Building Our Future Together is a Strategic Planning Framework that will guide Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) as we seek to provide all students with the skills and knowledge needed for success. The Framework is built around three competencies—Academic Excellence, Creative Problem Solving, and Social Emotional Learning. These are the competencies our students will need to compete and thrive in the 21st century. We’ll monitor our progress at five important milestones in a student’s educational journey, from elementary school to graduation. The work of our schools and offices will be aligned to the three competencies, as well as a continued commitment to operational excellence and continuous improvement.
Students, Staff, and Community
We inspire learning by providing the greatest
public education to each and every student.
Every student will have the academic, creative
problem solving, and social emotional skills to be
successful in college and career.
Prepare all students to thrive in their future.
WE BELIEVE that we must engage every student, every day; learning
is achieved by cultivating curiosity and encouraging determination,
focus, and hard work; and adult learning and engagement are key to
THEREFORE , we will encourage and support critical thinking,
problem solving, active questioning, and risk taking to continuously
improve; stimulate discovery by engaging students in relevant and
rigorous academic, social, and emotional learning experiences; and
challenge ourselves to analyze and reflect upon evidence to improve
WE BELIEVE that meaningful collaboration is vital to our success;
strong partnerships are built on trust and open and honest communication;
and building relationships with our diverse community
requires us to understand the perspectives and experiences of others.
THEREFORE , we will get to know student and staff members as
individuals to better serve them; engage in interest-based decision
making with our partners to achieve mutually agreed upon goals;
and build strong relationships with students, family, staff, and community
to support learning.
WE BELIEVE that each individual’s contributions add value to our
learning community; fair treatment, honesty, openness, and integrity
are essential; and the diversity of our culture, interests, skills, and
backgrounds is an asset that makes us stronger.
THEREFORE , we will model civility in all interactions and encourage
candid conversations; deal fairly and honestly with each other; and
listen to others’ perspectives with openness and accept that there
are various points of view.
WE BELIEVE that raising the bar and setting high standards is necessary
to ensure that all students graduate ready for college and career;
we have to expect the best to get the best from everyone, every day;
and creating intellectual excitement and supporting personal growth
inspires us all toward excellence.
THEREFORE , we will push unceasingly for continuous improvement;
hold our practice and our work to the highest possible standards;
and nurture a culture of creativity and inquiry that supports innovation
WE BELIEVE that each and every student matters; outcomes should
not be predictable by race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status; equity
demands the elimination of all gaps; and creating and maximizing
future opportunities for students and staff is necessary.
THEREFORE , we will hold high expectations for all students and staff;
distribute resources as necessary to provide extra supports and interventions
so all students can achieve; identify and eliminate any institutional
barriers to students’ success; and ensure that equitable practices are used
in all classrooms and workplaces.