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The Strategic Planning Framework

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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.

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Building Our Future Together was created in collaboration with many stakeholders, including students, staff, parents, and community.

MCPS is committed to educating our students so that academic success is not predictable by race, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, language proficiency, or disability. We will continue to strive until the achievement gap has been eliminated for all groups. Our students will graduate with deep academic knowledge in the core subjects as well as other content areas, such as the arts and technology, preparing them for tomorrow’s complex world and workplace.

This Framework outlines the expectations for students, staff, and community members around the three competencies and lays out a clear path to meet our goals. MCPS will continue to organize and optimize resources that will align to these three competency areas and reflect the Board’s core values to ensure that every student is well prepared for success beyond high school.

The MCPS community is committed to a culture of collaboration, innovation, and equity. It is this focus that has made MCPS one of the premier school districts in the nation and will allow us to continue to serve our students at the highest level for generations to come.

We Are Building Our Future Together 


Students, Staff, and Community

  • VISION

    We inspire learning by providing the greatest public education to each and every student.

  • MISSION

    Every student will have the academic, creative problem solving, and social emotional skills to be successful in college and career.

  • CORE PURPOSE

    Prepare all students to thrive in their future.
  • CORE VALUES

    Learning

    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 student learning.

    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 our practices.

    , Relationships

    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.

    , Respect

    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.

    , Excellence

    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 and progress.

    , Equity

    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.

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Three Core Competencies

The Skills and Knowledge Our Students Need for Success in the 21st Century

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Academic Excellence

MCPS students will

  • Demonstrate readiness for post-secondary study and/or the workforce so that all students are prepared for success upon high school graduation
  • Demonstrate literacy across all content areas by reading complex texts, writing for multiple purposes, speaking in a variety of situations, and using language effectively
  • Engage in challenging and wide-ranging content
  • Apply learning to new situations

MCPS staff will

  • Demonstrate high expectations for all students
  • Deliver culturally relevant and responsive instruction
  • Differentiate instruction to meet the needs of all students
  • Evaluate what students know and are able to do through multiple and diverse measures
 
    • Demonstrate readiness for post-secondary study and/or the workforce so that all students are prepared for success upon high school graduation
    • Demonstrate literacy across all content areas by reading complex texts, writing for multiple purposes, speaking in a variety of situations, and using language effectively
    • Engage in challenging and wide-ranging content
    • Apply learning to new situations
     
    • Demonstrate high expectations for all students
    • Deliver culturally relevant and responsive instruction
    • Differentiate instruction to meet the needs of all students
    • Evaluate what students know and are able to do through multiple and diverse measures
     
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Creative Problem Solving

MCPS students will

  • Think critically and creatively to solve complex and unfamiliar problems
  • Clearly articulate thoughts, ideas, and information using oral, written, and nonverbal communication
  • Analyze problems and use evidence to support conclusions
  • Use a variety of instructional resources and technology to enhance learning

MCPS staff will

  • Engage students in active learning of relevant and challenging content
  • Create an environment that fosters student learning in a variety of ways and settings
  • Empower students to take ownership of learning
  • Present open-ended and real-world problems to encourage students to generate original or innovative solutions
 
    • Think critically and creatively to solve complex and unfamiliar problems
    • Clearly articulate thoughts, ideas, and information using oral, written, and nonverbal communication
    • Analyze problems and use evidence to support conclusions
    • Use a variety of instructional resources and technology to enhance learning
     
    • Engage students in active learning of relevant and challenging content
    • Create an environment that fosters student learning in a variety of ways and settings
    • Empower students to take ownership of learning
    • Present open-ended and real-world problems to encourage students to generate original or innovative solutions
     
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Social Emotional Learning

MCPS students will

  • Value and respect diversity and differences
  • Make constructive and healthy decisions that promote hope, personal well-being, and social behavior
  • Build their resilience, perseverance, selfawareness, and growth mindset
  • Enhance their social awareness, including collaboration, empathy, and relationship-building skills

MCPS staff will

  • Foster respect for diversity, risk-taking, collaboration, constructive debate, and productive conflict resolution
  • Promote safety and social, emotional, and physical well-being
  • Create opportunities for students and staff to interact positively with each other
  • Teach and model resilience, perseverance, self-awareness, and growth mindset
  • Build on each others’ and students’ strengths
 
    • Value and respect diversity and differences
    • Make constructive and healthy decisions that promote hope, personal well-being, and social behavior
    • Build their resilience, perseverance, selfawareness, and growth mindset
    • Enhance their social awareness, including collaboration, empathy, and relationship-building skills
     
    • Foster respect for diversity, risk-taking, collaboration, constructive debate, and productive conflict resolution
    • Promote safety and social, emotional, and physical well-being
    • Create opportunities for students and staff to interact positively with each other
    • Teach and model resilience, perseverance, self-awareness, and growth mindset
    • Build on each others’ and students’ strengths
     

The Foundation: Organizational Effectiveness

  • Engage collaboratively and respectfully with all partners, building a self-renewing learning community that reflects our values
  • Provide the highest quality business operations and support services that are essential to the educational success of all students
  • Organize and optimize resources, including effective use of technology and sustainable practices
  • Establish strategic processes for operational excellence, customer service, and shared accountability that support teaching and learning
  • Hire for excellence and build capacity of all staff
  • Promote effective two-way communication
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Measuring Our Success

Five Districtwide Milestones

Five districtwide milestones have been established to measure student progress. Performance targets are being set for these milestones and their corresponding data indicators to guide schools and departments in developing action plans to improve student achievement.

  • GRADE 3

    • Reading at the proficient and advanced levels
  • GRADE 5

    • Reading and mathematics at the proficient and advanced levels
    • Hope, engagement, and well-being
  • GRADE 8

    • Reading and mathematics at the proficient and advanced levels
    • Algebra 1 with a grade of C or higher
    • Hope, engagement, and well-being
  • GRADE 9

    • English with a grade of C or higher
    • Mathematics with a grade of C or higher
    • Eligibility
  • GRADUATION—COLLEGE AND CAREER READY

    • Algebra 2 with a grade of C or higher
    • AP 3 or higher/IB 4 or higher
    • SAT 1650 or higher/ACT 24 or higher
    • Hope, engagement, and well-being
    • On-time graduation

School Support and Improvement Framework

The data from the five milestones will be a major component of the School Support and Improvement Framework (SSIF), which district leaders will use to obtain a complete picture of how schools are serving students and how best to improve teaching and learning. The major components of the SSIF are student outcomes, perceptual data, implementation, and leadership. More information about the SSIF will be posted in the fall of 2013.

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