ERIC Number: ED364393
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Oct-15
Strategic Planning: It's Essential for Rural Schools. If You Fail To Plan, You Plan To Fail.
Hayden, J. Gary
Strategic planning can assist a rural school district to determine its future, rather than allowing others to determine it. Strategic planning is a discipline and a process that produces a results-based, action-oriented plan for the next 3-5 years. Organizations either ascend or decline, and strategic planning can help an organization create a new growth pattern through the process of visioning the future. This is particularly important for school systems, where change can be very difficult. There are a variety of models for strategic planning. The Cambridge educational process and product model includes the following steps: (1) communicate about the need for planning; (2) collect important organizational data before planning; (3) select a planning team of 25 people; (4) develop components of the strategic plan at the first planning session; (5) communicate the proposed plan to stakeholder groups; (6) develop action plans to implement each component or strategy; (7) conduct a second planning session to consider each action plan; (8) summarize the final plan; (9) have the board of education approve the plan; (10) implement the plan; and (11) update annually. Plan components include belief statements, mission statement, parameters, internal analysis, external analysis, organizational competition, critical issues, objectives, strategies, and action plans. All stakeholder groups must be represented on the planning team, which must develop the strategic plan by consensus. (SV)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Rural Education Association (Burlington, VT, October 14-17, 1993).