Plan Focus is on Becoming a High-Performing School Division
Alexandria City Public Schools launched its ACPS 2020 Strategic Plan this week, setting a new path for the future to ensure continued focus on becoming a high-performing school division and see that every one of its students are equipped with the tools to succeed.
ACPS 2020, based on the mission statement Every Student Succeeds, will guide the direction of Alexandria City Public Schools over the next five years.
The mission statement emphasizes the main goals for which ACPS is striving. It focuses on becoming a high-performing school division, through focusing on each individual student and their individual needs. It puts an emphasis on equity, through the modernization of facilities so that every student has an optimal learning environment, with equal access to program opportunities, and it embraces diversity through ensuring that every child, no matter what their background or where they are from, has access to a great education.
“This is a new plan with energy, vision and the benefit of one simple, all-embracing mission that every student can succeed. This plan will act as a road map for everything we do as a school division over the next five years and is critical to help us reach our overarching goals,” said Superintendent Alvin L. Crawley.
The Strategic Plan will be rolled out through round-table events involving discussions with staff in every goal area over the course of the next five years.
“The 2020 Strategic Plan now feels alive and has already started to be integrated into the division’s daily work. The School Board has incorporated the goals into every item the staff presents to us. This plan has owners and those owners are clear – it is all of us. We each are taking a piece, and making strong decisions so that every student succeeds,” said School Board Chair Karen Graf.
ACPS 2020 is focused around achieving six goals. Each goal has a goal owner to ensure that it is kept on track throughout the next five years.
Goal: Academic Excellence and Educational Equity — Academics are the foundation of a high performing school division and the foundation of ACPS work over the next five years. The goal at ACPS is to see every student academically successful and prepared for life, work, and college. ACPS pledges to educate students in an atmosphere of excellence and educational equity and see students challenged to stretch their talents and aspirations. But more than that, ACPS pledges education equity — not only to see all students treated equally, but to see each of them challenged individually, their interests and abilities expanded, and each given the tools to excel. ACPS wants to see every student challenged, inspired and engaged. This is what it means to have every student succeed academically.Terri Mozingo, Chief Academic Officer
Goal: Family and Community Engagement — Family and community engagement is about connecting with families and the community in educating Alexandria’s young people. Through this goal, ACPS recognizes that the education of our youth is a responsibility we share with our families. ACPS needs to nurture the vital role that families play. By assisting families in understanding the curriculum and helping to find ways in which they can support their children at home, everyone benefits. By welcoming the support of the community we expand what we can offer our students. You will see the number of connections between ACPS and the business community through partnerships, tutoring, internships and jobs increase over the next five years. Our pledge is to stay connected so that every student can succeed. Tammy Ignacio, Chief of Staff
Goal: An Exemplary Staff — Good teachers and highly qualified professional staff are the keystone of a high performing school division. ACPS goal is to recruit, develop, support, and retain a staff that meets the needs of every student. ACPS employees need to be resourceful, flexible and creative. They must value diversity and collaboration and work well in teams and they must feel empowered to be truly excellent educational leaders. We want a staff whose diversity both reflects our community and meets the needs of a multicultural student body and we want to encourage staff to replicate examples of excellence across the entire division. ACPS also wants to encourage an easy flow of communication between our schools and central office. Through this ACPS will ensure every student is supported by an exemplary staff. Kevin North, Chief Human Resources Officer
Goal: Facilities and the Learning Environment — Equity is a pillar of the ACPS 2020 plan. This is particularly relevant in the facilities ACPS offers students and staff. The ACPS 2020 plan pledges to work for the modernization of all schools so that every student has not just a beautiful building and learning space, but optimal learning environments as well, with equal access to program opportunities. We have to remember that the physical environment of school buildings and school grounds is a key factor in the overall health and safety of students and staff members. Student achievement can be positively affected by a positive physical environment. We know that safe and clean environments are the best places to learn. Schools should be a source of pride for teachers, community members and students — and that means every student. Clarence Stukes, Chief Operations Officer
Goal: Health and Wellness — In ACPS, we are committed to the health and well-being of all of our students and our staff. We know that when students learn to lead a healthy lifestyle early in school, these practices tend to follow them into adulthood. ACPS demonstrated our commitment to supporting the physical, social and emotional wellness of our students by identifying a goal specific to health and wellness. We are proud of this unique part of our strategic plan. This focus helps promote a philosophy of caring for ourselves, service to others, safe environments, positive social interactions, acceptance and self-discipline. Proper health and wellness are vital to ensuring that every student succeeds. Julie Crawford, Executive Director of Alternative Programs and Equity
Goal: Effective and Efficient Operations — ACPS handles its business operations with diligent care and the highest ethical standards in order to provide proper stewardship and a full accounting of our resources. Having a strategic goal such as Effective and Efficient Operations in the 2020 plan demonstrates the importance of this work for all ACPS staff. This goal means we must be prudent in our use and allocation of funds, maintain sound business practices and procedures, and be transparent in all that we do. ACPS must gain and maintain the confidence of our community, our staff and our students in order to grow Alexandria’s financial investment in its children. By doing so, every student succeeds. Stacey Johnson, Chief Financial Officer