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Strategic Blueprint 2019-2024

The School District of Lancaster established a five-year strategic blueprint to focus its work on four key focus areas: Teaching & Learning, Student-Centered Climate & Culture, Community Engagement and Operational Effectiveness. The blueprint is informed by the school board’s district goals and builds on the initiatives and successes in the district’s previous strategic plan.


Teaching & Learning

Focus Area One

The School District of Lancaster will improve academic growth and achievement among all student groups, increase grade level reading proficiency for all student subgroups, enhance college and career readiness and implement a professional learning system that is responsive to the needs and interests of staff.

Align curriculum assessments, and instruction to the PA Standards

  • Conduct curricula assessment (K-8, core courses at Campus). Write ELA curricula K-8
  • Write, implement aligned curricula, facilitate data reflection to inform revisions
  • Adopt curriculum review cycle to ensure a standards-aligned curricula for grades K-12

Improve classroom instruction K-12

  • Revisit Marzano training for teachers and administrators, conduct instructional calibration activities, implement Leadership Academy PD
  • Establish system for quarterly instructional rounds across buildings
  • Instructional rounds commitment and participation at all buildings across the District
  • Integrate Technology. Provide hands-on PD to prepare and empower teachers and leaders for the integration of technology in classrooms
  • Develop professional staff to implement and use technology in
  • Develop critical thinkers empowered by leveraging technology to problem solve, analyze, create, collaborate, and curate their digital portfolios
  • Provide frequent, timely, and systemic feedback and support
    on instructional practices.
  • Design coaching PD for all instructional leaders and instructional coaches Provide fully differentiated high quality PD based on quarterly assessment
  • Identify coaching teams with teacher leaders and principals for deeper development

Improve middle level teaching, learning and design

  • Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) Assessment,
    Demonstration School for Rigor (Hand MS)
  • Implementation of CSI models and best practices in instruction
  • Continued implementation of CSI models and best practices in instruction
  • Increase middle level world language access via Middle Years
    Program (MYP)
  • Add grade 6 Spanish (MYP) toward authorization of MYP grades 6-10
  • Meet all requirements for MYP authorization

Build a Culture of Literacy

  • Continue elementary independent reading (ARC), extend pilot for Grade 6
  • Explore ARC middle school grades 7 & 8
  • Determine feasibility of ARC K-8
  • Enhance literacy in all grades and all disciplines through curricular refinement
  • Enhance literacy in all grades and all disciplines through curricular refinement
  • Monitor literacy in all grades and all disciplines

Identify professional learning needs through analysis of a variety of data

  • Review building, District, and Voluntary Professional
  • Development surveys for themes and needs
  • Ensure quarterly data review and commitment to the expressed needs of our system
  • Conduct external assessment of professional development processes and outcomes

Identify and address individual student learning needs (multi-tiered system of support)

  • Clearly define Tier I (universal) level of instruction aligned to the academic standards
  • Implement multi-tiered instruction with fidelity, aligned to the academic standards and supported by appropriate curricular resources
  • Continuous assessment of student outcomes and professional development needs based on instructional effectiveness
  • Explore Tier II (targeted) and Tier III (intensive) research-based interventions and supports with a collaborative team
  • Pilot Tier II and Tier III research-based interventions and supports
  • Multi-tiered systems of instructional support with fidelity

Enhance college and career readiness

  • Identify gaps in Career Education Work (CEW) standards to align with Future Ready PA requirements
  • Implement Career Education Work (CEW) standards to align with Future Ready PA requirements
  • Assess and enhance instructional delivery through Career Education Work (CEW) standards to align with Future Ready PA requirements

Student-Centered Climate & Culture

Focus Area Two

The School District of Lancaster will foster and sustain a school environment that is safe, encouraging and culturally responsive for all students, engages students in their learning, improves attendance and behavior and provides a Multi-Tiered System of Support.

Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

  • By June 2020, all SDoL schools are exploring and/or implementing PBIS using the Tiered Fidelity Inventory (TFI)
  • Differentiate support for schools sustaining Tier I and implementing Tier II and Tier III
  • All SDoL schools will meet fidelity requirements as determined from the Pennsylvania PBIS Network by 2024

Restorative Practices

  • Train Restorative Practices Facilitators in order to build capacity
  • Continue training all staff in Introduction to Restorative Practices and using circles effectively
  • All staff will be trained in Restorative Practices and Circles by 2022

Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI)

  • Continue district level training to build capacity
  • By June 2020, there will be 27 district trainers
  • By September 2020, each school will have a CPI response team
  • All staff will be trained in verbal de-escalation by 2024

Social Emotional Learning Curriculum

  • Utilizing current resources, staff will deliver SEL-related content and/or facilitate Circles in all middle school advisory periods
  • Using the needs assessment, select the curriculum type
  • Assess student SEL and development, survey staff/parents
  • Provide ongoing training and assessment
  • Organize a curriculum team (include Counselors, OTL, building leaders, teachers, etc) to research curriculum options
  • Assess district readiness for SEL
  • Conduct student needs assessment
  • Identify the type of curriculum
  • Create a PD plan to train staff in the selected curriculum
  • Implement the PD plan
  • Implement the curriculum

Deep Equity

  • Train Equity Facilitators across the district in order to build capacity
  • In 2019-20, all staff introduced to Phase I: Tone and Trust and Phase II: Personal Journey
  • Continue to enhance Phase 1 and 2 through turn around training with Equity Facilitators
  • Develop training plan for professional and support staff for 2020-2021 school year
  • All staff will be trained in Phase 1 through Phase 5 by 2024

Community Engagement

Focus Area Three

The School District of Lancaster will increase indicators of perception on constituent surveys, positive sentiment as a share of overall media impressions, parent engagement on district communications platforms, participation by businesses, community organizations and volunteers and financial and in-kind support of schools and programs.

Build positive brand association among external constituencies

  • Leverage new website to improve key metrics for audience
  • Generate positive impressions through earned media
  • Develop new recruiting materials
  • Leverage Portrait of a Graduate content to establish brand promise
  • Develop campaign to increase portion of cyber students attending Lancaster Cyber Program

Inspire Internal Audiences, Including Parents and Guardians, and Staff, to Engage with SDoL to Support Student Learning

  • Leverage Facebook to facilitate two-way communications
  • Leverage Twitter to establish thought leadership
  • Establish a regular parent email blast
  • Execute a targeted attendance campaign
  • Evaluate upgrades to SDoL mobile app and make recommendations
  • Write a crisis communications plan

Advocate for SDoL and its priorities among community leaders

  • Establish regular communication channels with local leaders
  • Position SDoL superintendent as thought leader in urban education
  • Establish and maintain a database of SDoL donors / supporters

Operational Effectiveness

Focus Area Four

The School District of Lancaster will attract and retain a highly qualified and diverse staff that effectively meets the needs of its students, build technology and facility infrastructure to support 21st Century learners, and realize system efficiencies to deploy resources for greatest impact.

Attract high quality and diverse staff

  • Strengthen the equity informed recruitment and selection process
  • Create equitable career pathway programs in partnership with District stakeholders and higher education institutions
  • Implement equitable career pathway programs

Develop staff to effectively meet the District’s evolving needs

  • Expand plan to ensure effective delivery of required trainings, including the use of technology
  • Partner with District stakeholders to re-envision and design effective and comprehensive onboarding and induction programs
  • Enhance succession plans and workforce planning practices
  • Implement customized development plans to meet needs identified through succession plans and workforce readiness plans

Engage and retain high performing staff

  • Revise Staff Engagement Survey (administered through F&M)
  • Engage staff to develop and implement retention strategies based on survey results
  • Implement, assess the effectiveness of, and improve upon retention strategies based on survey results

School Construction & Renovation

  • Continue construction plans and debt financing for projects in progress
  • Ensure financing needs are met to complete all four building projects and invest excess funds into Capital Reserve
  • Review and plan to implement a long-term financial plan to fund remaining projects

School Security Renovation

  • Implement plans to address secure entry points at identified schools using one-time financial resources in our reserves
  • Complete buildings not in the current construction phase schedule to address long-term security needs using one-time financial resources
  • Review and align all buildings to our master plan for long-term school security plans

Technology Infrastructure

  • Implement Year 2 of our technology plan including grade 9 (6th – 9th grade iPads)
  • Elementary classroom deployment of iPads 15:1 ratio
  • Implement Year 3 & 4 of the the technology plan including grade 10 & 11 (6th – 11th grade iPads). Elementary classroom deployment of iPads 30:1 ratio
  • Implement Year 5 of the technology plan across all grade levels

Student Information Systems

  • Implement new Student Information System District-wide
  • Continued training of all end-users to analyze and create data efficiencies to drive decision-making
  • Review and monitor systems to ensure training is aligned to District needs

Managing Absences due to External Professional Development

  • Identify system issues related to external professional development
  • Implement and monitor a new process that provides appropriate coverage for staff absences
  • Monitor and collect data on the process to ensure we are meeting District outcomes

District Boundary & Transportation Analysis

  • Engage a task force to evaluate our district boundaries, walkability and school utilization
  • Evaluate the data and financial impact of the recommendations from the task force to determine the feasibility of implementation
  • Provide recommendations to the Board
  • Implement any feasible opportunities from the study that will address equitable opportunities for students