Key Points of the 2025 Strategic Plan: Equity for All

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  • THE THEME OF RACIAL EQUITY

    Through the 2025 strategic plan, ACPS has pledged to provide an equitable, high quality education which is accessible and engaging to all students in a five-year strategic plan approved by the School Board today (Friday).

    Equity For All 2025 is being heralded as “a bold” and “courageous” roadmap that is timely and will position ACPS as a national leader in redefining PreK-12 education as a deliberately inclusive and supportive experience where all succeed.

    Going forward, racial equity will be at the center of every decision that the school division will make.

    This plan could not be more timely or critical as our nation grapples with the action needed for anti-racism. This plan is bold, courageous and aims to tackle our equity issues head-on.

     

    THE PLAN’S CONTENT

    The 2020-25 Strategic Plan “Equity for All 2025” is bold, courageous and aims to tackle our equity issues head-on. 

    The plan’s mission is to ensure success by inspiring students and addressing barriers to learning.

    The plan’s vision is: Empowering all students to thrive in a diverse and ever-changing world.

    The plan has five core values. We want ACPS to be:

    • Welcoming
    • Empowering
    • Equity-Focused
    • Innovative
    • Results-Driven

    And the plan has five goals, each with racial equity at their heart.

    • Systemic Alignment
    • Instructional Excellence
    • Student Accessibility and Support
    • Strategic Resource Allocation
    • Family and Community Engagement

    Each of the five goals for the 2025 Strategic Plan has a number of measures that will help us monitor progress and accountability in achieving the goal. In addition to measures, each goal also has a number of strategies and highlighted actions, which outline the steps that ACPS will take to achieve the goal. 

    Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) define the key overall outcomes that an organization is trying to achieve. They answer the question of what success looks like and how will we know if we are progressing toward the intended outcome. As an educational organization, within ACPS all KPIs are student outcomes.

     

    THE PROCESS TO DEVELOP 2025

    The development of the ACPS 2025 Strategic Plan was guided by ACPS’ consultant FourPoint Education Partners and has taken more than a year of collaboration and engagement to establish the plan.

    It involved a Strategic Planning Committee consisting of a 60+ committee made up of ACPS staff from every school, students, parents and representation from key community groups across Alexandria.

    The plan was drawn up using an assessment of our data and analysis of our priorities.

    Feedback on the draft strategic plan was received from several stakeholders and is attached to this memo. Overall feedback received on the strategic plan was positive. Feedback themes included topics around racial equity, unified planning committee commitments, strategies around SEAL, accessibility of the document, and a desire to understand next steps after plan adoption. 

    We want to say thank you to all those — and particularly those on the Strategic Planning Committee — who contributed their time over the course of many days and evenings to help build this plan.

     

    UNIFIED PLANNING PROCESS

    For the first time in the history of ACPS, the strategic planning process was aligned with the planning process for multiple citywide departments and organizations with the goal of ensuring that City and school plans have shared goals and outcomes. 

    This Unified Planning Team included the Department of Community and Human Services’ Children and Youth Master Plan (CYMP), and the Alexandria Health Department and the Partnership for a Healthier Alexandria’s Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). 

    Unified Planning Focused in Three Key Areas:

    Racial Equity: The fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement for all people, while at the same time striving to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented the full participation of some groups. Specifically, when race can no longer be used to predict life outcomes and outcomes for all groups are improved.

    Developmental Assets approach: These 40 positive supports and strengths are building blocks that children and teenagers need as a foundation for growing up. Research shows that these assets can have a positive impact on young people’s lives. 

    Trauma-informed: The increased awareness of trauma and adverse childhood experiences (ACES) will build a stronger more resilient trauma-informed community.