The Groton Dunstable Regional School District current has no adopted a strategic plan and according to superintendent, Dr. Kristan Rodriguez, “We had more of a maintenance plan than a capital plan”.
When asked about how the five-year strategic plan was developed, Dr. Kristan Rodriguez states that “Our work is guided by the book, Strategy in Action: How School Systems Can Support Powerful Learning and Teaching by Rachel E. Curtis and Elizabeth A. City”. The composition and timeline were defined at a school committee workshop.
Dr. Kristan Rodriguez developed an entry plan so that she could learn about the school district, introduce herself to the community and establish a basis for future leadership. A summary and the goal of this entry plan can be found at http://www.gdrsd.org/files/user/1/file/KR-Entry%20Plan-GDRSD.pdf
This entry plan included but was not limited to the review of relevant documents and data, visits within the district and in both towns, conversations with individuals and groups within the district and a review of the current mission and culture. The entry work ran began in June 2014.
The makeup of the strategy committee was determined by the school committee during a school committee workshop along with the definition of tasks for both the strategy committee and the leadership team.
Current Strategy Committee Members Include:
Alison Manugian, School Committee
Leslie Lathrop, School Committee
Ellen Potter, Elementary Staff
Kelly Cook, Secondary Staff
Liz Garden, Flo Ro Principal
Amy Lovell Kelly, Groton Parent
Karen Locker, Dunstable Parent
Danny Devlin, Dunstable Board of Selectman
Mark Haddad, Groton Town Manager
Peter Cronin, Strategy Expert (recent addition)
Katie Novak, Assistant Superintendent
Kristan Rodriguez, Superintendent
The strategy committee helped review the data that was articulated in the report. The data for this report was reviewed and vetted by the strategy committee and the report of entry findings was shared in January 2015. It was distributed widely and later presented at a SC meeting. The result of this work can be viewed in the entry report findings at http://www.gdrsd.org/files/user/1/file/Entry%20Plan%20Final(1).pdf
After the themes and identified areas for improvement were identified, working groups (led by strategy subcommittee members) were established to do root cause analysis and engage in the logic model. This work was conducted between winter 2015 and spring 2015. This work was reviewed by the greater stakeholder groups. Dr. Kristan Rodriguez stated, “An example of these groups were all teachers validating potential root causes at faculty meetings during spring 2015 for the curriculum areas”. Details on the root cause work can be found at http://www.gdrsd.org/files/user/17/file/Strategy%20In%20Action-Check%20In.pdf
At a recent school committee workshop, the school committee decided to set up a meeting to review the next steps in this process.