Connection to the Strategic Plan
Peak to Peak’s professional growth planning provides regular opportunities for all stakeholders to create SMART* goals that are inter-linked vertically (K-12) and/or horizontally (across grades or departments), and are tied directly to the Strategic Plan. Regardless of years of experience, all teachers, counselors, and administrators create annual plans that outline specific goals for each academic year. This practice of intentional, collaborative, data-driven goal setting ensures that in spite of the differentiated nature of the professional development program, all faculty are working toward common goals directly prioritized from needs assessments, the strategic plan, and the school’s mission and vision. Goals are informed by student achievement data, Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) in the strategic plan, the school’s Unified Improvement Plan (UIP), and individual staff members’ performance evaluations. All goals are tied to specific timeframes with measureable outcomes, and all faculty members meet at least three times a year with supervisors to discuss and assess progress toward success. Through the growth planning process, administrators are able to oversee and monitor goals and initiatives across the K-12 (vertically) and within grade levels (horizontally), and ensure that the individual efforts of the many dedicated professionals at Peak to Peak are united in their common goals of excellent student achievement and positive teacher morale and retention.
*Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-bound
An Illustration of the Relationship between the School’s Strategic Plan and Individual Stakeholders’ Growth Goals
In the example above, the Strategic Plan has a critical KPI focusing on Quality of Instruction, which directly informs the Induction Performance Indicators, which drives the Director of Professional Development’s growth goal of improving support systems for mentors, which drives mentor teachers to create growth goals that focus on helping induction teachers master best practices, which drives induction teachers’ growth goals of mastering the Induction Performance Indicators, which result in improved quality of instruction in every classroom, which culminates in increased student achievement across the K-12 learning environment.