Strategic Planning: Portrait of a Graduate

  • Prepare, Envision, Inquire, Design, Launch, Succeed

  • Launching a New Strategic Plan for The Winnetka Public Schools

    Coming June 2021

    The District’s 2015-2020 Strategic Plan sunset in June 2020. In March 2020, the District initiated its current Strategic Planning process, starting with defining a Portrait of a Graduate, to effectively communicate our shared vision and guide the priorities in in the plan. 

    Over the course of the past year, a group of stakeholders including students, educators, and community members has collaborated to determine the Portrait of a Graduate including:

    • What are the hopes, aspirations, and dreams that our community has for our students? 
    • What are the skills and habits of mind that our students need for success in this rapidly changing and complex world? 
    • What are the implications for the learning experiences we provide in The Winnetka Public Schools? 

    Throughout the winter and spring, the Portrait of a Graduate will inform the Strategic Planning process. District administration looks forward to presenting the recommended Strategic Plan to the School Board for approval in June 2021.

    Who has served on our Strategic Planning Teams?

  • People working at a table.

    How can community members get involved in the Strategic Planning process? 

    Please note that a survey will be shared via email and District social media seeking community input in April.

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    Strategi Planning Timeline

    December 2019: The School Board approved the Battelle for Kids (BFK) Strategic Planning proposal to work with the District in the creation of a Portrait of a Graduate and providing Strategic Planning Support Services.

    January 2020: An executive planning session was held to initiate the process, starting with Phase 1 work to develop a Portrait of a Graduate. 

    March 2020: A Portrait Design Team including staff, community members, parents, students, administrators and School Board met to launch the Portrait of a Graduate process.

    June 2020: The School Board postponed the collaborative process until January 2021 due to a number of factors associated with COVID-19.  As an interim step, the core group of Portrait of a Graduate Design team members periodically met throughout the fall.

    October 2020: The District hosted a virtual session with 30+ core team members to recalibrate the team, and reassess how the pandemic may have impacted opinions on Portrait of a Graduate characteristics. 

    December 7, 2020: The District hosted a virtual session with core team members to recalibrate the team on fall feedback, complete a survey, and determine edits that should be made to the original Portrait of a Graduate draft. 

    January 2021: Strategic Planning officially resumed, with some members of the Portrait of a Graduate Team transitioning to the Strategic Design Team.  The focus of the January meeting was to gather insights on graphic design elements and competency language.

    February 2021-May 2021: The Strategic Design Team will gain perception data to conduct a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) analysis, establish priority areas and the framework for the strategic plan and its alignment with the District's Vision, Mission and Values. The Community will be invited to participate in a survey to respond to priorities and provide input on the competencies established for our Portrait of a Graduate. The Team will use this feedback to develop a Draft Strategic Plan for School Board review.

    June 2021: The Strategic Plan will be presented to the School Board for Board approval.