Strategic Themes

DCSD Strategic Plan Growing Together



Strategic Themes


Strategic Theme #1: Health, safety, and social-emotional supports for students

Objective 1: Enhance physical and psychological safety and security for students and staff.


PHASE 1
Strategic Initiative 1a
Partner with city, county, state, and federal stakeholders on meeting new and on-going identified safety enhancements.

PHASE 2
Strategic Initiative 1b
Enhance safety procedures through partnership with students, parents, and staff.


Objective 2: Increase physical, social-emotional, behavioral, and mental health competency through prevention and intervention efforts.

PHASE 1
Strategic Initiative 2a
Ensure consistent implementation of the Multi Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) framework to include implementation of a comprehensive social-emotional learning (SEL) framework, trauma-informed practices, and restorative practices.

PHASE 2
Strategic Initiative 2b

Develop a comprehensive system that unifies district resources, communications, procedures, and supports to address student health and wellness.


Objective 3: Establish an inclusive culture to ensure all students feel safe and valued.

PHASE 1
Strategic Initiative 3a

Increase and embed learning opportunities and experiences involving inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility. 

Strategic Theme #2: Post-graduation guidance and preparation

Objective 1: Increase stakeholder awareness of all post-graduate opportunities.


PHASE 1
Strategic Initiative 1a

Utilize a systemic and coordinated approach to ensure awareness of pathways leading to associate’s and bachelor’s degrees, industry credentials, and military service.


Objective 2: Enhance and increase sustainable, quality educational pathway opportunities for all students.

PHASE 2
Strategic Initiative 2a

Enhance and increase equitable middle and high school career and technical education, concurrent enrollment, and college readiness opportunities in every region of DCSD.

PHASE 3
Strategic Initiative 2b

Enhance and increase work-based learning opportunities where students progress from learning about work to learning through work in focused career cluster pathways. 

Strategic Theme #3: Positive and supportive culture

Objective 1: Define and implement a high-performing working environment for all DCSD employees.


PHASE 1
Strategic Initiative 1a

Define and develop agreed-upon core values, behaviors, and collective commitments.


Objective 2: Enhance engagement for all DCSD employees through mutual respect and positive recognition.

PHASE 3
Strategic Initiative 2a

Create structures where each employee understands the purpose and value of his/her role in the district and the impact their work has on the entire system.

PHASE 1
Strategic Initiative 2b

Create systems to regularly celebrate individuals and teams in the district.


Objective 3: Enhance opportunities for all employees to be DCSD ambassadors who are informed and empowered in their professional practice.

PHASE 2
Strategic Initiative 3a

Create systems that increase transparency and encourage effective and accurate communication to all staff throughout the district.

Strategic Theme #4: Aligned curriculum with flexible instructional delivery

Objective 1: Create and implement an inclusive, equitable, and comprehensive PK-12+ curriculum aligned to Colorado Academic Standards (including enabling systems).


PHASE 1
Strategic Initiative 1a

Establish a district-level curriculum framework that includes aligned resources.


Objective 2: Create district-wide aligned instructional frameworks to implement data-informed, flexible instructional practices (including enabling systems).

PHASE 1
Strategic Initiative 2a

Establish and sustain professional learning and practice around professional learning communities.

PHASE 1
Strategic Initiative 2b

Establish differentiated pathways of continuous professional learning for all staff to systematically support teaching and learning.


Strategic Theme #5: Equitable Distribution of Resources

Increase access to equitable opportunities for students by determining and implementing base programming expectations at every school.


PHASE 2
Strategic Initiative 1a

Determine the base expectations for academic programming at all levels of schools including universal, targeted, and intensive intervention/enrichment.

PHASE 3
Strategic Initiative 1b

Determine the base expectations and best practice agreements (financial assistance/scholarships/fundraising) to guide academics, athletics, and activities).

PHASE 3
Strategic Initiative 1c

Research options to increase student access to academics, athletics, activities and all aspects of DCSD student opportunities and programming.

PHASE 1
Strategic Initiative 1d

Align the school boundary and enrollment analysis with the strategic plan to ensure that the utilization of school buildings supports the equitable distribution of resources.


Objective 2: Create a system for personnel allocation distribution that includes a set of base expectations that increase equitable opportunities for all students at every school.

PHASE 3
Strategic Initiative 2a

EDetermine base staffing and qualification expectations for administrative, certified, and classified positions (e.g., PLS, Librarian, Interventionists, etc) at all levels to align with base programming expectations as outlined in Objective 1, Initiative 1.

PHASE 1
Strategic Initiative 2b

Review and determine the best practice guidelines that guide additional pay, including but not limited to athletics and activities, committees, instructional purposes, and one-time responsibilities and events.


Strategic Theme #6: Recruitment, retention, and development of high-quality employees

Objective 1: Increase retention rates in all employment categories, with special attention to instructional support, trades, and teachers. 


PHASE 1
Strategic Initiative 1a

Develop and recommend a predictable compensation schedule for all employee groups that acknowledges experience/ longevity, knowledge, and performance. In addition, it should be easily comparable to neighboring school districts, and progressively move toward a regionally competitive pay for all employees.

PHASE 3
Strategic Initiative 1b

Analyze, correct, and align employee processes and expectations throughout the district.

PHASE 3
Strategic Initiative 1c

Design and implement a successful retention plan that addresses all employee groups. 


Objective 2: Enhance and expand recruitment of high-quality employees, to include an emphasis on diversity.

PHASE 2
Strategic Initiative 2a

Design and implement an effective recruitment plan that attracts high quality candidates, with an emphasis on diversity and inclusion.


Objective 3: Promote a culture of learning and development for all employees by providing opportunities and pathways for growth and advancement.

PHASE 3
Strategic Initiative 3a

Provide and enhance development opportunities for classified, pro-tech, and administrators.


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