Your Strategic Planning as a School Leader
By Dianne McKinley
When it comes to being a school leader, there are many issues that need to be addressed. Strategic planning as a school leader does not just consider studies and preparing children for possible futures but also working to develop pathways to reach an envisioned future. This means challenging students to think for themselves as well as developing core values and beliefs.
How to Do Strategic Planning as a School Leader
A school leader does not work in isolation but needs to work with all stakeholders towards improving the methods used to reach the desired vision. Strategic planning as a school leader will include developing the core beliefs through communication, events, ceremonies and so forth.
This needs to include leadership development strategies, meeting children’s expectations, and having an overall vision for the school. Collaboration with other schools and learning facilities to enable a broader viewpoint and learning opportunities can also be helpful.
The school leader will help in setting goals and expectations as well as managing the ways they are met. There should be an in-depth collaboration with the staff, students, parents, and all stakeholders. The school leader will need to elaborate on what is required from everyone involved, the strategies in place to meet the goals laid out as well as be able to listen to concerns and ideas from others. He or she needs to ensure that everything required to meet the vision is in place. Facilities, equipment, supervision and so forth need to be in place right from the start for goals to be met.
A school leader will also ensure that the staff are empowered with professional development to meet the needs of the school and the students. This should include leadership training and development. Students should also be exposed to leadership training as well as being able to learn from example.
There needs to be programs and policies in place with measurable outcomes. Staff and students should also be guided when it comes to cultural awareness and tolerance.
Strategic planning as a school leader should also include methods of celebrating and acknowledging staff and students in their accomplishments. Staff and students should be empowered in order to achieve a school where everyone’s well-being is important. There should be accountability with defined consequences as well as remediation under specified circumstances.
Strategic planning also includes personal goals and assessments and strategies for self-improvement. The school leader has to set high standards and needs to be knowledgeable about the community and developments in the profession. Learners should receive adequate instruction and the highest possible levels of education in a conducive environment. The school leader also needs to be aware of various practices to assist with students that have a diverse range of needs.
The school leader needs to implement strategies to improve the school’s fiscal health. Human resource practices need to be in place to support all staff and ensure fairness and impartiality. The school leader also needs to ensure that the school meets all the legal and regulatory requirements by all authorities involved.
Strategic planning as a school leader must take into account the physical school, the staff, students, and all stakeholders. A clear, specific vision must be in place which involves all factors of school management and development.