Nov. 5, 2008, the
City School District of Albany Board of Education unanimously approved a
plan that will guide the district's growth and progress in the years
The board's approval capped
a year-long process that involved more than 70 volunteers from the
school district and community.
plan will guide the development of all aspects of district
operations, including curriculum, academic programs, instruction,
communication, hiring, facilities and extracurricular activities.
download a 24-page
brochure -- "A Vision for Tomorrow" -- that summarizes the plan,
including all seven strategies and related action steps.
The full 129-page plan
also is available for download.
At a three-day retreat in
the fall of 2007, a 25-member Strategic Planning Team crafted a
strategic vision that included a new mission statement for the district
and seven primary areas of focus. Working from February through
September, seven action teams
developed action plans in each of these key areas (see below).
The Strategic Planning Team accepted each of the action plans in
September 2008 and sent them on to the Board of Education for final
Following presentations by
the action team co-leaders and a discussion at its meeting Oct. 16, the
board voted unanimously to approve
the full plan
The City School District of Albany's new
Mission Statement was
created by the Strategic Planning Team and
by the Board of Education on Dec. 20, 2007:
The mission of the City School District of
to educate and nurture all students to be
critical thinkers and lifelong learners to
in the global community by providing an
academically rigorous and safe
environment in partnership with parents,
students and the community.
We invite you to follow the
links below for information on the district's strategic planning
Strategic Planning News and Updates
Follow these links for news
and updates about the strategic planning process:
Formed in February 2008, each of the seven teams
worked into the fall developing complete action plans to address
its respective strategy. Each team was comprised of 5-7 members from
the school district and community. The Strategic Planning Team approved
the plans in August and September. Co-leaders then presented their plans
to the Board of Education on Oct. 16, and the board approved the full
strategic plan Nov. 5.
Strategy #1 -- We
will design and implement a more effective way to engage parents and
families in the education of their children at home and at school.
Strategy #2 -- We
will ensure the emotional and physical safety and well-being of our
students in collaboration with community and family partners.
Strategy #3 -- We
will assess and redesign all aspects of the high school with the
community to ensure academic rigor and high-level student
Strategy #4 -- We
will improve education in grades 6-8 in partnership with our
community to address academic rigor and the disparity in academic
Strategy #5 -- We
will develop and implement more effective communication, ensuring
input from all district stakeholders about matters affecting the
well-being of our students.
Strategy #6 -- We
will use all assessment data to drive academically rigorous
instruction, pre-K-12, to improve the performance of every learner.
Strategy #7 -- We
will develop a variety of ways for ensuring every student's access
to all school education and extracurricular activities.