Ridgewood Public Schools Strategic Plan
In the spring of 2019, the Ridgewood Public Schools launched the strategic planning initiative with facilitators from TMI Education. Organized by a 16 member Strategic Planning Committee, the process began by gathering data, establishing a timeline, and seeking input from a wide range of members from the community. This diverse group of stakeholders, including parents, students, teachers, administrators, Board of Education members, village officials, and local organization representatives, were invited to attend an Information Session to learn about the goals and expectations of the Strategic Planning Council. The 64 member council engaged in three evening sessions to thoroughly examine the district's practices in the areas of learning, teaching, culture, community, and governance and to identify skills that our students must have to be successful in the future. Through the contributions of the council members and the guidance of the steering committee, a framework for the strategic plan was established, and the steering committee determined specific objectives and "Habits of Learning" that contribute to the ultimate goal of fostering Lifelong Learning in our students.
The Ridgewood Public Schools, committed to a tradition of excellence and innovation, in partnership with the community, provide a rich and challenging learning environment, enabling students to maximize their unique potential to become lifelong learners and productive, responsible citizens.
Strategic Planning Process
The district mailed postcards to every residence in Ridgewood to provide the community with background information on the strategic planning initiative. The postcard invited all stakeholders to engage in this initiative by completing a community survey and attending a public information session.
Who Was Involved
At the beginning of this process, a Strategic Planning Steering Committee was formed, and a diverse group of stakeholders was invited to serve on the Strategic Planning Council. Led by the TMI Education facilitators, these groups actively engaged in the Strategic Planning Initiative. Their thoughtful examination of the district in the areas of learning, teaching, culture, community, and governance resulted in authentic feedback. The input of these the Steering Committee and the Council was instrumental in the development of the structure and overarching goals of the Vision 2024 Strategic Plan.
Strategic Planning Initiative Presentations
TMI Education facilitators began each session with a brief presentation to provide an overview of the goals and a framework for collaborative activities and group discussion.