January 2013, the City School District of Albany began working to design
and deliver a new and aligned way of providing leadership through
excellence in governance, excellence in management and excellence in
The result is "Strategic
Roadmap: 2020 Vision," adopted by the Board of Education in February
2014. It is the document guiding the district's efforts to become, by
2020, the best urban school district in which to learn and work.
includes the key elements of:
Strategic Roadmap, with mission, core values, vision and strategic
VisionCards Accountability/Performance System for each of the
strategic directions and for all district employees
Operational Plans for continuous improvement at the district, school
and department levels
began designing the roadmap in January 2013. It included a new mission
statement, district, school and department performance systems and
operational plans for ongoing district-wide improvement.
Throughout December 2013 and January 2014,
the district engaged in a series of nine meetings with community
members and staff to share a draft roadmap and gather feedback regarding
that document. More than 125 community members and more than 75 staff
members participated in these conversations. Online feedback also was
solicited through a survey.
Using feedback provided in those meeting, the roadmap's plans and
provisions were tweaked. Those efforts culminated in the February 2014
school board approval of the district's "Strategic Plan: 2020 Vision."
Monitoring Reports organized around the
VisionCards and district, school and department performance and
improvement plans were provided to the board.
demographic and enrollment study completed in June 2014 also
envisioned the district's future facilities needs to serve the city's
students and families. The study considered several variables that would
affect enrollment trends at all grade levels, including a significant
increase in Albany High School's graduation rate and additional closures
of underperforming charter schools in the city.
2020 Vision Mission Statement
The City School District of Albany's
The mission of the City School District of
to educate and prepare all students for
college and career, citizenship and life,
in partnership with our diverse community.
Theory of action
The district Theory of Action flowing from and
informing the development of 2020 Vision:
If we ...
caring and competent teacher in every classroom, and if we
students in the act of learning and the ownership of their learning,
and if we
support principals as the key leaders to facilitate this vision,
and if we
strong central office staff focused on supporting school and teacher
leaders, and if we
strong partnership with the Board of Education and district
leadership, and if we
analyze and use data to monitor continuous improvement, make
informed decisions and report progress, and if we
leadership density throughout the entire organization, and
parents, community members and strategic partners to work to ensure
students pursue college and careers,
As we work together to achieve our 2020 Vision,
imagine what the
district will look like in 3-5 years as we move successfully
toward our goals.