SISD Strategic Plan
SISD’s Vision for the Future
In the spring of 2018, as a proactive blueprint for SISD’s future, the Board of Trustees established a Strategic Planning Team. This team, made up of a diverse group of community members, town leaders, teachers and administrators, was charged with setting goals and priorities for the next 3-5 years for SISD.
“With a goal of outlining a collective vision for SISD, board members and administrators sought to involve parents, community members, and staff members throughout the entire Strategic Planning process,” Assistant Superintendent Dr. Christ Morgan said.
The entire planning process was led by independent consultants, Dr. Jenny Preston and Sheri Sides, whose years of experience as leaders in education at the highest levels, brought objective and thoughtful guidance to the group.
A Community Approach
The Strategic Planning Team then subdivided into action teams which were independent of the primary team. New members were added to each action team and each team developed strategies for one of the six objectives and then created specific action steps to support achievement of the desired results. The teams also submitted a cost vs. benefit summary for each strategy.
“The true benefit of the action teams was the diversity of each team, both in make up and in opinion,’ Assistant Superintendent Dr. Christi Morgan said. “The rich background of our teams allowed us to gain insight from our community and reach a fuller consensus on next steps for SISD.”
The collaborative approach of the planning and action teams was essential to the overall outcomes achieved.
“The best part of this process was getting to work with people from all over Sunnyvale,” Town Council Member Kevin Clark said. “By hearing the many different perspectives of our wonderfully diverse citizens of Sunnyvale, we were able to truly produce a product that was beneficial for all students in the Town of Sunnyvale.”
SISD Strategic Planning Team
Aimee Bartis, SMS Teacher
Ali Bryant, SES Asst. Principal
Almarie Campos, SHS Teacher
Amy Tutle, SISD Administrator
Austen Irrobali, Parent
Brad Cravens, Board Member
Brandon Tunnell, SMS Principal
Brittany Dlabaj, SMS Asst. Principal
Buck Baskin, SISD Technology
Christi Morgan, SISD Asst. Superintendent
David Ojeda, Parent
Deanna Wyse, Parent
Doug Williams, SISD Superintendent
Emily Lemmond, SES Teacher
Emily White, SISD Communications
Erica Lawless, SISD Administrator
Evie Gardner, Parent
Gerald Bunger Parent
Glenda McMahan, SES Counselor
J.D. Ivy, Parent
Jamie Willis, Parent
Jeff Jacobs, SHS Teacher
Jennifer Settle, SHS Asst. Principal
Kelsey Adams, SHS Teacher
Kenya Ware, SES Teacher
Kevin Clark Parent
Kim Smith, SMS Teacher
Lance Gardner, Parent
Lisa Stovall, SMS Teacher
Melanie Meinhardt, Parent
Melissa Bennett, SHS Teacher
Melissa James, SMS Counselor
Ron Sterling, SHS Principal
Sara Staley, SES Principal
Shanda Moorman, SMS Teacher
Sherrie Koerner, SES Teacher
Shiney Daniel, Parent
Steven Laramay, Parent
Suzanne Valenta, SES Teacher
Uma Youts, Parent
Veronica Martinez-Cantu, Parent
Wendy Travis, SHS Teacher
During the initial planning sessions, a new SISD mission and vision statement were developed:
The mission of Sunnyvale ISD is to engage, equip and empower all learners for life-long success.
Sunnyvale Raiders Rise!
The strategic Planning Team, under the direction of the Board of Trustees, developed goals based on the core beliefs of our Board of Trustees. These beliefs are:
- Building relationships, promoting risk-taking, and inspiring learners of all ages and abilities encourages success.
- Setting high expectations and providing diverse, meaningful learning opportunities supports student growth.
- Educating independent learners, collaborative problem solvers, innovative thinkers, engaged citizens and effective communicators prepares students for their future.
- Meeting the needs of all students and staff – academic, physical, social and emotional – promotes wellness and resilience.
- Responsible fiscal planning and management enables us to provide safe, innovative learning environments for students, staff, and our community.
- Strong community involvement and school pride fosters the success of our Raider family – four campuses, one school.
- Teaching and Learning
- Staff Quality and Recruitment
- Innovation and Future-Readiness
- Funding, Finance and Facilities
- Community Partnership
Sunnyvale Raiders Rise!
- Building relationships, promoting risk-taking, and inspiring learners of all ages and abilities encourages success
- Setting high expectations and providing diverse, meaningful learning opportunities supports student growth
- Educating independent learners, collaborative problem solvers, innovative thinkers, engaged citizens and effective communicators prepares students for their future
- Meeting the needs of all students and staff – academic, physical, social and emotional – promotes wellness and resilience
- Responsible fiscal planning and management enables us to provide safe, innovative learning environments for students, staff, and our community
- Strong community involvement and school pride fosters the success of our Raider family – four campuses, one school
The mission of Sunnyvale ISD is to engage, equip, and empower all learners for life-long success.
Teaching and Learning
Create opportunities to improve the quality of instruction and learning.
1.1 Analyze and adopt schedules to create dedicated time for horizontal/vertical cross-curricular collaboration to enhance classroom instruction.
1.1.1: Create a district task force to adopt schedules that allow for dedicated time for horizontal/vertical cross-curricular collaboration for the purpose of professional development that enhances classroom instruction.
Staff Quality & Recruitment
Design and coordinate systems to recruit and equip highly qualified employees.
2.1 Develop innovative recruitment strategies and optimize staffing processes.
2.1.1: Develop a program that increases the number of qualified applicants for open teaching positions.
2.2 Construct a professional development framework.
2.2.1: Provide opportunities for flexible and professional learning that encourages collaboration and sharing of teaching strategies and techniques.
Innovation & Future-Readiness
Create, foster and encourage an environment that empowers students and staff to reach their full potential through innovative practices.
3.1 Reframe the perceptions of success by focusing on the process, not the product.
3.1.1: Encourage innovative teaching/grading practices at all levels (i.e. flipped classroom, ELU, etc.) and share successes.
3.1.2: Provide Instructional Support and Resources to all teachers.
3.1.3: Develop a process for student goal setting at all levels.
3.2 Tailor learning to the individual learner within the context of teamwork and collaboration.
3.2.1: Utilize a multifaceted rubric that includes the following: content, soft skills, collaboration, individual learning goals, team product and reflection.
3.2.2: Provide quality resources for teachers to convey content effectively to a variety of learning styles when facilitating group activities.
3.2.3: Promote extracurricular/co-curricular activities that support teamwork and collaboration.
Create a proactive and balanced approach to wellness that will ensure every RAIDER appreciates and maximizes their potential.
4.1 Develop a plan that addresses the physical, social, emotional, and mental wellness to meet the needs of every RAIDER.
4.1.1: Promote wellness for all students by providing social/emotional strategies in the classroom.
4.1.2: Provide resources and training for parents that will enhance the outcome of wellness for every student.
4.2 Provide resources and training that equip staff to identify, support, and follow-through with needed intervention.
4.2.1: Grow the engagement of all staff by building their capacity to promote wellness.
4.2.2: Investigate the need to hire a district-wide crisis counselor.
Funding, Facilities, & Finance
All stakeholders will optimize resources to enhance student success.
5.1 Utilize existing steering committee to develop recommendations, based on findings and community priorities.
5.1.1: Have a Tax Ratification Election (TRE) with an increase of no less than $0.08 to Maintenance and Operations tax in order to meet anticipated funding needs without increasing class sizes or significantly impacting current levels of education, security, or other services. Consider ability to offset this amount utilizing a tax swap if there is availability to reduce the Interest & Sinking tax up to $0.08.
5.1.2: Consider charging fees to offset direct costs to programs as well as taking certain cost avoidance measures. Reduce the amount of projected future budget shortfalls by charging net new fees and reducing expenses before September 2019.
5.1.3: Increase fundraising by increasing the amount of collaboration between all school support organizations and the Sunnyvale Education Foundation in order to offset SISD expenses.
SISD will provide safe, state-of-the-art facilities.
6.1 Utilize the existing safety and facilities steering committees to develop recommendations of its findings.
6.1.1: Create plan for campus safety to include: law enforcement, fire safety, traffic plans, hazardous/ inclement weather policies and behavioral intervention.
Build strong community relations and involvement.
7.1 Develop a community relations plan to ensure inclusivity.
7.1.1: Develop a framework to enhance community relations and involvement.
7.2 Enhance communications and connect community partners.
7.2.1: Build strong communications and connect community partners.