School Committee approves district’s five-year strategic plan

Jun 17, 2021

The School Committee unanimously approved the district’s five-year strategic plan at a June 17 meeting.

The plan, titled “Our Future Begins Here,” sets overarching goals for the district over the next five years in areas including academics, social emotional learning, professional development, and college and career-focused learning.

At the heart of the plan is a vision statement promising to “provide opportunities for all to discover the greatest versions of themselves by acquiring knowledge, wisdom, and skills to explore, formulate, realize and reflect. We will think critically, communicate, and persevere. With tenacity and trust, we will continue to learn all that is essential to live our best lives and positively impact the community and the world.”

Part of that holistic focus is helping students find and follow “the best of what it means to be human,” said Superintendent Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood.

Assistant Superintendent Dr. Andrea Schwamb said that something she thought deeply about while developing the plan was what students need to “live a life full of meaning.”

“How do we impress upon students the rewards they can experience when they become educated?” Schwamb asked. “How do we promote, teach, share and demonstrate what it means to live a great life?”

To help students work toward those goals, the district has implemented a learning model that balances academics, social and emotional learning, community involvement and career opportunities — all of which are supported by professional development for staff and digital tools.

School officials, staff, and community members worked in five subcommittees to develop goals in various areas. All goals include measurements, which will allow officials to measure the plan’s success. Those measurements range from performance-based assessments of student learning to discipline records, completion of various teacher training modules and survey responses.

Wareham High’s student council also weighed in on the plan.