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Mission & Vision Work Continues, Team Moves Ahead with Strategic Objectives

Members of the Connect 44 Team reached several critical milestones as part of their development of a new strategic plan during their meeting on November 14.
Members narrowed the list of new mission and vision statements, finalized strategic objectives and began brainstorming future strategies in achievement of four goal areas:
Student Wellness & Growth
Family & Community Engagement
Professional Growth & Commitment
Financial Stewardship & Facilities
Building a New Mission and Vision
The team reviewed several mission and vision statements that were developed based off its work at the October meeting. The team was able to narrow down their top choices while also offering additional suggestions to improve upon the statements. A critical discussion also took place regarding the importance of the mission and vision not being words but truly about our behavior, culture and connection to the district.
Student Feedback & Input
The team reviewed several pieces of student feedback and used this to further their work. One piece of feedback was a Needs & Nurture List (see attachment below), which was developed following several focus group sessions Superintendent Ted Stec and Director of Communications & Strategic Planning Jenn Nimke held with students in Grades 3-8. When speaking with the students, it became evident that many of them shared some of the same needs as well as an equal desire to be nurtured while at school. The team also had an opportunity to hear from Glenbard East Principal Shahe Bagdasarian regarding common needs District 44 students have when entering the high school. He also shared more information about Glenbard District 87's strategic planning process, which they have just begun. So far, their focus is very similar to the work of the Connect 44 Team.
Development of Strategic Objectives
The team continued its work around strategic objectives, with a specific focus on developing objectives that can exist in each of the four goal areas in the plan. By doing so, it will allow the organization to move together as a cohesive unit because we will be focused on the same outcomes and needs.
Assigning Projects to Goals
Members reviewed a Strategic Inventory List, which included all current or upcoming projects or initiatives the district is exploring or anticipating working on as a district. Each goal area team was then charged with determining which of these are natural strategies in achievement of their goals.
The team will meet again in December, with additional communication to directly follow that meeting to the community and staff.