Strategic Plan

Strategic Plan: 2019-2024

Goals and action steps were developed as the first of five stages of the 5-year Strategic Planning Process that was initiated in fall 2018. This process began with the Board of Education, superintendent and principal selecting the six areas of focus:

  1. Future Ready
  2. Student Supports
  3. Professional Excellence
  4. Communications and Community Engagement
  5. Optimal Facilities
  6.  Finance

The District then ensured that all stakeholder voices would be included in the data-gathering process, which would inform decisions related to future planning and programming by facilitating: (1) focus-group meetings (2) a community-wide survey (3) a Strategic Planning Committee of almost 100 individuals that created five ranked priorities for each area of focus; and (4) an administrative team that reviewed the ranked priorities for each area of focus to develop goals and action steps.

Focus Area 1: Future Ready

Administrative Contact:
Director of Curriculum, Instruction & Professional Development
Dr. Jennifer Hester
708-335-5330
[email protected]

Goal 1: Students will graduate college, career, and life ready.

Objective 1: Implement equity-centered curriculum and instructional programming that prepares students for postsecondary success.
 
Strategy 1.1.A: Provide students with rigorous core curriculum aligned to best practice pedagogy and instruction.

Action Steps:

  1.  Communicate and provide professional development on curriculum development process, practices, and documents.
  2. Develop curriculum with new curriculum process and templates by June of 2023.
  3. Engage in continuous revision and improvement of curriculum, including culturally responsive and sustaining practices.
  4.  Develop vision and aligned curriculum for science and mathematics courses and instruction.
  5. Determine practices for implementing standards-based formative and summative assessments and validate assessments.
  6. Explore and determine timeline for standards-based grading practices.
Strategy 1.1.B: Implement culturally responsive instructional practices.

Action Steps:

  1. Hire Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion leader.
  2.  Identify/develop a framework for implementing culturally responsive practices including goals and indicators of success.
  3. Provide professional learning for staff including using ongoing feedback from staff to improve the framework, practices, and professional learning.
  4. Develop metrics and observational tools for increasing deep implementation of culturally responsive practices.
  5. Engage in ongoing evaluation of culturally responsive practices.
Strategy 1.1.C: Create a flexible and innovative learning environment that promotes authentic world and learning experiences.

Action Steps:

  1.  Establish a Think Tank to explore and propose equity-centered flexible learning designs that increase student outcomes.
  2.  Co-construct innovative solutions that increase student learning outcomes.
  3. Determine feasibility of innovative solutions and develop proposals that include fiscal, facility, and human resource considerations.
  4. Communicate learning designs, impact on student learning, and practices to Leadership Team and then Board of Education.
  5. Implement and monitor flexible learning designs.
Strategy 1.1D: Resources are research-based, representative, and relevant.

Action Steps:

  1. Conduct instructional resource audit.
  2.  Revise resource selection practices to include digital, print, and physical resources and to include culturally responsive practices in review of resources.
  3.  Engage in regular evaluation and review of resource selection practices.
Objective 2: Ensure that all students reach their maximum potential and are college and career ready through the development of career pathways.
Strategy 1.2.A: Define a Profile of a Viking, competencies, and college and career readiness to serve as the basis of all instruction and decision making.

Action Steps:

  1. Develop Profile of a Viking with competencies
  2. Develop indicators of success to define each competency associated with the Profile of a Viking.
  3. Define college and career readiness and determine metrics for measuring success.
  4. Determine relationship of portrait of a graduate competencies and ISBE College and Career Indicators.
  5. Develop communication and marketing systems for engaging students in meeting college and career readiness indicators and postsecondary requirements.
Strategy 1.2.B: Provide opportunities for students to earn early college credit and/or experience college courses to support their postsecondary goals.

Action Steps:

  1. Audit current AP, IB, and dual credit course opportunities.
  2. Create early college credit and dual credit opportunities with PSC and other colleges/universities.
  3. Engage in continuous innovation process and monitoring to review early college and dual credit opportunities and find new opportunities.
Strategy 1.2.C: Develop postsecondary and career pathways to increase students postsecondary success.

Action Steps:

  1. Develop PACe curriculum to be implemented in Viking Compass in collaboration with teachers and school counselors.
  2. Identify career clusters and pathways and determine existing H-F courses that support these pathways.
  3. Develop Career Clusters, Programs of Study, and Pathways including industry certificates, career credentials, and endorsements.
  4. Identify and select an electronic platform for career exploration and learning,  documentation of required 4-year personal learning plan, career pathways and postsecondary credentials.
  5. Measure exposure to careers, career exploration, and participation in career pathway courses and/or endorsements.
Strategy 1.2.D: Increase articulation efforts with the feeder school districts regarding the purchase of curriculum materials and technology, as well as, the implementation of programs and strategies, in order to improve the transition between middle school and high school for students and parents.

Action Steps:

  1. Share data in math, ELA and student support services to increase effective transition of students from middle school to high school
  2. Conduct quarterly district and subject area articulation meetings to create effective learning progressions within subjects and among grade level curriculum.
  3. Articulate placement procedures with Parker, James Hart, Brookwood, and IJP

Focus Area 2: Student Supports

Administrative Contacts:

Goal 2: Students will be supported academically, behaviorally and socially-emotionally throughout their high school journey.

Objective 1: Provide a Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) for all students to meet or exceed the expectations of the core curriculum and the HF College and Career framework.
Strategy 2.1.A: Achieve early identification of students in need of additional academic and social-emotional supports.

Action Steps:

  1. Development of early identification dashboard in Viking Analytics.
  2. Implementation of consistent practices in documentation and analysis of student data for teachers and Student Support Team.
  3. Monitor effectiveness of early identification system.
  4. Implementation of Terrace Metrics early identification of students with social-emotional needs.
Strategy 2.1.B: Expand academic, behavioral and social-emotional supports and interventions to meet the needs of students.

Action Steps:

  1. Establish high functioning PLC teams with data driven outcomes. (Tier 1)
  2. Audit of all Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3 academic, behavioral, and social-emotional interventions.
  3. Development and/or improvement of research-based Tier 2 interventions for students requiring additional academic, behavioral and/or social-emotional support.
  4. Development and/or improvement of research-based Tier 3 interventions for students requiring additional academic, behavioral and/or social-emotional support.
  5. Monitor the effectiveness and fidelity of implementation for the Tier 2 and Tier 3 interventions
  6. Build capacity in mentor programs (e.g. VICTORS, VIRTUE)

Objective 2: Strengthen the school community through building positive relationships and personal social-emotional competencies.

Strategy 2.2.A: Develop and implement an advisory program for all students in Grades 9-12.

Action Steps:

  1. Development of advisory structure and schedule.
  2. Development of SEL and PaCe curriculum to be delivered in advisory
  3. Professional development for staff to deliver a meaningful and robust curriculum in the advisory class period.
  4. Development of SEL assessment tools to monitor student progress in advisory.
  5. Research the implementation of Terrace Metrics to assess and support student behavioral health.
  6. Development of curriculum centered on socio-cultural identities and critical consciousness to be delivered in the advisory class.
Strategy 2.2.B: Establish school-wide restorative and community-building practices.

Action steps:

  1. Restorative practice training for all deans and select staff member from each department.
  2. Build capacity for teachers to utilize restorative and community building circles through PD and opportunities to practice the strategies.
  3. Build summer professional learning opportunities for staff on the topic of Community Building.
  4. Establish a calendar to celebrate the various cultures in our school community in Viking Compass.
Strategy 2.2.C.: Foster the development of supportive classrooms through Trauma Informed Training.

Action Steps:

  1. Integrate Trauma Informed Training into the professional development around Culturally Responsive Teaching.
  2. Build summer professional learning opportunities for staff on the topic of Trauma Informed Practices.
  3. Build Trauma Informed professional learning opportunities for staff to complete during the school year.

Focus Area 3: Professional Excellence 

Administrative Contacts:

GOAL 3: Students will engage with culturally competent staff in an inclusive learning environment characterized by innovation, collaboration, and high expectations.

Objective 1: Recruit, develop and retain a culturally competent staff to further advance the achievement of all students.

Strategy 3.1.A:  Develop an Equity Committee.

Action Steps:

  1. Implement regional teacher job fair to showcase H-F and south suburban school districts.
  2. Increase the capacity of specific staff members to identify, recruit and build relationships with talented teacher candidates.
  3. Expand social media hiring strategies and job fair participation beyond the region.
  4. Examine alternative pathways for teaching licensure such as teacher residency programs that provide financial support during the teacher residency process.
  5. Begin hiring process earlier in the calendar year to optimize the candidate pool.
Strategy 3.2.B: Develop strategies to attract qualified candidates.

Action Steps:

  1. Implement regional teacher job fair to showcase H-F and south suburban school districts.
  2. Increase the capacity of specific staff members to identify, recruit and build relationships with talented teacher candidates
  3. Expand social media hiring strategies and job fair participation beyond the region.
  4. Examine alternative pathways for teaching licensure such as teacher residency programs that provide financial support during the teacher residency process.
  5. Begin hiring process earlier in the calendar year to optimize the candidate pool.

Strategy 3.2.C.: Build interest in education careers among H-F students by participating in Educator Rising

Action Steps:

  1. Develop Education Pathway with College Partners
  2. Establish partnerships with cooperating universities
  3. Establish partnerships with feeder school districts to leverage resources and impact.
  4. Develop Educator Rising Club with Activities Department
  5. Implement Career Pathway, associated courses and club.

Focus Area 4: Communications and Community Engagement

Administrative Contact:

  • Director of Communications and Community Engagement Carla Erdey - 708-335-5504, [email protected]

Goal 4: Students will benefit from strong relationship and shared understanding with the school community. 

Objective 1: Enhance communication between Homewood-Flossmoor High School and all school and community stakeholders.

Strategy 4.1.A: Develop a comprehensive, multi-channel communication plan.

  Action Steps:

  1. Hire full-time Director of Communications
  2. Perform a District Communications Audit
  3. Develop a communications plan based on audit findings

Strategy 4.1.A: Design and implement a new website.

Action Steps:

  1. Design ADA compliant website
  2. Enhance website capacity for multi- language communication
  3. Update content and remove outdated or inaccurate information
Objective 2: Enhance partnerships between Homewood-Flossmoor High School and its parents, community and other stakeholders.

Strategy 4.2.A: Develop a Parent-Principal Advisory Council.

Action Steps:

  1. Develop a Parent-Principal Advisory Council
  2. Actively recruit caregivers of non-dominant and historically underserved groups.

Strategy 4.2.B.: Develop a Community Relations Committee.

 Action Steps:

  1. Develop purpose and outcomes for committee.
  2. Develop a Community Relations Committee.

Focus Area 5:Optimal Facilities

Goal 5: Students will learn and interact in a safe, supportive, and innovative learning environment.

Administrative Contact:

Objective 1: Proactively create a safer and more secure campus-wide environment.

Strategy 5.1.A: Provide ongoing assessment of grounds and facilities for safety.

Action Steps:

  1. Enhance physical structures and appearance to celebrate global diversity and the rich backgrounds and social identities represented in the HFHS community.
  2. Develop up-to-date entry point procedures and security systems that protect students and staff.
  3. Upgrade pathways, lighting and signage to enhance security.

Strategy 5.1.B.: Facility enhancements to meet learning goals.

Action Steps:

  1. CTE FACS Expansion to include culinary labs & fashion design
  2. Science expansion to match future science education vision & standards based instruction
  3. Redesign of “B” building to facilitate and promote collaborative/flexible learning design

Objective 2: Leverage technology to improve efficiencies within the school.

Strategy 5.2.A: Create a system of virtual environments where staff can connect, collaborate, and share information with each other, students and parents.
Strategy 5.2.BReview and redesign technology to enhance personal and authentic learning experiences for students.
 
Strategy 5.2.C: Create streamline processes utilizing technology to enhance customer service.

Action Steps:

  1. Provide online registration for parents to streamline the book and fee process.
  2. Upgrade the online fee system making it more convenient for parents to pay student fees and purchase items from the district. 

Focus Area 6: Finance

Goal 6: Students will engage in high quality learning experiences supported by  effective resource allocation and management.

Administrative Contact:

Objective 1: Strengthen plans for long-term financial stability.

Strategy 6.1.A: Develop 1-year and 5-year financial projections; update and review annually.
 

Action Steps:

  1. Collect and review the past five years of data relative to revenue and spending.
  2. Know relevant and current legislation that may impact Illinois school district finances.
  3. Work in tandem with HR to review and revise staffing needs.
  4. Provide the Board with information regarding school efforts to assist in their decision making processes.
  5. Implement fund guidelines that ensure all funds are spent for their intended purpose and comply with state law. 

Objective 2: Foster the development of school finance literacy within the community through various means of communication.

Strategy 6.2.A: Offer virtual and/or school finance related presentations for community members.

Action Steps:

  • In-person meeting in September on the current budget
  • Virtual Levy presentation at the beginning of December
  • Virtual Budget/Tax Collection presentation at the beginning of March]
Strategy 6.2.B: Improve financial communication within the community

Action Steps:

  • Increase stakeholder awareness of school finance by updating the District’s Finance Page as needed
  • Provide updates with regard to school finance related issues at Board and Finance Committee meetings.
Strategy 6.2.C: Include school finance information in District communications.

Action Steps:

  • Share with PR information to be sent to the community

 

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