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    Developing the Seattle Public Schools Strategic Plan


    In August 2018, Seattle Public Schools (SPS) began the process to create a new strategic plan. The new SPS strategic plan will set the course for the district for the next three to five years. The plan will guide how district funds are spent and which initiatives are undertaken to ensure SPS prepares every student for college, career, and life. It will include a theory of action and a short list of high-impact priorities and measurable goals focused on improving outcomes for students.

    As part of this process, Superintendent Juneau embarked on a comprehensive Listen and Learn Tour to gather an understanding of the district's strengths, challenges, and what is most important for her to consider as plans are developed for the district's future. The input she received, combined with feedback from an online ThoughtExchange discussion, will help shape the new plan. Read more about the Listening and Learning Tour.

    A strategic plan steering committee (see membership below) was formed to guide the development of a draft plan. There will be additional opportunities for community engagement on the draft plan in the coming months.

    SPS has contracted with the District Management Group (DMGroup) to support the development of the district’s strategic plan.

    Why now?

    Seattle Public Schools’ current strategic plan originally provided guidance from 2013 through 2018. The School Board extended the strategic plan one additional year, through June 2019. Read the 2013-19 Strategic Plan.

    Anticipated Planning Timeline

    Strategic Planning Preparation

    • Select strategic planning consultant: September – October
    • Identify steering committee and planning team: September – October

    Initial Engagement

    • Listen and Learn Tour: August – November
    • ThoughtExchange online engagement: October

    Development of Strategic Plan

    • Steering Committee: October – February
    • Board work session: October
    • Draft plan to Superintendent Juneau and Seattle School Board: November: December
    • Community engagement on the draft plan: December – January
    • Board work session: January
    • Draft plan to School Board for review and vote: March

    Strategic Plan Steering Committee Members

    Jessica Beaver, Staff, Research and Evaluation
    James Bush, Staff, Family Engagement and Community Partnerships
    Phyllis Campano, SEA representative
    Clover Codd, Staff, Human Resources
    Ashley Davies, Staff, Operations Division, Enrollment Planning
    David Dockendorf, Principal, PASS representative
    Jill Geary, School Board Member
    Chandra Hampson, Community Representative
    Erin Okuno, Community Partner Representative
    Michelle Ota, Staff, Teaching and Learning - ELL
    Keisha Scarlett, Staff, Organizational Development and Equity
    Manuela Slye, Community Representative
    Emijah Smith, Community Representative
    Mike Starosky, Staff, Teaching and Learning
    Mehret Tekle, Community Representative
    Michael Tolley, Staff, Teaching and Learning

    How can I provide input?

    Members of the Seattle Public Schools’ community provided initial input during Superintendent Juneau’s Listening and Learning tour and through a ThoughtExchange survey. There will be additional opportunities for community engagement on the draft plan. Please visit our Community Engagement webpage to learn about upcoming opportunities. 

    You can also send comments to Superintendent Juneau at or the School Board at