Last week, 30 members of the extended Dawson community spent two days working collaboratively and creatively on the framework for Dawson’s first strategic plan since 2005. The retreat included faculty, trustees, alumni, parents, staff, and students and was the result of weeks of planning by an eleven-member strategic planning committee chaired by veteran faculty member and history department chair, Craig Angus. Planning consultant Mike Connor (Connor Associates) facilitated the retreat. One of the tasks of the planning committee prior to the retreat was to generate a vision statement that would capture the school’s aspirations for the strategic plan and also serve as a guide for the retreat. I have included the vision statement at the end of this post.
Though we made great progress last week, members of the planning committee are busy consolidating the many ideas that emerged from the retreat and working with Mr. Connor to narrow our focus to roughly six overall goals for presentation to the Board for approval in October. Though the final details of the plan are still to be determined, the consensus among those at the retreat was to prioritize Dawson’s focus for the next few years on the most current and effective educational practices, to provide authentic learning experiences for students, to seek more partnerships in the local community, to continue the recruitment, development, and retention of exceptional teachers, and to enhance the school’s position as a regional asset. Of course, Dawson also hopes to be able to increase enrollment responsibly over the next several years as it also seeks to identify priorities and work with Boulder County with respect to improvements and expansion of the school’s physical plant.
I realize that this post likely raises many more questions than it answers, but I want to emphasize the quality of the thought and preparation that has already been invested in the... » read more