Strategic Planning for School Districts

Develop an actionable strategic plan to drive student achievement

Some of the districts engaged in strategic planning work with DMGroup


Guide District-Wide Efforts with a Focused Strategic Plan

Do you have an actionable, clear, coherent strategic plan that drives the daily work across the district to realize strategic objectives?

Our field-proven approach to strategic planning is based on extensive research, best practices, and two decades of experience working with districts nationwide to create robust strategic plans that align the district’s work to achieve results.

Using DMGroup’s strategic planning framework, we will help you hone a powerful theory of action that articulates what will drive improvement in your district. Based on this theory of action, we will work in partnership with you to identify a short list of priorities, initiatives, and measurable goals that will guide your daily work.

Our strategic planning process includes a two-step engagement with community groups to cultivate understanding among stakeholders and build support for the plan itself, and work ahead.


Partner Testimonials

Paul Gausman, Superintendent of Lincoln Public Schools (NE) explains what DMGroup brings to the district as a strategic planning partner

Jay Lang, Superintendent of Chelmsford Public Schools (MA) describes what makes the DMGroup's strategic planning approach unique

Our Strategic Planning Approach

DMGroup’s Strategic Planning Framework takes a broad vision for the district and deconstructs it into concrete goals and implementation tactics that are interconnected to align and drive daily work across the district.

To support your strategic plan development and implementation, we can provide coaching, workshops for your leadership team, and retreat facilitation for your cabinet and/or school board.


Strategic Plan Development and Implementation

We can help you craft a focused district strategic plan that will support your goals and guide your decisions, and help you translate it into well-defined initiatives and action steps to support you in achieving the district’s long-term vision.

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Strategic Enrollment Planning

For public school districts nationwide, maintaining strong enrollment and attendance rates has been a major challenge. With our robust and effective data-driven strategic enrollment plan, your school and district can maximize attendance and get students back to school.

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Customized Professional Development Support

To support your strategic plan development and implementation, we can provide coaching, workshops for your leadership team, and retreat facilitation for your cabinet and/or school board.

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By identifying areas aligned with our strategic plan but raised to their data analysis, District Management Group has helped us identify areas where we could benefit from specific benchmarks and plans.

Dr. Brian White, Superintendent Butler Area School District (PA)

I did a lot of work with my board on strategic planning, and when it came time to actually craft an annual report and a yearly plan, I went to District Management Group.

Kelly Lyman, Superintendent Mansfield Public Schools (CT)

There isn’t a board meeting that goes by where we aren’t talking about how we are addressing our strategic plan. We are always referring back to our strategic plan. DMGroup’s approach helped us craft a strategic plan that drives our district’s work.

Dr. Brian Maher, Superintendent Sioux Falls School District (SD)

Featured Insights

  • Case Study : Taking a Strategic Budgeting Approach at Fresno Unified (CA)

    With a new strategic budgeting approach, Fresno Unified SD is transforming how they plan and budget district-wide.

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  • Self-Assessment / Toolkit : Six Questions to Evaluate Your Strategic Plan

    Use this self-assessment to make sure your strategic plan is up to today’s challenges.

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  • 10 Mistakes to Avoid : Developing a Strategic Plan for Today’s Challenges

    Does your district have a focused plan that drives your day-to-day activities?

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