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Strategic Plan

Superintendent Mary Kreger works with a teacher and student.

Committed to educational excellence

In District 196, we are committed to our mission of educating students to reach their full potential. The strategic plan and goals set priorities, focus resources and strengthen operations to ensure that as a staff we are working toward accomplishing this mission everyday.

Our strategies

Strategy One: Teaching and Learning

Deliver a high-quality instructional program that anticipates and meets the needs of all learners.
  • Identify and implement essential learning in all content areas for early childhood through grade 12 that will be clearly aligned, viable, relevant, rigorous, and understood by staff, students and parents.
  • Identify and implement effective and engaging instructional strategies that are connected to a rigorous curriculum to maximize learning for all students.
  • Support learning for all students and guide instruction by designing and implementing a balanced assessment program that is both summative and formative.
  • Develop a systematic process of intervention and enrichment in all schools within a District 196 Response to Intervention framework, ensuring every student receives the time and support needed to master or exceed essential learning.
  • Continue to ensure high-quality teachers through differentiated professional development, effective evaluation and support that promotes collaboration, continuous learning, research-based instructional practices and growth in student achievement.

Strategy Two: Early Learning

Provide a well-aligned continuum of high-quality, culturally responsive, early learning (birth to grade 3) services to meet the needs of all students.
  • Coordinate and align educational experiences between early childhood services (birth to kindergarten) and elementary schools (kindergarten to grade 3).
  • Offer a continuum of high-quality, culturally responsive, early learning services to meet all students’ needs.
  • Investigate and develop strategies for outreach, community engagement and collaboration.

Strategy Three: Educational Equity

Implement a systemic process that increases achievement for all students by addressing equitable access to opportunities in our schools and programs.
  • Increase cultural proficiency across the district.
  • Increase access and participation for all students in co-curricular activities and learning opportunities.
  • Ensure access and increase participation in programs that prepare students for college.
  • Develop a systemic process to recruit and retain diverse and culturally proficient staff to reflect the diversity of the student population.
  • Distribute resources for schools based on multiple factors including student needs.

Strategy Four: Partnerships

Develop and implement sustainable strategies to increase collaboration between the district and community partners.
  • Establish a structure that will support new and existing partnerships.
  • Increase partnerships by enhancing relationships among schools and between schools and the community.

World's Best Workforce

The World’s Best Workforce is our ongoing report that provides information on the District 196 goals, achievement results, strategic work and our World’s Best Workforce Summary Report. The plan guides the work of the district and also serves to fulfill the planning and reporting requirements of the Minnesota World’s Best Workforce legislation.

  • Minnesota Report Card – a tool designed to provide parents, educators, schools, districts and citizens with easy access to district and school information, test results, demographic information and other critical data in a centralized location.
  • Staff Development Report