The Detroit Public Schools Community District’s Board Members, Superintendent Nikolai Vitti and senior leadership staff embarked upon a historical collaborative day-long working session Saturday, Aug. 19 to set the stage for the community to provide input on the development of the district’s strategic plan.
The goal for the working retreat is to emerge with elements for a clear vision, mission, core values, and priorities for the district’s future.
“Our students and families elected this body to transform the district into an educational institution in which all students have an opportunity for a successful future,” said Iris Taylor, Board President. “In order to accomplish our goals, we as a community, are charged with planning a clear path forward, one in which we all can agree upon.”
The retreat held on the campus of the University of Michigan and facilitated by Dr. Kim Cameron, founder of the Center for Positive Organization. Cameron is a William Russell Kelly Professor of Management and Organizations in the Ross School of Business and Professor of Higher Education in the School of Education. His past research on organizational virtuousness, downsizing, effectiveness, corporate quality culture, and the development of leadership excellence has been published in more than 130 academic articles and 15 scholarly books.
“Today was about building relationships beyond our titles and roles to begin the conversation about the district’s new Strategic Plan to then set the stage for the community to provide feedback and input so they will see themselves in the plan,” said Superintendent Vitti.
Next steps will include several community meetings to gain feedback and input on the preliminary work produced during the retreat. The community will help to answer questions such as:
- What future do we want?
- What work do we want to do?
- What is our culture?
The ideas will be compiled and presented to the board for discussion. A full list of meetings are included on the attached flyer.