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Strategic Planning Process

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During the 2023-24 school year, Downingtown Area School District will develop a community-informed educational strategic plan.

A strategic plan is a comprehensive document that outlines the goals, objectives and strategies of a school district. It serves as a roadmap for the district's future direction and provides a framework for decision-making and resource allocation. A well-crafted strategic plan helps to guide and unify the efforts of all stakeholders. 

The ultimate goal of our school system remains the same: learning, growth and success for every student.

Our approach will be student-centered, focused on aligning a unity of purpose and will engage a diverse group of voices and perspectives.

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Community ForumS

All DASD residents are invited to attend a community forum meeting:
December 13, 2023
6:00 - 7:30 PM at DASD Central Office (540 Trestle Place)
January 11, 2024
6:00 - 7:30 PM via Zoom
To help with event logistics, we ask that attendees please RSVP online.

The Latest

We are about halfway through our community-informed, educational strategic planning process! 

So far, more than 300 students, staff, teachers, administrators, family members and community leaders have met with facilitator Performance Fact to dive into DASD's data. During these team meetings, members have worked together to create a draft student profile, as well as a draft set of goals and measures. Next up, we will bring those draft documents to our Community Forums to solicit community-wide feedback, ideas and considerations for finalization of the plan.

Thank you to all of the volunteers who have already donated their time (more than 60 hours total as of 12/8) to help ensure our district is pointed in the right direction! We hope to see many more community members at one of the upcoming Community Forums!

Planning Data
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Strategic Planning Data


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Alignment Team poses in group
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Components of the Strategic Plan

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The pillars identify what DASD must do well to be able to reach our goals for all students. They are the building blocks for action and decision-making, and provide a durable frame for organizing and focusing our work. 
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Goals and

The overarching goals will drive positive change throughout our district. These goals indicate where we should focus our attention and help us align our efforts, and will include specific measures.

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Engages the broader DASD community to help build a unifying, collective vision for our students. Defines our community's aspirations for what our students will need to be successful beyond our school buildings in college and career endeavors.

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District Promise/Mission

Provides a commitment to all DASD students by clarifying our purpose and core beliefs.



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