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For generations, the Grandview Heights Schools community has played an integral role in supporting the success of our students and schools. As we seek to prepare the next generation for this rapidly changing world, it is critically important that our schools adjust and adapt to meet the needs of our students today and tomorrow.

In September the Grandview Heights Board of Education launched a community engagement process to include staff, students, parents, administration and board members to be the best it can be — for many years to come.  

To increase the sustainability and longevity of the Grandview Heights Schools’ Strategic Plan, it is recommended that a long-term directional approach be used. A directional strategic plan provides a clear focus through the use of a guiding framework that outlines the core, future-focused, strategic priority areas that are grounded in organizational and community values. The framework of the strategic priority areas becomes the driving force behind all organizational strategies.

Contrary to typical strategic planning processes which often produce a static strategic plan for an arbitrary number of years, a directional plan does not have a shelf-life but instead results in a dynamic, living document that is flexible, allows for greater voice, and supports the ever-changing needs of school systems which are required to be adaptive, agile organizations.

The guiding values of this strategic planning approach are:

  • Focus - A few key initiatives; be consistent.
  • Feasibility - Support and capacity to deliver.
  • Commitment - Stay the course, collaborate.
  • Preservation - Do not endanger what works.
  • Trust - Transparency and accountability.

Our proposed process has four phases (Dream, Discover, Design, and Define) which we began in  Summer of 2022 and will conclude during the Spring of 2023 with a fifth phase (Do) that represents ongoing monitoring and reflection.




July 2022 - Board of Education engages Dr. Denise Snowden to facilitate the community engagement process for strategic planning.

August/September 2022 - Conduct Board of Education Member Interviews and Focus Groups

  • Board of Education Member Interviews
  • Recent Alumni (within four years)
  • Parents of Young Children 
  • Administrator Focus Group
  • Parents / Community Members
  • Staff Focus Group
  • Student Focus Groups (grades 3-12) 




October 2022 - Community Engagement Session 


November 2022 - Core and Inquiry Team(s) Launch

The Core Team includes building teachers, central office and building administrators, and two Board of Education members.  The Core Team Kick Off meeting is Wednesday, November 2, from 12:30 to 2:45 p.m. 

There will be three separate Inquiry Teams including (1) Learning Experience; 2) Learning Environments; and 3) Learning Resources with six to eight people serving on each team with representation from ALL three buildings and members of the student body and community.  The Inquiry Team Kick Off Meeting is November 15, from 4 to 6 p.m. in Larson Middle School Media Center.



On November 2, 2022, the Strategic Planning Core Team launched. This team includes teachers and administrative representatives from each school building, district administrators, and two Board of Education members and is facilitated by our strategic planning consultant from Coach to Lead, Dr. Denise Snowden. 

This team will lead the revisions to select organizational drivers, provide coherence across the three inquiry teams (which will begin their work to develop strategy recommendations later this month), will disseminate regular communication updates to stakeholders, and, most importantly, the Core Team is responsible for finalizing the strategic plan that will be presented to the Board of Education for consideration and adoption in the Spring of 2023. 

At this initial meeting, we established our purpose, and how we would work together toward that purpose. We explored some of the factors that are shaping the future of education (technology, future of work forecasts, neuroscience, etc.) to discern what our students will need to be fully equipped for their future.


What are the driving questions our Inquiry Teams will explore?

Learning Experience Inquiry Team

What must Grandview Heights Schools do to advance academic excellence and future readiness in a learner and learning-centered experience?

Learning Environments Inquiry Team
What must Grandview Heights Schools do to advance student and staff well-being to ensure a safe and supportive learning environment?
Learning Resources Inquiry Team
What must Grandview Heights Schools do to provide students with the tools, partnerships, infrastructure, and resources necessary to realize their dreams?