As part of our Strategic Plan of Action work, we welcomed Rebecca Ryan, a renowned futurist and economist to Omaha to lead two Futures Labs. Ryan and her team worked with a group of our staff and community members to think about what's next for Omaha Public Schools and brainstorm what's needed to prepare them for their futures throughout the next five to 20 years.
The trends identified in the Futures Labs, along with the portrait of a graduate and feedback from data walks provide context and guidance to formulate goals and action steps for the plan. The values and norms provide a foundation for the work and the strategic priorities provide direction.
The strategic priorities were solidified by triangulating the trends, the values and norms, and disaggregated student-centric data related to academic growth and achievement, program evaluation, student engagement and the perceptions of students, families, teachers and staff about the educational climate of their schools.
Priority 1: Academics
Omaha Public School students are prepared to meet post-secondary expectations. The portrait of a graduate outlines the expectations for all Omaha Public Schools graduates. To that end, the academic strategic priority will focus our work on early literacy, program redesign and establishing a high-quality portfolio of school programs. Omaha Public Schools prepares each student to meet post-secondary expectations.
Priority 2: Staff
Omaha Public Schools has highly qualified and effective staff in every division. Recruiting and maintaining a highly qualified, developed staff is the most essential component of a successful school district. Omaha Public Schools has highly qualified and effective staff in every division.
Priority 3: Financial Accountability
Omaha Public School demonstrates financial accountability tied to student outcomes. School district budgets across the U.S. are challenged daily to be funded and many districts are unable to fund their highest priorities. Omaha Public Schools understands the challenges of developing and adhering to an approved budget and recognizes the need to be accountable to the funding provided and supported by the community it serves. Omaha Public School demonstrates financial accountability tied to student outcomes.
Priority 4: Ethic of Care
Omaha Public Schools demonstrates an ethic of care for students and staff. Fostering a caring, inclusive culture assures all feel value, support, and joy. Everyone benefits as a result of students, staff and the community being served with care. Omaha Public Schools demonstrates an ethic of care for students and staff.