(Re)Discover Rdale Strategic Plan
The mission of Robbinsdale Area Schools is to inspire and educate all learners to develop their unique potential and positively contribute to their community."Rdale's mission, Unified District Vision (UDV)
Unified District Vision
Robbinsdale Area Schools is committed to ensuring every student graduates career, articulated skilled trades and college ready. We believe each student has limitless possibilities and we strive to ignite the potential in every student. We expect high intellectual performance from all our students. We are committed to ensuring an equitable and respectful educational experience for every student, family and staff member.
Adopted March 3, 2014; School Board approved modification Nov. 19, 2018.
- Themes and Objectives
- Family, Staff and Community Input
- Steering Committee
We began our strategic planning in the spring of 2022.
We sought input from students, staff, families, and community members. We administered surveys, convened conversations, and hosted community groups. A few messages have come through loud and clear.
Most students are truly invested in their education and in learning. They want to see themselves represented in our curriculum – and to know they have multiple options after high school.
Family members want to know their kids feel welcomed and safe at school, and that they’re learning social emotional skills that last a lifetime. Families also want opportunities to contribute to the climate and culture of their students’ school.
Staff members want our district to excel as we reflect and represent the diversity of our students. When new employees come to work here, they want support that lasts.
We are now taking action to make all these things happen and more. As we incorporate diversity, equity and inclusion into our lessons, we are creating new ways to engage families. We are adding staff willing to work hard in a creative, tough and rewarding field.
Please check the progress dashboard periodically to see what and how we are doing.
At its June 20, 2022, meeting, the School Board approved the strategic plan framework, which is the direct result of stakeholder input during the spring of 2022. This framework includes a number of priority outcomes grounded in equity, four themes, and a number of associated objectives for each theme. See the approved framework.
Each theme has objectives, which have strategic initiatives. Moving forward, teams will work on specific initiatives, and when complete and implemented, will move on to a new initiative.
|Strategic Plan Framework
|Priority Outcomes Grounded in Equity
|Initiatives (those in progress are in bold)
|Strategic Theme A:
|Strategic Theme B:
Student Engagement and Wellness
|Strategic Theme C:
Collaboration and Partnerships
|Strategic Theme D:
Staff Investment and Impact
At its June 20, 2022, meeting, the School Board approved the strategic plan framework, which is the direct result of stakeholder input during the spring of 2022. See the approved framework. The framework includes four themes, and a number of associated objectives for each theme. All of the work is led by priority outcomes grounded in equity.
The strategic initiatives, which are branches of objectives, are where the work of the strategic plan is done. Since most objectives have more than one initiative, they're being broken into phases. Beginning in 2023, Strategic Planning Initiative Action Teams (SPIT teams) started working on initiatives.
To see the details of each strategic initiative, open the dashboard PDF below, or visit the initiatives webpage.
|2022-23 School Year
|Analyze employee input on strategic initiatives
|Report outlining implications for strategic plan framework
|Senior leadership team to approve and develop staged implementation of strategic initiatives, identify initiative owners and team leaders
|Oct. 10 - 24
|Review initiative and phasing with Steering Committee and discuss ideas for implementation
|Train Stage 1 Strategic Planning Initiative Action Team (SPIT team) initiative owners and first team meetings
|Present strategic objectives and initiatives, with recommended implementation phases to Board for information
|SPIT teams design action plans for Stage 1 strategic initiatives including budgets
|Nov. 7 - Dec. 15
|Approve Stage 1 strategic initiative action plans including resource allocations
|Develop a scorecard to measure progress on priority student outcomes, including baseline performance indicators and targets
|December / January
|Steering Committee update on strategic plan
|Board update on strategic plan
|Produce strategic plan report and communication plan
|Develop reporting and monitoring processes for strategic initiative implementation
|SPIT teams work on Stage 1 initiative action items
|January - June
|2021-22 School Year
|Begin strategic plan project planning
|Process overview and input meeting with School Board
|Review current strategic plan, refine scope of work
|March / April
|Conduct community survey and virtual focus groups
|March 18 - April 8
|Conduct an environmental scan including an assessment of local, state, and national trends; performance indicators and innovations of similar school districts; and opportunities for collaboration in the community
|March 28 - April 16
|Update School Board
|In-person focus groups
|Analyze community survey results, other community input, academic achievement, other key indicators, and community trends
|Conduct staff survey
|Review staff survey findings
|Review full analysis findings with superintendent
|First Steering Committee meeting, discuss full analysis findings
|Design session with Steering Committee and other stakeholders – review analysis findings, consider potential priority student outcomes for improvement, and strategic themes to focus future strategic efforts
|Work with superintendent to create and draft successful learner characteristics and strategic plan framework
|Present analysis findings, draft vision, successful learner characteristics, priority student outcomes, objectives, and strategic themes to School Board for information
Community input sessions:
|Review stakeholder input
|Review input with Steering Committee
|Board confirms/refines vision, approves successful learner characteristics, priority student outcomes, objectives and strategic themes in consideration of stakeholder input
|June 7 and June 20
|Steering Committee input on strategic initiatives
|Present strategic initiatives, with recommended implementation phases, to School Board
|Steering Committee update on strategic plan
|School Board update on strategic plan
In the spring of 2022, district families, staff and community members were invited to provide input to help create the strategic plan.
The district conducted email surveys, solicited input via email and Let's Talk, and conducted four strategic plan community focus groups.
In-person focus groups were held in May, 2022, at:
- Tuesday, May 10, 6-7:30 p.m. at Zachary Lane Elementary School
- 435 Zachary Lane, Plymouth – Multipurpose Room
- Wednesday, May 11, 6-7:30 p.m. at FAIR School Crystal
- 3915 Adair Avenue North, Crystal – Cafeteria
- Monday, May 16, 6-7:30 p.m. at FAIR School Crystal, also in the cafeteria
- Wednesday, May 18, 6-7:30 p.m. at Robbinsdale Spanish Immersion School
- 8808 Medicine Lake Rd, New Hope – Multipurpose Room
During this process, the district gathered more than 1,000 individual pieces of feedback from stakeholders.
In April and May of 2022, the strategic plan steering team met three times to help coordinate the input gathering phase. Members included:
- Helen Bassett, School Board Chair/Director
- Greta Evans-Becker, School Board Clerk/Director
- Toya Stewart Downey, Executive Director of Strategic Communications, Equity and Inclusion
- Peter Eckhoff, President - Robbinsdale Federation of Teachers (RFT)
- David Engstrom, Superintendent
- Patty Flores, RAS parent
- Meghan Hickey, Director of Student Services (no longer with the district or on the committee)
- Willie Howard, Athletic/Activities Director - Cooper High School
- Nina Jonson, RAS parent
- Sonya Lewis, RAS parent
- Fathia Mohamed, RAS parent
- Alicia Morales Garcia, RAS parent
- Matt Pletcher, Director of Secondary Curriculum and Multilingual Programs
- Mike Rieckenberg, Principal - Noble Elementary
- Francisco Compean Rocha, RAS parent
- Abby Rombalski, RAS parent
- Dena Russell, Director of Partnerships and College Pathways - Hennepin Technical College
- Marti Voight, Assistant Superintendent
- Anthony Williams, Executive Director of Community Education, Athletics and Activities