It is time to embrace the new realities of our world, while maintaining what continues to work for our students."David Engstrom, Superintendent
The last time Robbinsdale Area Schools modified its strategic plan was 2018 – well before the pandemic and racial upheaval upended lives across the globe, and before public education in our nation was changed forever.
Over the past few months, we've gathered the input of students, families, educators, leaders and community members from across the district. This has been done through surveys, small group meetings, targeted conversations and community input sessions.
As staff members continued to work on the plan in the summer of 2022, we realized we needed more time to put meat on the bones of the strategic framework. We want to ensure the plan strives explicitly for racial equity in its academic outcomes.
We anticipate bringing the new plan to the school board for approval by the end of 2022.
Thank you for helping Robbinsdale Area Schools create a plan that provides the education our students need and deserve.
David Engstrom, Superintendent
|2022-23 School Year||Dates|
|Analyze employee input on strategic initiatives||September|
|Report outlining implications for strategic plan framework||September|
|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 SP Steering Committee (virtual) and discuss their ideas for implementation||Oct. 19|
|Train Stage 1 strategic initiative owners and first team meetings||Nov. 7|
|Present strategic objectives and initiatives, with recommended implementation phases to Board for information||Nov. 7|
|Strategic Initiative Action Teams in the design of action plans for Stage 1 strategic initiatives including budgets||Nov. 7 - Dec. 15|
|Approve Stage 1 strategic initiative action plans including resource allocations||Dec. 19|
|Develop a Strategy Scorecard to measure progress on priority student outcomes, including baseline performance indicators and targets||December / January|
|Steering Committee update on strategic plan||January|
|Board update on strategic plan||January|
|Produce strategic plan report and communication plan||January|
|Develop reporting and monitoring processes for strategic initiative implementation||January|
Themes and Objectives
At its June 20 meeting, the School Board approved the strategic plan framework, which is the direct result of stakeholder input over the spring. 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||Themes||Objectives||Initiatives
*Stage 1 initiatives, set for 2023
||Strategic Theme A:
|Strategic Theme B:
Student Engagement and Wellness
|Strategic Theme C:
Collaboration and Partnerships
|Strategic Theme D:
Staff Investment and Impact
Community Input Sessions
Families, staff and community members are invited to participate in one of four strategic plan community focus groups.
View the community input session and school board presentation
|Community input Sessions|
|May 10, 6-7:30 p.m., in Zachary Lane Elementary School's multipurpose room|
|May 11, 6-7:30 p.m., in FAIR School Crystal's cafeteria|
|May 16, 6-7:30 p.m., in FAIR School Crystal's cafeteria|
|May 18, 6-7:30 p.m., at Robbinsdale Spanish Immersion School's (RSI) cafeteria and multipurpose room|
- 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