"L+D’s innovative, forward-looking, yet practical approach to strategic planning helped our school imagine our bold future. Furthermore, their facilitation prowess allowed for an incredibly fresh and collaborative process!"
- Steve Morris, Head of School, San Francisco School
How might we create a bold strategic plan that stays focused on people and reflects our culture and values?
The San Francisco School stands out as a place that values diversity, equity and inclusion and is committed to developing humanitarian promise in every student. We wanted to create a plan that reflected the school's unique mission and core values, that was deeply human yet responded to rapid changes in the world. As we developed the plan, it became clear that a traditional linear plan would simply not work. Instead, we created something truly unique.
"Our strategic priorities are interconnected, created to realize our commitment to humanitarian promise, and therefore they do not exist in separate contexts. The success of our plan recognizes the interdependence of the priorities, and our thoughtful, innovative initiatives reflect this. Rather than addressing each priority separately, we strive to actualize them simultaneously by creating initiatives that provide a diverse and inclusive community; ensure contemporary teaching and learning; and support living, working, and thriving in the Bay Area."
The plan, built around three priority areas about teaching and learning, engaging deeply in the neighborhood and city, and safeguarding diversity and inclusion, offers integrated tactics that meet multiple priorities. The best way to understand it is to read it!