A long-held tradition in the West Vancouver District, the Growth Plan is one of the most powerful components of our learning culture. Every year, district teachers and administrators review their professional growth plan with opportunities to share their progress with others in their school, as well as across schools. The plan cycle is based on reflection, collaboration, data analysis and evidence.
West Vancouver Superintendents also participate in the same process.
Our Board of Education employs the BCSTA Performance Planning and Review for School Superintendents model, which is connected to my duties and to our Board’s Strategic Plan. We meet three times a year as part of the cycle of reviewing, renewing and updating the plan.
Based on the Board’s key objectives in the Strategic Plan, an initial performance plan with specific goals and a series of strategies is agreed to at the beginning of the year (outlined in the presentation below):
In a recent update to the Board, I shared evidence of my progress in each goal area under the individual strategies:
We will meet again in the fall, likely, in advance of the Board adopting a new Strategic Plan following the November elections. This next session will both refine and guide my work.
There is a lot of discussion about accountability and improvement in education. This process of working with the Board to set clear goals, collecting and sharing evidence and being held accountable, is very effective. The process itself supports the short and long-term development of my own goals and performance. And, it is a process that also fosters and strengthens relations with the Board through open communication, trust and clarity of role expectations.
We all want to be better at what we do, and it is great to work in a district where continuous improvement for all is part of the culture.
I am looking forward to extending this plan further in the fall.
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