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Washington Unified School District (WUSD) partnered with Performance Fact, Inc. to develop and implement a new equity-centered strategic plan that will be the District's guide for the next five years, from 2022 to 2027.
 
The new strategic plan is designed to build upon the previous plan's successes and align itself with the District’s Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP). The goal is to reinforce the strengths of our school system while recalibrating the District’s vision and commitment to excellence, equity, and empowerment for every student every day.
 
The Performance Fact team and WUSD leadership utilized a series of stakeholder teams to guide the development of a strategic plan that embraces the community's diverse voices. The stakeholder teams included a Core Planning Team (CPT) of district staff and community members, an Instructional Focus Team (IFT) that included teachers and administrators, an Alignment Team with West Sacramento business and community leaders, Student Groups with voices from grades 3-12, and Community Forums open to all individuals from the broader community. 
Strategic Plan Overview

Strategic Plan Overview

About the process

About the process

The first phase for developing the new strategic plan is the Planning Phase which covers the period from September 2021 to June 2022 and focuses on community-wide engagement. The primary goal of the Planning Phase is to proactively seek out and embrace the diverse voices of WUSD’s stakeholders to achieve a mutual understanding of our common goals for students.
 
Performance Fact's strategic planning process utilizes a series of stakeholder teams to guide the development of a strategic alignment plan that embraces the community’s diverse voices. Each school system defines its relevant stakeholders, mindful of the paramount importance of broad-based, equitable representation within and across stakeholder groups. 
A Core Planning Team (CPT), comprised of representatives of all relevant stakeholder-groups works closely with the Performance Fact team to ensure that the process and outcomes of the strategic planning process are responsive to local needs and realities. The Core Planning Team serves as an “integrator” of all input from all participants; it provides a “reality check” throughout all phases of the planning exercise.

A primary purpose of planning is to facilitate unity of purpose or alignment. Alignment is the process of reaching a mutual understanding of common goals. It gives shared meaning to the work of the school or school district, thereby enabling the successful accomplishment of the goals of the organization. To be effective, the alignment process must proactively seek out and embrace the diverse voices of the organization's diverse stakeholders. If we want all stakeholders to be committed to and be meaningfully engaged in the implementation of the plan, it is wise to involve each stakeholder in the development of the plan itself.