Planning Process

Planning Process

In May 2021, the Eastland Fairfield Career & Technical Schools (EFCTS) selected Rice Education Consulting (REdCon) to develop a three- to five-year strategic plan after a competitive bid process. To execute on the charge, REdCon, with the approval of EFCTS, developed a three-phase planning process.

During the strategic alignment phase, representatives of REdCon and the EFCTS administrative team:
  • identified the organization goals and objectives,
  • established the project goals and objectives,
  • identified key stakeholders and their roles and responsibilities, and
  • developed the project timeline.

To gather input from district stakeholders, a three-part sensing process was developed:

  1. Anonymous surveys were given for six key target groups: EFCTS staff members, current high
    school and adult students, alumni, parents and guardians, and associate school employees.
  2. One-on-one interviews were conducted with board members and staff. Each board member
    was given the opportunity to participate in a 30-minute phone meeting with a representative from REdCon.
  3. Focus groups were conducted with district stakeholders

From August 2021 to September 2021, REdCon facilitated five strategic planning sessions. The session participants included EFCTS staff, senior administrators, and business partners.

Session 1: Setting Priorities (August 3, 2021)
Session 2: Establishing Goals (August 4, 2021)
Session 3: Strategic Actions and Success Measures (August 16, 2021) – Virtual
Session 4: Prioritize Strategies and Key Actions (September 1, 2021) – Virtual
Session 5: Alignment (September 8, 2021) – Virtual

Goal - The desired outcomes of the plan

Implementation notes - 
Guidance and considerations provided by the consultant to increase the likelihood of success in execution and/or implementation

Measure of performance - Quantification of the results of an action that provides objective proof of completion of that action

Measure of effectiveness - Metric used to assess changes in system behavior, capability, or environment; to determine whether actions are having the desired effects; and to gauge results of the effort

Objective -  The action(s) taken to achieve the goals of the plan

Pillar - A strategic focus area of the plan

Strategy - A specific plan of action to meet the objective(s)

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