Throughout the 2018-2019 school year, the Administration of Watertown Public Schools worked closely with district and community stakeholders to develop a Vision of a Watertown Graduate, Strategic Plan and Continuous Growth Plan that will guide our work for the next three years.
The Vision of a Watertown Graduate specifies the cognitive, personal, and interpersonal competencies that students should have when they graduate from Watertown High School. Students will acquire the knowledge, characteristics and skills identified in the Vision through compelling learning experiences over the course of their PK-12 career. The Vision was co-created with input from key stakeholders and will be a clear visualization of priority goals for teaching and learning that can be easily communicated to staff, students, families and community members to align our collective efforts.
The Strategic Plan 2022 is grounded an overarching Theory of Action that clarifies our understanding and expectations, focus on our long-term goals, and move us from abstract ideas to concrete action plans:
Theory of Action: IF we focus our collective efforts on addressing the needs of the whole child, improving teaching and learning at all levels and strengthening our connections with community stakeholders, BY collaboratively developing a strategic plan that identifies our priorities, goals, initiatives and action steps, THEN we will see changes in district practices and procedures consistent with the aspirations for students detailed in our Vision of a Watertown Graduate.
The Continuous Growth Plan highlights Watertown’s focus on three specific areas that impact every aspect of district operations–Facilities, Systems and Operations, and Budget and Resources. The continuous improvement process allows the district to define a problem, implement a small change, collect data, analyze and examine the data, determine if the change is an actual improvement, and either scale up the change or try something new/refine their approach based on what was learned from that cycle. This approach highlights Watertown’s belief that improvement is not something that starts and stops, but is something that requires a commitment to an ongoing process of learning, self-reflection, adaptation, and growth.