Strategic Plan 2018-2023

2018-2023 Strategic Plan: Building Exceptional Schools


The vision of Suffolk Public Schools is that all students will become life-long learners equipped with the skills, knowledge and attitudes to succeed as productive citizens in a local, national and global society.


The mission of Suffolk Public Schools is to partner with the community ... to provide an effective educational experience ... and to prepare every student to find success in our complex society.

Detailed Strategic Plan document with Performance Measures - May 2021 Update

Glossary of Terms

GOAL 1:  Ensure all students demonstrate academic growth and acquire skills to become productive citizens

  • Meet the needs of all learners through a Multi-Tiered System of Supports
  • Strengthen alignment and rigor through a “backwards design” instructional planning process and data-driven instruction
  • Deepen student learning through real world connections, cross-curricular content integration, project-based learning and performance based assessment
  • Embed the 5 Cs (critical thinking, creative thinking, communication, collaboration & citizenship) and expand high demand career course offerings to prepare students for college and career
  • Expand effective instructional practices through increased teacher collaboration, teacher modeling and co-teaching opportunities in all schools
  • Implement a division-wide instructional framework that promotes increased student engagement, teacher efficacy and quality feedback to students

GOAL 2:  Ensure all students learn in a supportive, safe and nurturing environment

  • Incorporate Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports in all schools
  • Establish anti-bullying campaigns in all schools
  • Provide ongoing mental health professional development for staff, students and parents & community
  • Provide professional development on classroom management, teacher-student relationship building, de-escalation, implicit bias, functional behavioral assessment and behavior intervention plans
  • Establish teams in each school for restorative practices and threat assessment
  • Restructure in-school suspension in each school to integrate strategies to change inappropriate behaviors
  • Conduct external school safety audits
  • Provide student leadership opportunities

GOAL 3:  Maintain efficient, effective and accountable management of operation and resources

  • Improve systems designed to control costs, seek rigorous competition, increase communication, and provide clear and transparent information to stakeholders
  • Improve electronic systems for submitting and tracking maintenance requests, custodial supply orders, and technology support
  • Continuously improve infrastructure, monitoring, backup, and security systems that allow collection of data and support of all systems and system users
  • Improve training and development of all staff through online and face-to-face classes, and improve standard operating procedures manuals
  • Report annually, metrics and benchmarks on allocations of funds, Finance and Purchasing costs per function and Virginia Standards of Quality position reconciliation

GOAL 4: Attract, develop and retain high quality and diverse staff

  • Ensure the division’s salary scale remains competitive within the region
  • Ensure onboarding process fully informs and prepares newly hired staff for the expectations of their assigned position
  • Prioritize regular salary increases for staff with continuing contracts in the annual budget process
  • Maintain a rigorous teacher induction program that includes a variety of mentoring and training opportunities for newly hired staff throughout their first three years of employment
  • Collect and utilize exit interview feedback to improve staff hiring and retention
  • Implement a Tiered System of Support for non-traditional instructional staff

GOAL 5:  Strengthen family engagement and community investment

  • Enhance family outreach & communication tools to impact student success
  • Support proactive and transparent communication with all stakeholders to foster trust and increase collaboration
  • Broaden partnerships with community organizations and individual volunteers to create programs and resources needed by students and families
  • Increase visibility of school programs and school needs with all stakeholders
  • Expand learning opportunities for parents at home, school and/or in the community
  • Showcase current and former students to demonstrate SPS excellence
  • Enhance Partners-in-Education program and Volunteer Connect program