The Pennsylvania Department of Education requires every school district in the Commonwealth to develop and submit a strategic plan every six years. The strategic plan acts as a roadmap – giving clarity, unity, and direction to the district’s efforts.
The strategic plan is the vehicle for defining and addressing the most important educational issues the district faces. For example, the Derry Township School District must meet the tremendous challenges and opportunities in implementing state curriculum regulations that focus on student learning standards. In addition, the district must focus on preparing its students for the societal, educational, and economic opportunities of the 21st Century.
As parents, staff and community, we will cultivate an extraordinary learning environment that expands the minds and nurtures success for every member of the school community.
To launch students successfully into the 21st Century, the Derry Township School District believes that...
Effective collaboration among home, community, and school is essential.
Learning within the entire school community is optimal when: All who enter feel physically and emotionally safe and secure. Healthy minds, bodies and spirits for all are valued and encouraged. All children are given meaningful encouragement, guidance, support, instruction and an opportunity to connect with at least one significant adult. High expectations are held for all. Opportunities for all to participate are equal. Clear, consistent rules are communicated and reinforced. All stakeholders are responsible and accountable.
Systemic change is necessary for continuous improvement. Rigor, relevance, and engagement in learning are paramount. Individual strengths are recognized and valued in order to foster students’ pursuit of dreams.
Curriculum, instruction, and assessment decisions are based on research, evidence and best practices.
Global citizens require competencies in problem-solving, communication skills, technology, and teamwork.
Professional development and collaboration is the foundation for continuous growth.