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        Welcome to the Strategic Planning | 2021-2025 portion of our website. Prior to the COVID-19 shutdown in March 2020, District 25 intended to begin its new, strategic planning process. As with many things in the world, that intent took a back seat to the pandemic and was pushed back until late October 2020. The District then underwent an intense strategic planning process to help plan and shape this district for years to come! We hope this section of our site allows you to re-take the planning journey with us in an in-depth level.

        Please click through the tabs at the top of this page to get background and detail on the different meetings the Strategic Planning Team had.

        Any questions related to this process or this website, please reach out to Adam Harris, the District's Head of Communications & Storytelling.


        UPDATE: April 15, 2021

        The final version of the Arlington Heights School District 25 Strategic Plan 2021-2025 is linked below. This was presented to the Board of Education in March and approved at the April 8 meeting. To watch that meeting, visit

      Orientation & Data

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        The Orientation session is to answer the question, “Who are we and what are we being asked to do?”  The Orientation session paints the “Big Picture” of the strategic planning process so that all strategic planning team members have a shared understanding of the process and their roles and responsibilities in helping the district set clear direction for the future.

        At the Orientation, team members will meet one another and learn the stakeholder group that each member of the team represents.  Stakeholder groups include community members, families, students. certified staff, non-certified staff, management, board, and union.

        The Orientation session will include opportunities to learn about the current plan and the status of plan execution and results.

        Essential Question

        Who is in the room and what are we charged to do?  The Orientation is for team members to get to know one another.  It is an opportunity to be familiar with the strategic plan process. It is an opportunity to review commitments plan team members must make.



        Participant Handout


        Assignment Article A

        Assignment Article B

        Assignment Article C



        Strategic Planning Header | data retreat

        The Data Retreat allows the Strategic Plan Team to know strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT), and to capture baseline data so a new vision can be established. The SWOT describes the current state of the district and answers the question, “Where are we now?”

        The SWOT is then shared with stakeholder groups between the Data Retreat and the Vision Retreat to solicit feedback. The feedback is reviewed at the next meeting of the team.

        Essential Question

        Where are we now?  How would you describe what is working and what needs attention in the past and present? What are the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats as described by data, information and perceptions? What does the data picture look like today?

        Schedule & Agendas

        This meeting is scheduled to occur over the span of three, two-hour sessions:

        Virtually from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

        November 16

        November 19

        December 1



        Participant Handout

        Data Presentation | Personnel, Business, Finance, Student Learning & Services

        5 Essentials Data

        Perceptions | Findings

        Reports from the November 17th Meeting

      Vision & Setting Direction

      Living the Plan

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        The Final Meeting of the Strategic Plan team allows the Team to reflect on stakeholder feedback to make additions, deletions or refinements in the plan draft. This meeting answers the question, “What if any changes need to be made in the strategic plan draft to improve the recommendation?”

        The Strategic Plan is then taken by the superintendent to the Board of Education for approval. The strategic plan team is invited to attend the board meeting.


        Essential Question: 

        What final changes need to be made in the plan to reflect patterns of stakeholder feedback? What will make the plan better? What will make the plan clearer? What changes should be made that are supported by data and evidence?



        This meeting is scheduled to occur in one, two-hour session:

        Virtually from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

        February 18, 2021


        Meeting Documents:

        DRAFT Strategic Plan | January 2021

        Parent Written Feedback on DEI and Strategic Plan

        Survey Results on the Strategic Plan



        Living the Plan | Website Header

        “Living the Plan” is what a district does to make sure the Strategic Plan is fully implemented with fidelity.  But a district needs to have certain organizational structures and processes in place to successfully do that.

        Please visit the Plan Accountability page to check out the progress.

      • Final Plan | 2021-2025
      • Plan Team
      • Schedule
      • Process