Strategic Plan Update: Feb 2021

Strategic planThis past fall, following a brief interruption to school operations due to COVID-19, DeSoto Independent School District leaders and partners resumed work on the collaborative, partnership-focused strategic planning efforts.


“We’ve discussed change in a few iterations over the last two years,” DeSoto ISD Superintendent of Schools Dr. D’Andre J. Weaver said. “What sets this effort apart is the focus on data and alignment. During the next five years, DeSoto ISD will evolve dramatically as paced by milestones, metric and progress measures designed down to the detail through project plans on specific initiatives and goals.”


Following summative touchpoints to collect feedback on segments of the plan, district leaders began touring the five-year guide among constituency groups with the goal of collecting feedback on the drafted vision, mission, commitments and priorities with the intent to bring a finalized version of the strategic plan before the Board of Trustees at the February 22, 2021 Board meeting.


Guided by an intent to dismantle barriers to organizational and student achievement, the plan also has specific goals and initiatives geared towards culturally-relevant curriculum and curricular resources; early childhood education; equity and access; social-emotional learning; and mastery-focused personalized learning.


“Like the goals set forth for this school system by the Board of Trustees, the strategic plan was written to be bold and ambitious,” Dr. Weaver said.  “The children of DeSoto ISD cannot wait. They deserve better now and the collective work that has gone into the development of this multi-year strategic plan serves as a guide for how we will revise approaches to education that have systemically and traditionally not effectively served children and families of color as well as those who face economic challenges.”


He added that this plan is equity and access in action. 


“It is a foundational strategy against barriers to social justice that have kept communities from advancing at the same rates and trajectories as those of other levels of affluence and demographic makeup and that’s what makes it exciting--the opportunity to change our world at the root of human development, over the course of a child’s educational journey and on into his or her career,” he said. “This is huge and I’m so deeply moved by the impact it will have here in DeSoto.”