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Five-Year Strategic Plan Set for July 1


​​The Rockford School Board tonight approved a five-year strategic plan to drive innovation and improvement in Rockford Public Schools for the next five years. It will replace the existing strategic plan, Visualize 2015, on July 1.

The existing five-year plan served as a guide and vision for RPS 205, the community and its students. Many of the same ideas carry over in the new plan, which was created with help from a committee of teachers, administrators, community leaders, students and parents. The group collected feedback from more than 3,500 stakeholders to create the plan the board approved tonight. The plan’s mission: Collaboratively engage all students in a world-class education.

The new plan identifies five long-term goals and nine strategies aligned to those goals (see below). After tonight’s approval, Superintendent Ehren Jarrett and his Cabinet will work on developing strategic plan indicators, or ways to measure growth and achievement for each of the five goals. The plan will be rolled out to RPS 205 schools and administrative departments in the coming months. See the full plan at​.


  • Growth and Achievement: Ensure students are college and career ready. 
  • Engaging Partnerships: Engage families and the community as vital partners in the education process. 
  • Optimal Climate: Ensure a productive and satisfying climate for learning and teaching. 
  • Quality Staff: Attract, develop and retain a high quality, diverse and accountable workforce. 
  • Fiscal & Operational Stewardship: Demonstrate effective and efficient business operations, and ensure excellent stewardship of public money.


  • Curriculum alignment 
  • Differentiated instruction 
  • Customer service 
  • Social-emotional health & skills 
  • Facilities and technology ​
  • Internal trust and relationships 
  • Recruit and develop 
  • Monitor, track and report 
  • Resource allocation