More Than 100 Community Members Attend First Strategic Planning Session

Newark Public Schools and Ironbound Community Corp kick off strategic planning meeting series in East Ward

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Community members from the East Ward participate in breakout discussions during Thursday’s strategic planning session.

[Newark, NJ – January 21, 2016] — More than 100 members of the community attended Newark Public Schools’ (NPS) East Ward strategic planning session on Thursday, hosted by Councilman Augusto Amador and the Ironbound Community Corp (ICC) at East Side High School. Thursday’s meeting was the first in a series of five strategic planning meetings that the district will be hosting in each ward.

ICC helped facilitate several small-group discussions in which parents, educators and community leaders were encouraged to share their feedback and insight on the following subjects:

  • Curriculum and academic programs
  • Student supports
  • Education development, effectiveness and retention
  • School planning and choice
  • Data use, measurement and accountability
  • Operations, finance and governance
  • Community engagement

The purpose of these meetings is to discuss how the district can best plan for success in the years ahead. At the end of the meeting all attendees were asked to complete an engagement survey which included a comprehensive list of questions that gathered further information and input from the community. All feedback will be shared at a final meeting on Thursday, February 25 where the district will present a draft plan for consideration before presenting the final plan to the public.

The next strategic planning session will be on Thursday, January 28 at 6:00 p.m. at West Side Campus in the West Ward. For more information about upcoming community engagement meetings, or any other details related to the Strategic Planning Process please visit: