More Than 130 Community Members Attend Strategic Planning Sessions This Week

Newark Public Schools, La Casa de Don Pedro, and United Way of Essex & West Hudson host strategic planning meeting series in North and Central Wards

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Groups discuss different topic areas that they believe the district should prioritize for the Strategic Plan

[Newark NJ – February 5, 2016] – More than 130 members of the community attended Newark Public Schools’ (NPS) strategic planning sessions this week in both the North and Central wards. Councilman Anibal Ramos Jr. and the La Casa de Don Pedro hosted the North Ward meeting at Barringer High School on Wednesday evening. Councilwoman Gayle Chaneyfield Jenkins and the United Way of Essex and West hosted the Central Ward session at Quitman Street Community School on Thursday evening. These meetings were part of a series of five strategic planning meetings that the district has been hosting in each ward.

The Council members 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.

For more information about upcoming community engagement meetings, or any other details related to the Strategic Planning Process please visit: