Strategic Framework

Director of Schools Dr. Shawn Joseph, his leadership team and the Board of Education spent the first five months of the new administration gathering input from families, staff, local community leaders and national education experts. This input helped him assess the needs of Metro Nashville Public Schools and what it will take to move the district forward. This input provided the foundational guidance for developing the district’s new strategic plan.

The strategic plan framework is now complete and includes:

  • Vision, mission and core value statements
  • Student and school characteristics that define success on an aspirational level
  • Four overarching goals and broad strategies to achieve them
  • Key performance indicators (KPIs) – the data we will track to measure our success
  • High-level actions that we will take to execute our goals and strategies

In order to effectively measure our progress, the next phase of work will include establishing baseline metrics for the KPIs, setting targets and developing a reporting timeline.








Community input Gathering

July 2016-January 2017

Listen & Learn Sessions

12 community meetings attended by nearly 2,400 parents, students, community members and Metro Schools employees. The event format combined an opportunity for interactive, written feedback on specific topics with an open-forum listening session hosted by area Board members and Dr. Joseph himself.


Voice Sessions

15 topic-specific meetings geared toward teachers and district staff. These sessions were born from the Listen & Learns, giving district leadership the opportunity to dive more deeply into specific topics of concern brought up by the community.


100 Day Report

At the close of his first 100 days as the Director of Metro Schools, Dr. Joseph presented his 100 Day Report to the Board of Education. His first 100 days were guided by a comprehensive entry plan that mapped out goals and priorities – all of which were addressed – for his transition into leadership. The conclusions in his 100 Day Report were largely influenced by the broad community input gathered during this time.


Transition Team Report

Dr. Joseph appointed a transition team to conduct a deep analysis of current practices in Metro Schools and national best practices that could be applied to district needs in four key areas. The 47-member group was comprised of national experts, local thought-leaders, principals and parents, as well as other representatives of the broader community. The transition team worked in a subcommittee structure over the next five months and was charged with bringing forward both short- and long-term recommendations. The transition team findings were released in November 2016 and the full report of recommendations was released in early February 2017.

Phase 2: Strategic framework

December 2016-April 2017

Phase II represents the Strategic Framework. During this phase, we began and completed the synthesis of what we heard and learned in Phase I and crafted, tested, and edited language to reflect our path forward. Phase II includes the vision, mission, and values statements; student and school characteristics; four broad goal areas; 11 aligned strategies; and 130 high level actions and 26 performance measures that will guide project and action planning – and reporting – over the next three years.


Phase 3: Establish baselines measures, targets and reporting timeline

April-June 2017

Phase III of the strategic planning process will focus on developing and establishing baseline measures for the key performance indicators (KPIs). It will also set a reporting timeline with annual targets and develop action and project plans. The sequence in which the high-level actions will be carried out will also be determined.

Phase 4: Implementation planning

June-July 2017

Phase IV, conducting implementation and project plans, will continue our planning for implementation of the new processes. This phase will establish data reporting mechanisms, processes and protocols based on information gathered during the prior phases.

Phase 5: Performance measurement & dashboard Development

July 2017-June 2018

Phase V, the final phase strategic planning, will involve infrastructure and skill development on performance management and measurement. For example, creating internal data management systems, making sure databases are connected and training staff to effectively use the systems.