Shore Marks Progress on Strategic Planning

On February 21, 2021, the Strategic Initiatives Committee of the Board of Trustees sent the following update on the school's strategic planning process to the Shore community:

In February 2020 we gathered as a community to participate in an inspiring "Visioning Day" process. The purpose of the day was to seek input to help shape Shore's strategic plan and goals. Attendees included current families, alumni and alum families, current and former employees, Board members, and educators. This inclusive process harnessed the valuable perspectives of Shore Country Day School stakeholders past and present. We are grateful for the role you played in ensuring Shore's future.
 
This day resulted in the creation of a shared vision for Shore: By 2025, Shore will be boldly reimagined to inspire a diverse community of global difference-makers.
 
This vision includes three goals:
  • Innovation: In 2025, Shore Country Day School community members are immersed in expansive and innovative teaching and learning experiences within and beyond classroom walls.
  • Equity & inclusion: In 2025, Shore Country Day School is a diverse and accessible community where everyone feels a sense of belonging.
  • Financial sustainability: In 2025, Shore Country Day School is financially sustainable as evidenced by more diverse income streams and continuous generation of surplus assets to reinvest in new programming and new business initiatives.
We invite you to review this one-page overview of Our Future in Focus, which provides more detail on Shore's goals and promising strategies.
 
In a year like no other, where we have had to pivot and change in unprecedented ways, our community should feel proud that the vision and goals we created a year ago, before the pandemic began, are more relevant than ever. Although we had to put our strategic planning process on hold to address more immediate concerns from COVID-19, the school has already made exciting strategic progress in innovation, technology use, equity, and inclusivity. Notably, the Board approved Shore's Equity and Inclusion Commitment in May 2020, despite the pandemic. This past fall, the Board restarted the work of defining broader next steps to support Our Future in Focus.
 
Although we have not been able to continue with the formal process as originally planned, we continue to grow strategically as a result of the current crisis, and we are already making progress on our high-level goals. There is no question that our learnings from this year make our organization stronger, more innovative, more agile, and better prepared for the future.
 
The Strategic Initiatives Committee intends to bring you along in our process by providing periodic updates. We look forward to crafting a plan that includes fingerprints from the entire Shore community.
 
Warmly,
The Strategic Initiatives Committee of the Board of Trustees
Elia Perez Tessicini, Committee Chair
Ian Brady
Dino Di Palma
John Fawcett
Hugo Foster
Rayna Lesser Hannaway, Board President
Amy Marks
Santo Politi
Clair Ward, Head of School
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