A Special Message from our Superintendent
JP Schools Family,
As part of a first reading from our School Board, I previewed our updated 2028 strategic plan at our July 5, 2023 School Board meeting. The proposed plan is called 2028: The Road to Transformation, Innovation, and Excellence, and it outlines our hopes and dreams for our students, guides our work, and aligns our money and resources to the actions that will transform outcomes for our kids. The plan includes our mission, hopes and dreams, core tenets, capstones, goals, vision, priorities, and actions. You can preview the entire plan below.
2028 has been three years in the making and is the product of stakeholder meetings, visits to schools and classrooms, conversations with local leaders, the 1,106 stakeholders who participated in an online survey, an in-depth analysis of district data, and best practices in education. To view results from the online survey, please visit jpschools.org/2028SurveyFeedback.
The 2028 plan builds on our 2024: The Future Our Kids Deserve strategic plan. Over the last four years, we have successfully implemented actions from the plan. In 2022, our district performance score improved from a 71.6 to a 74.4, which is the largest growth Jefferson Parish Schools has seen in 10 years. 2024 gave us the platform to move our district in the right direction.
The 2028 plan includes new initiatives such as:
- Expand marketing efforts to recruit the best employees
- Continuously assess student learning and identify opportunities for interventions through an Early Warning System
- Create an Attendance Advisory Committee that consists of various stakeholders
- Celebrate retired employees
- Add an English Language Learners Superintendent’s Council
- Conduct and utilize data from bi-annual student, family, and employee surveys
- Reinforce cyber security protocols regularly with students and employees
Context has changed over the last three years due to impacts from the pandemic, changes in our demographics, and other factors, and it’s important we use the latest data to set our goals. Once we receive our 2022-2023 data from the Louisiana Department of Education, we will finalize and add 2023 baseline data and 2028 goals to the plan. The School Board will then vote on 2028: The Road to Transformation, Innovation, and Excellence - which will include our 2023 data and our 2028 goals - at a winter 2023 School Board meeting.
It’s our shared responsibility to give our students the education they deserve to succeed in life and make our world a better place. I am thankful to the students, families, employees, community members, and School Board members who provided insight to shape the plan. If we continue to focus on doing what’s best for students and building a culture of learning, we can accomplish anything. Together, we can be the proof point for what’s possible.
Dr. James Gray
OUR CORE TENETS
Build a culture of learning where students come first and are placed at the center of all decisions
Engage students in rigorous standards-
based instruction while supporting their academic, social, and emotional needs
Invest in our teachers, support staff, and leaders by providing professional learning, supportive conditions, and ample resources
Engage our stakeholders through regular two-way communications to ensure our people’s voices are heard and utilized
Enlist our partners to support our students, employees, and schools
Align school and central office supports
and resources to our priorities
Ensure that our organizational culture and structure support students
OUR VISION IN ACTION
All stakeholders must share, support, and collaborate around the vision of growing our kids, growing our employees, and growing our organization. As a community, we must ensure supportive conditions that allow for improved student achievement.