MERC Publications

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December 2023


This research and policy brief from the Metropolitan Educational Research Consortium (MERC) explores emerging issues and innovations that PK-12 school districts should consider when engaging in strategic planning. It includes a discussion of peer reviewed literature related to how PK-12 school districts engage in strategic planning, a thematic analysis of strategic plans across Virginia (as well as the largest school districts in the United States), and an exploration of Google trends related to prominent topics in PK-12 education over the previous five years. It explores the following questions: 1) How do PK-12 school systems engage in strategic planning?, 2) What are the priorities, goals, and strategies in strategic plans across Virginia and the country? 3) What trends in public PK-12 education should school districts consider in their strategic plans? The brief concludes with a series of key takeaways and recommendations for strategic planning in PK-12 school districts.

Recommended Citation

Naff, D., Gwyn, L., Gatty, F., Willging, T., Farhana, M., Flynn, J., Justus-Smith, C., Samuel, J., Campbell, A., Cross, C., Nervil, J., & Schad, M. (2023). Emerging issues and innovations in public, PK-12 education: Implications for strategic planning. Richmond, VA: Metropolitan Educational Research Consortium.

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VCU MERC Publications



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