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Exhibit A, Board Resolution No. 20/21:9

Mount Baker School District Mission & Vision

Our Mission: The Mount Baker School District, working with the community, will provide all students a strong educational foundation upon which they can build their futures as productive citizens of our changing world.

Mount Baker's strategic planning is based upon a vision of the outcomes we want for every Mount Baker student.


Every Mount Baker School District Student will:

  • Acquire the academic basics of reading, writing, and mathematics;
  • Develop a well-rounded background in other core subjects including,but not limited to,the arts, social studies, science, physical education, foreign language, vocational-technical areas, and basic life skills;
  • Be able to think critically and creatively, solve problems, and will communicate effectively;
  • Learn to work effectively as individuals and as group members, and develop self-confidence, self-discipline, and respect for others;
  • Recognize the contributions of a wide variety of individuals, groups, and cultures;
  • Demonstrate civic responsibility; and
  • Be prepared to pursue their selected field of study or work following high school graduation.

mOUNT bAKER sCHOOL dISTRICT Strategic Plan

2020 Through 2025

  • GOAL 1: LEARNING AND TEACHING. Leverage the power of the Mount Baker community; including people, natural resources and rich local history to engage, equip and empower students with skills needed to impact and strengthen local, regional, and global communities.
  • GOAL 2: FINANCE, FACILITIES, OPERATIONS. Maximize the student learning environment by accessing transparent and financially sustainable opportunities that are innovative and equitable for all students.
  • GOAL 3: CULTURE OF CARE. Actively foster a culture of care in which all students are supported, respected, and provided resources necessary for success.
  • GOAL 4: COMMUNICATION. Provide timely, reliable, and responsive information to strengthen connections between families, students, staff, and community.
  • GOAL 5: COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT (FAMILY, STUDENT, COMMUNITY). Establish and cultivate strong bonds with our Mount Baker community while honoring diverse family cultures to enrich the educational program.

View the MBSD Strategic Plan 2020-2025 as a PDF.

View the MBSD Strategic Plan 2020-2025 Flyer.

GOAL 1: LEARNING AND TEACHING

Leverage the power of the Mount Baker community; including people, natural resources and rich local history to engage, equip and empower students with skills needed to impact and strengthen local, regional, and global communities.

OBJECTIVE 1: Implement relevant, meaningful, and effective instruction.

2020/2021 School Year Activities:

  1. Develop systems for collaboration to plan for changing modalities of learning (remote, hybrid, in person).
  2. Provide professional learning opportunities to optimize engagement in remote learning including use of synchronous and asynchronous instruction.
  3. Provide technology with professional learning to optimize connectivity and engagement in remote learning including devices and platforms for learning.
  4. Work with Community Based Organizations to provide relevant, place-based learning.
  5. Collaboratively plan for safe phasing to in person learning with small groups and then hybrid models of remote and in person learning.
  6. Address barriers to learning during COVID-19 to ensure equity and access for all students to achieve learning, college, and career development.

2021/2022 School Year Activities:

  1. Provide models and pathways for Pre-K through 12 student access to education by way of aligned themes and a comprehensive project scheme that will be age-appropriate, partnership-ready and community facilitated.
  2. Grade level teams will identify topics/standards for interdisciplinary learning with students that involve community partnerships.
  3. Develop time frame for project implementation over the next five years to include themes, spiraling skill development, interactive topics identified.
  4. Assign standards to projects to ensure that they spiral and identify the years taught.
  5. Establish a framework for cycles of inquiry.

2022/2023, 2023/2024, and 2024/2025 School Year Activities:

  1. Continue to provide models and pathways for Pre-K through 12 student access to education by way of aligned themes and a comprehensive project scheme that will be age-appropriate, partnership-ready and community facilitated. Increase scope and access to Pre-K educational opportunities, especially for currently underserved children.
  2. Grade level teams will continue to identify topics/standards for interdisciplinary learning with students that involve community partnerships.
  3. Adjust timeframe for project implementation over the remaining school years to include themes, spiraling skill development, interactive topics identified.
  4. Assign standards to projects to ensure that they spiral and identify the years taught.
  5. Continue to implement a framework for cycles of inquiry.

Each year, the Activities will build upon the work of the previous school year.

OBJECTIVE 2: Support Students, Families and Staff by Implementing Trauma-Informed Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (T-MTSS) District-Wide.

2020/2021 School Year Activities:

  1. Develop a system-wide structure for professional collaboration.
  2. Use data in assessing all students’needs.
  3. Provide monthly administrative and certificated professional learning to promote culturally responsive practices specifically for our more vulnerable populations that are over-represented in special education.

2021/2022 School Year Activities:

  1. Use data in assessing and addressing all students’ needs.
  2. Build individual and collective student efficacy through fostering a mindset that all students can learn and be successful.
  3. Use rubric of best practices for teacher reflection and surveys to ensure cultural relevance and culturally responsive teacher practices are embedded in teaching and learning.
  4. Implement professional learning that is embedded regularly in the calendar with an on- going and predictable structure.
  5. Implement T-MTSS Leadership Teams.

2022/2023, 2023/2024, and 2024/2025 School Year Activities:

  1. Continue to use data in assessing and addressing all students’ needs.
  2. Continue to use rubric of best practices for teacher reflection and surveys to ensure cultural relevance and culturally responsive teacher practices are embedded in teaching and learning.
  3. Continue to implement professional learning that is embedded regularly in the calendar with an on-going and predictable structure.

Additional 2022/2023 School Year Activity:

  1. Implement T-MTSS with all staff.

Additional 2023/2023 School Year Activity:

  1. Implement T-MTSS with families and community members.

Each school year, the Activities will build upon the work of the previous school year.

OBJECTIVE 3: Implement on-going professional development for all staff that is inclusive, differentiated, and focused on instructional practices to address learning needs of students.

2020/2021 School Year Activities:

  1. Leadership teams will collaborate annually to establish a detailed, year-long calendar for professional learning.
  2. Provide time for staff to collaborate on implementation of what has been learned.
  3. Implement professional learning that is embedded regularly in the calendar with an on-going and predictable structure.

2021/2022 through 2024/2025 School Year Activities:

  1. Leadership teams will collaborate annually to establish a detailed, year-long calendar for professional learning.
  2. Provide time for staff to collaborate on implementation of what has been learned.
  3. Invest in a culture of inquiry-based practice, utilizing data review, professional self- evaluation, and instructional shifts to meet the changing needs of students.
  4. Engage in professional learning around student engagement and motivation including Place Based Learning.

Each school year, the Activities will build upon the work of the previous school year.

GOAL 2: FINANCE, FACILITIES, OPERATIONS

Maximize the student learning environment by accessing transparent and financially sustainable opportunities that are innovative and equitable for all students.

OBJECTIVE 1: Develop a transparent, fiscally responsible, long-term plan to ensure all decisions are student-centered, data-driven, and fiscally responsible; maximizing District resources, including staff, revenue and facilities.

2020/2021 School Year Activities:

  1. Given the unique circumstances as a result of COVID-19, the following groups will plan for learning modalities throughout the year. Financial impacts will be discussed with the following groups: Administrative Team, District Finance Team, District-Wide Reopening Team, Bargaining Units (MBEA, PSE, MBAA, Non-represented), Community, School Board, and Other Groups as deemed necessary.
  2. Establish and implement a plan for CARES funding to address the needs of students and staff, equity for access to technology and other family needs, and remote learning platforms and devices to provide optimal learning experiences. Plan and begin to provide extended learning opportunities for students impacted by COVID-19 disrupted learning.
  3. Establish Memos of Understanding with bargaining units, to address the unique needs of COVID-19 not addressed in the general bargaining agreements.
  4. Meet weekly with bargaining units to make adjustments, address the changing needs of our school community, and foster collaboration in addressing resources including budget and staffing.
  5. Work collaboratively with Community Based Organizations and Whatcom County groups to maximize resources and foster community-wide collaboration.
  6. Continue to address capital projects with flexibility to include facility needs specific to COVID-19. Create a Long-term Capital Facilities Plan and a Capital Facilities Maintenance Plan.
  7. Near the end of the school year assess the budget to plan for the following year based on data and student’s social emotional, health, and learning needs.
  8. Develop and continually modify/revise a financial plan in response to impacts of COVID-19 around enrollment, reduced Transportation funding, and other impacts.
  9. Establish and convene on a regular basis a District Budget Committee focused upon the upcoming 2021/2022 Fiscal Year budget.
  10. Monitor facility needs during COVID-19 to ensure that safe,equitable,and efficient rooms and infrastructure is available for each program’s needs.
  11. Examine future space issues that may exist due to the impacts of COVID-19 and related program changes/needs (e.g. - more alternative education classroom space, additional special education space).
  12. Examine technology accessibility and connectivity and establish plans/protocol to get comparable access to all who demonstrate a need.

2021/2022 School Year Activities:

  1. Create an advisory group of stakeholders, including students, that provides input to district administration regarding financial allocations and operational goals.
  2. Establish a diverse advisory committee that will review the quality, value, and adequacy of Mount Baker facilities including Pre-K facilities, and establish a plan to ensure that facilities meet student needs.
  3. Identify criteria for a data-driven feedback process that will be used to analyze, critique and modify decisions.
  4. Establish a fiscal approach that will prioritize Mount Baker’s resources, assets and needs to create a process to ensure an equitable allocation of funds.
  5. Establish activities for the next school year based on progress made toward the objective.

2022/2023, 2023/2024, and 2024/2025 School Year Activities:

  1.  Continue honing the collaborative work of an advisory group of stakeholders, including students, that provides input to district administration regarding financial allocations and operational goals.
  2. Continue honing the work of a diverse advisory committee that will review the quality, value, and adequacy of Mount Baker facilities and establish a plan to ensure maximum performance and safety.
  3. Use criteria for a data-driven feedback process that will be used to analyze, critique and modify decisions.
  4. Use a fiscal approach that will prioritize Mount Baker’s resources, assets and needs to create a process to ensure an equitable allocation of funds.
  5. Establish activities for the next school year based on progress made toward the objective.

Each school year, the Activities will build upon the work of the previous school year.

OBJECTIVE 2: Implement and invest in a robust technology system that will enhance the learning experience and ensure student success.

2020/2021 School Year Activities:

  1. Dedicate CARES fund for 1:1 Technology and connectivity devices (hotspots) to increase engagement with remote learning.
  2. Implement platforms that support remote learning.
  3. Provide professional learning opportunities for all staff to provide optimal remote instruction.
  4. Invest in online learning resources.
  5. Support students and staff with no connectivity.

2021/2022 through 2024/2025 School Year Activities:

  1. Dedicate funds to meet the educational technological equipment needs of students and staff.
  2. Prioritize adequate funding and support to ensure access to essential software for all students, families and staff.
  3. Provide regular training and instruction to ensure all staff and students feel prepared and confident to successfully engage in all models of learning.
  4. Identify and provide necessary, current educational technology software needed by students, staff, and families.

Each school year, the Activities will build upon the work of the previous school year.

OBJECTIVE 3: Ensure adequate funding for access to academics without limitation, by supporting the basic needs of all students, including food security, physical and mental healthcare, laundry, and transportation.

2020/2021 School Year Activities:

  1. Engage and partner with outside agencies to develop tiered support systems for students and families to access services to meet their basic needs. A list of partnerships and resource connections will be developed.
  2. Perform an equity audit to identify and remove barriers to student success and share audit with the learning community.
  3. Work with families to recognize and address transportation barriers and collaborate to determine a District Action Plan to overcome geographical and economical barriers.
  4. Develop class size standards to optimize learning with adequate physical space.
  5. Develop and articulate functional safety plans.

2021/2022 School Year Activities:

  1. Engage and partner with outside agencies to develop tiered support systems for students and families to access services to meet their basic needs. A list of partnerships and resource connections will be maintained.
  2. Develop a three-year plan for addressing issues identified as a result of the equity audit.
  3. Develop a three-year plan for addressing geographical and economical barriers.
  4. Develop a three-year plan for addressing class size and space issues.
  5. Update safety plans.

2022/2023, 2023/2024, and 2024/2025 School Year Activities:

  1. Continue to engage and partner with outside agencies to develop tiered support systems for students and families to access services to meet their basic needs. A list of partnerships and resource connections will be maintained.
  2. Sequentially implement each year of the three-year plan for addressing issues identified as a result of the equity audit. Reassess at the end of each school year to make necessary adjustments for the next school year.
  3. Sequentially implement each year of the three-year plan for addressing geographical and economical barriers. Reassess at the end of each school year to make necessary adjustments for the next school year.
  4. Sequentially implement each year of the three-year plan for addressing class size and space issues. Reassess at the end of each school year to make necessary adjustments for the next school year.
  5. Assess and update safety plans each year.

Additional 2024/2025 School Year Activities:

  1. Prepare to perform an equity audit in 2025/2026 to determine if this activity for this objective was met. Determine next steps.
  2. Prepare to perform an assessment of geographical and economical barriers in 2025/2026 to determine if this activity for this objective was met. Determine next steps.
  3. Prepare to perform an assessment of class size and space utilization for optimal learning in 2025/2026 to determine if this activity for this objective was met. Determine next steps. 
GOAL 3: CULTURE OF CARE

Actively foster a culture of care in which all students are supported, respected, and provided resources necessary for success.

OBJECTIVE 1: Actively breaking down systemic inequities.

2020/2021 School Year Activities:

  1. Form a group to work on identifying current inequities.
  2. Pursue an understanding and definition of systemic inequities with the T-MTSS professional learning.
  3. Use data to define and assess inequities.
  4. Create a culture where equity is understood and valued.

2021/2022 through 2024/2025 School Year Activities:

  1. Pursue further understanding and definition of systemic inequities.
  2. Use data to define and assess inequities.
  3. Sustain a culture where equity is understood and valued.
  4. Each school year, the Activities will build upon the work of the previous school year.

OBJECTIVE 2: Nurturing authentic and loving relationships.

2020/2021 School Year Activities:

  1. Build systems that demand clear and consistent boundaries.
  2. Begin evaluating current Social Emotional Learning curriculum, adjust and improve where needed based on impact for students/outcomes.

2021/2022 School Year Activities:

  1. Identify and adopt restorative practices across systems.
  2. Build systems that demand clear and consistent boundaries.
  3. Continue to evaluate Social Emotional Learning curriculum, adjust and improve where needed based on impact for students/outcomes.

2022/2023 School Year Activities:

  1. Assess systems that support the demand of clear and consistent boundaries.

2023/2024 School Year Activities:

  1. Assess progress on adoption of restorative practices across systems.
  2. Sustain systems that demand clear and consistent boundaries.
  3. Continue to evaluate current Social Emotional Learning curriculum, adjust and improve where needed based on impact for students/outcomes.

2024/2025 School Year Activities:

  1. Sustain systems support that demand clear and consistent boundaries.

OBJECTIVE 3: Creating and sustaining a sense of belonging.

2020/2021 through 2024/2025 School Year Activities:

  1. Align resources that support the whole child.
  2. Seek to understand what creates belonging. Why do students come to school? Why do families visit schools? What is keeping staff at Mount Baker?
  3. Ensure a safe and civil environment for students, staff, and community.

Each school year, the Activities will build upon the work of the previous school year.

GOAL 4: COMMUNICATION

Provide timely, reliable, and responsive information to strengthen connections between families, students, staff, and community.

OBJECTIVE 1: Establish consistent and reliable methods of communication, using a variety of platforms, to ensure the Mount Baker community is kept informed.

2020/2021 School Year Activities:

  1. Information shared internally and with the public.
  2. Multilingual and multicultural access to communication.
  3. Communication is ADA compliant.
  4. A social media presence that is informative, innovative, and engaging.
  5. Highlight and celebrate school, staff, and students accomplishments.
  6. Communication plans for safety related concerns systematically communicated across all District staff.
  7. Communicate clear plans for emergency situations to the public.
  8. Communicate supports for families/communities to debrief crisis situations.

2021/2022 School Year Activities:

  1. Information shared internally and with the public.
  2. Review resource effectiveness and equitable representation.
  3. Successfully use new website and decrease use of paper communication.
  4. Involve student leaders in communication.
  5. Share our history to include Native history and voice through collaboration with Tribal Elders.
  6. Share responsive communication.
  7. Communication will be predictable for all families and staff.

2022/2023 School Year Activities:

  1. Information shared internally and with the public.
  2. Communication practices are embedded and used by all staff.
  3. Staff access the website to support student engagement.

2023/2024 School Year Activities:

  1. Information shared internally and with the public.
  2. Ensure high use of social media platforms.

2024/2025 School Year Activities:

  1. Information shared internally and with the public.
  2. Assess, monitor, and refine all previous work to determine next steps.

OBJECTIVE 2: Clarify roles, responsibilities, and systems of communication.

2020/2021 School Year Activities:

  1. Adopt new website platform.
  2. Create an app that is aligned with the website.
  3. Implement social media.

2021/2022 through 2024/2025 School Year Activities:

  1. Assess and refine website.
  2. Assess and refine app.
  3. Assess and refine use of social media.
  4. Increase student voice and engagement in communication.

Each school year, the Activities will build upon the work of the previous school year.

GOAL 5: COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT (FAMILY, STUDENT, COMMUNITY)

Establish and cultivate strong bonds with our Mount Baker community while honoring diverse family cultures to enrich the educational program.

OBJECTIVE 1: Provide a variety of community-based learning and engagement opportunities for all students.

2020/2021 and 2021/2022 School Years Activities:

  1. Review past/current field trips by grade level, checking for curricular/standard alignment.
  2. Complete a field trip needs assessment to determine gaps in place-based opportunities.
  3. Research new field trip opportunities to fill gaps.
  4. Develop a calendar for 2021/2022.
  5. Review past/current guest speakers/experts by grade level to determine curricular/standard alignment.
  6. Complete a guest/expert needs assessment to determine gaps.
  7. Research guest speaker opportunities to fill gaps.

2022/2023 School Year Activities:

  1. Engage in new field trips.
  2. Assess field trip appropriateness and validity.
  3. Refine field trip calendar as needed.
  4. Research new guest speaker opportunities to fill gaps.
  5. Develop prototype guest speaker calendar for 2023/2024.

2023/2024 School Year Activities:

  1. Implement established field trip calendar.
  2. Engage with guest speakers from new calendar.
  3. Assess guest speakers appropriateness and validity.
  4. Refine guest speaker calendar as needed for 2024/2025.

2024/2025 School Year Activities:

  1. Assess community engagement and plan for next steps.

OBJECTIVE 2: Create diverse opportunities for and encourage engaged participation in community events sponsored by the District.

2020/2021 School Year Activities:

  1. Brainstorm a list of viable incentives for virtual events while Whatcom County remains in Washington State’s phased recovery plan Phases 2 and 3.
  2. Brainstorm a list of barriers that hinder family participation in virtual events while Whatcom County remains in Washington State’s phased recovery plan Phases 2 and 3.
  3. Follow Whatcom County Health Department guidance for any in person event participation.
  4. Develop health and safety guidelines for any in person events.

2021/2022 School Year Activities:

  1. Brainstorm a list of viable incentives for events.
  2. Examine resources and partnerships available to the District that could facilitate and support providing incentives for events.
  3. Brainstorm a list of barriers that hinder family participation in events.

2022/2023 School Year Activities:

  1. Match incentive options to planned events.
  2. Evaluate the effectiveness of incentives and adjust plans for future events.
  3. Host events that are accessible to all families.
  4. Collect data on disengaged families.
  5. Review data to evaluate effectiveness of measures to remove barriers and adjust plans for future events.

2023/2024 and 2024/2025 School Year Activities:

  1. Host events that offer incentives in a systematic way.
  2. Continue hosting events, collecting data, and comparing data year-to-year.
  3. Plan next steps.

Each school year, the Activities will build upon the work of the previous school year.