On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I am pleased to announce that the Strategic Plan (Plan) for the period 2019-2024 was unanimously adopted this week by the Board. The previous Plan covered the period 2012-2017 and was successfully implemented. With the change in Head of School, it was decided that the creation of a successor Plan would occur after the new Head was installed and had some time to get to immerse herself in the school and its culture and further define her vision for Parker. You may recall that in September, the Board embarked upon this effort by convening a large and committed group of past and present parents, trustees, teachers, administrators, alumni, and community members to reflect upon what we value in Parker. Through personal stories, this group affirmed the strengths and successes of Parker’s past and present. Building on this, the group then delved into an examination of Parker’s potential, imagining what Parker would look like if it were the best progressive school in the nation. Participants were fully engaged and energized by this process that resulted in an identification of themes that now form the framework for the Strategic Plan.
Under the guidance of long-time trustee and past President, Margery Whiteman, the Strategic Planning Committee diligently and carefully drafted, reviewed, and edited the Plan that I am pleased to share with you here. In addition to Margery, Laura and I want to thank the following members of the committee for their thoughtful work in designing a forum where all stakeholder’s views were welcomed and respected, and in creating a clear path for the future that includes an excellent program focused on the student experience upon which Parker will grow and thrive: Andrea Hartman, Kristen Hessler, Dan Leibert, Josh McWilliam, Lynn Schuster, and Amelia Sessions.