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Strategic Planning

DCSC’s strategic planning process intentionally centers students and their families, aligns our goals and strategies with the Duluth Public School District and community partners, and reflects best practices for full-service community schools. We began by identifying and engaging key stakeholders, then used their input to drive our work. With that stakeholder guidance, we conducted a comprehensive SWOT analysis, developed an organizational vision and updated mission, and then drafted goals and strategies. 

In this phase, we are gathering feedback on the vision, mission, goals, and strategies. We will use those results to form a working strategic plan that will drive our workplans and any necessary adjustments to our organizational structure, partnerships, governance, and evaluation processes. 

Vision, Mission, Goals & Strategies Draft

SWOT Analysis Results

Our SWOT analysis results will help guide our upcoming strategy planning session. Thank you to everyone who shared their knowledge and experience to help us develop a strong, sustainable plan for our future. 

Strategic Planning - Initial Feedback Results

 Thank you to everyone helping the Collaborative "plan into existence"  the schools we all know our students and families deserve! We collected feedback from current and past DCSC stakeholders: students, teachers, parents/families, community members, school staff, etc! Click below to view the results


Engagement Objectives

  • Foster an inclusive, welcoming, sustained culture of collaboration

  • Strengthen, deepen relationships between DCSC and families, students, educators, partners, and the district

  • Ensure we hear from all our key stakeholders

  • Create opportunities for stakeholders with varying perspectives to listen to and learn from each other

  • Seek input from students and families about their lived experiences in the schools

  • Understand what is and isn’t working for students, families, educators

  • Ask how stakeholders define success

  • Gather perspectives on opportunities and constraints for the collaborative, school district, and partners to work together

  • Provide information on the needs and opportunities in the schools and how DCSC is helping to address those

  • Use multiple means/methods to provide stakeholders with information the full-service community schools model, purpose and history of DCSC, funding, recent and current programming, partners, and impacts

Click here for our Strategic Planning Engagement Design document. 

Kids Playing Tug of War

Our Values

Collaboratively defined in 2022: 

  • Wellbeing & Justice

  • Development & Sustainability

  • Shared Power, Accountability & Measurable Results

  • Trusting Relationships & Authentic Connections 

Four Pillars of Community Schools

  • Integrated Student Supports

  • Expanded & Enriched Learning Time 

  • Active Family and Community Engagement

  • Collaborative Leadership and Practices


Contact us by phone or email. Check out our blog to learn more about our work, or visit the Support page to learn how you can engage.

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