District Decision-Making Process
The Lindbergh Schools Decision-Making Process is a tool we use to ensure that key program, policy and procedure changes are inclusive and equitable for all and align with the district’s five-year strategic plan and compass goals.
By taking time for intentional reflection, we can expand our thinking about the diversity of needs in our district and develop inclusive practices.
This framework is available to all employees and is embedded in our decision-making processes.
Step 1: Investigate and Reflect
Purpose: Reflect upon change needed in current systems. Examples include program evaluations, curriculum cycles, strategic plans and department budgets.
- Does the current program align with the district’s five-year compass plan?
- What systems of oppression might exist within this program/practice? Consider equity as opposed to equality.
- Does this program/practice maximize district resources?
- Does this program/practice operate efficiently?
Step 2: Research for Decision-Making
Purpose: Address these questions when making a change to a practice or program.
- Does this decision align with the district’s five-year compass plan?
- Whom does the decision affect both positively and negatively? Consider how to reduce disparities and unintended consequences.
- Are those affected by the decision included in the process?
- Have PK-12 best and next practices been explored?
- Is the program or practice sustainable? Consider the impact of recurring expenditures and opportunities to create efficiencies to ensure success.
Step 3: Implementation Plan
This step focuses on detailed work, and provides a template for decision-makers to consider risks, outcomes and research as they create their action plans. It supports the inclusion of all parties impacted in the decision-making process. It also provides details about the project scope, including timeline, cost, sustainability, persons responsible, professional learning and communication.