It is essential that the entire community have several opportunities to provide feedback throughout the process. We accomplish much of this through data gathering -- phone interviews, on-line surveys, forums, focus groups and participation in a Strategic Visioning Conference.
Interviews (September - October, 2018)
30- to 60-minute phone interviews with a diverse mix of stakeholders who can provide the institution with invaluable insider and outsider perspectives on the school's strengths, challenges, needs, and opportunities.
Open community forums (September - October)
These sessions are open to all interested community members and will be held at various times. Space will be limited to 25 participants in each forum and will be led and facilitated by Concentrics, participants will provide a voice in the development of Sewickley Academy's Strategic Plan.
Online Community Surveys (November)
Community surveys gather insight from a broad range of constituents that solicit valued opinions about the Academy's strengths, challenges, opportunities, and possibilities. Surveys are anonymous and typically take 20 minutes to complete.
Focus groups (January 2019)
After analyzing survey and interview data, focus groups are formed. Examples of the Academy's focus groups may include current alumni parents, families who live a distance from the school, students who came to SA from public school, etc.
Visioning Conference (March)
A 10-hour planning meeting that involves anywhere from 60 to 90 participants, Conference attendees can include Board members, faculty and staff, alumni, students, parents, and community partners. Participants engage in small groups with representatives from each Academy constituency. Participants examine the school's current bedrock strengths, review the social, economic, political and cultural environments in which the school currently resides and generates a vision for an ideal future -- one that be realistically achieved.