MMSD Strategic Framework

Spanish traduccion

Every school a thriving school,

every student ready for college, career and community

Dear Madison Community,

During my first few months as superintendent in Madison, I’ve learned a lot about our wonderful school district and community, and I am more excited than ever about our future. Our Strategic Framework will guide our work and keep us focused on the day-to-day work of great teaching and learning. Having the courage and determination to stay focused on this work is an important shift for our district.

We all have a role in making it happen. The framework describes our specific action steps and high-leverage strategies that will move this plan from aspiration to reality.

I look forward to working with you.

Jennifer Cheatham Signature
Jennifer Cheatham, Superintendent


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Schools at the Center

The Strategic Framework starts with a simple but bold vision: every school is a thriving school that prepares every student for college, career and community. From now on, MMSD will be incredibly focused on the day-to-day work that will make that vision a reality. The Strategic Framework defines the district’s goals, core values, theory of change, focus for schools and priorities going forward. Many districts create plans at central office and implement them from the top down. Instead, schools will become the driving force of change in Madison. Rather than present educators with an ever-changing array of strategies, the framework focuses on what we know works – high quality teaching, coherent instruction, and strong leadership - and implement these strategies extremely well.

District Core Values

  • Clear and Sustained Focus
  • Great Teaching and Leadership
  • Inverting the Power Pyramid
  • Continuous Improvement Aimed at Results
  • Culture of Excellence

Schools are the driving force:

Because schools are the driving force, every school will design a targeted School Improvement Plan aimed at measurable goals.

All schools will focus on great teaching by planning instruction aligned to standards, delivering instruction that meets the needs of all learners, and monitoring student progress using data.

The district will focus on five crucial areas that will ensure that schools can do their best work for children: Coherent instruction, personalized pathways, family and community engagement, thriving workforce and accountability.

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