Strategic Priorities

Holyoke Public Schools’ four strategic priorities (PDF) are essential for the district to achieve its vision of “A Pathway for Every Student.”


The strategic priorities are centered around each school having the resources, support and focus needed to develop and implement a highly effective School Strategic Plan.  All schools have engaged in a rigorous and reflective planning process to develop unique school strategic plans, designed to support students academically, behaviorally and social-emotionally. Our students will graduate prepared to excel in college, career and community leadership.

Within these priorities, we are building on our past efforts and focused on 4 focused and highly impactful initiatives for school year 2018-19:

  • Instructional Leadership
  • Management and Operations
  • Family and Community Engagement
  • Professional Culture
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Strategic Plan (PDF)| En Español (PDF)

Our multi-year district priorities will define our work from School Year 2018-19 to School Year 2020-21.

Instructional Leadership

  • Provide educators with clear expectations, adequate resources and professional learning and support to ensure rigorous curriculum, instruction and assessment for all students with special attention to writing, mathematics, science and social-emotional skills
  • Develop and support the use of a menu of effective academic and behavioral interventions that accelerate the progress of all students, including students who are English learners and students with disabilities
  • Implement the high school redesign plan to create a pathway for every student
  • Continue the staged implementation of distinct elementary and middle schools
  • Expand quality learning opportunities for four-year-old children


Management and Operations

  • Provide greater clarity and support for principals to implement an effective school improvement planning process
  • Support and monitor each school in its effective implementation of educator supervision and evaluation
  • Provide the facilities, transportation, and technology support that schools need to have systems in place that ensure an excellent school for all students

Family and Community Engagement

  • Focus engagement activities on preparing families to better support their children’s learning at home
  • Expand the quality of two-way communication between families and educators about how their children are measurably progressing toward standards
  • Build more sustainable and effective relationships with community organizations to partner with schools in providing services for students

Professional Culture

  • Improve district and school capacity to recruit and retain effective educators
  • Support and monitor school-based systems to effectively use time available for educator learning and collaboration
  • Develop increased staff proficiency around culture, inclusion and acceptance
  • Develop principals to nurture and sustain positive school cultures around communication, collaboration, problem-solving, conflict resolution and voice
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