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CPS District Planning Process

District Plan Framework

On July 25, the Cambridge School Committee unanimously approved the CPS District Plan Framework for 2017-2020.

The planning process has been a highly collaborative, district-wide effort. During a special meeting held July 24, Superintendent Salim updated the School Committee on upcoming work to align individual department goals and school improvement plans with the District Plan Framework for CPS. At the end of August, the plan will be formally presented to CPS educators during a Districtwide Colloquium. In September, the School Committee will meet with District Administration to engage in a retreat on outcomes and benchmarks as part of the work to monitor progress towards our shared goals.


Cambridge Public Schools, in partnership with our families and community, will provide all students with rigorous, joyful, and culturally responsive learning as well as the social, emotional, and academic supports each student needs to achieve their goals and post secondary success as engaged community members. CPS students and staff, as members of a learning organization engaged in continuous improvement, will demonstrate a growth mindset and embrace risk taking and innovation.

Strategic Objectives

District leaders, with extensive input from the CPS community, began work in August on the following strategic initiatives:
  • 1.1. Create a district-wide system for setting goals with students
  • 2.2. Expand rigorous, Joyful, culturally responsive learning experiences
  • 2.3. Establish student-centered, collaborative, transformative professional learning that supports the CPS vision
  • 3.1. Implement a PK-12 social, emotional, and behavioral learning framework
  • 3.2: Develop and expand effective inclusive practices in all classrooms
  • 4.1: Engage families as partners
  • 5.1: Institute a continuous improvement process that supports implementation of the district plan

Background Information & Documents

This process is following the Planning for Success model, developed by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

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Rigorous, Joyful, and Culturally Responsive Learning + Personalized Support Builds Postsecondary Success and Engaged Community Members


June 26
Administrative Council
Action Planning Retreat 

August 22
Principals: Aligning School Improvement Plans
to District Plan

August 23
Administrative Council
Action Planning Retreat 2

August 30
CPS Colloquium: Rolling out District Plan with all staff

School Committee
Outcomes Retreat

School Committee
Action Plan Updates and Monitoring Roundtable

March 2018
School Committee
Action Plan Updates and Monitoring Roundtable

May 2018
School Committee
Action Plan Updates and Monitoring Roundtable