Strategic Planning Process
Creating Brighter Futures: Briya’s Strategy 2013–2018, grew out of the school’s accreditation process. The Accreditation Team, representing Briya stakeholders, established academic objectives through 2018 for the adult education and early childhood programs of the school. These objectives were approved by Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, which accredited Briya in December of 2011 and recommended that the school continue a planning process to identify growth priorities.
The Accreditation Team evolved into the Strategy Team whose role is to continue strategic planning and serve as the implementation arm for academic objectives. Among several key issues addressed were the need for a clear school identity and higher profile, the multiple locations and partners of the school, and the rapid rate of expansion.
Meeting monthly from June 2011 until December 2012, the Strategy Team tackled threshold questions using a real-time strategy approach. This approach acknowledges that non-profit strategic planning must be responsive to opportunities that arise quickly and need a speedy resolution, thus falling outside the scope of a traditional strategic plan.
Briya became a public charter school at a time of prolific growth of charter schools in the District of Columbia. Briya students are part of a demographic with rapidly changing needs and challenges. In this unique environment, the real-time strategy approach offers useful tools which help the Strategy Team build on the school’s strengths when making decisions for the future. The strategy screen helps ensure that planning supports the school’s strongest assets.