In the winter of 2011, we began our most recent strategic planning process to define what we needed to do to maximize our ability to improve our public schools. As we began, it became clear that our strategic plan had to be grounded in the extraordinary circumstances surrounding public education today at the national, state and local levels. Working with Education First, a nationally respected consulting firm, we gathered and analyzed extensive comments and input from local, state, and national leaders involved in public education and public education reform.
The analysis of the environment surrounding public education today and the extensive input from others resulted in a new approach to our work as well as a new mission, belief and vision statements and the identification of four core areas for PEF’s path forward. Together they form the backbone of our new strategic plan.