Specialized Programs

The LSBA uses research-based approaches for school board member training that works to foster increased student achievement within school systems. One of the roles and responsibilities that superintendents and school board members have is focusing on leadership models that assist in improving student achievement.

How does this work?

Training modules begin with an overview of leadership by using a board self-assessment. Assessments will determine specific areas for future focus of the school system's current situation, asking questions, and developing plans for improving performance.

The LSBA offers both individual and whole board training programs that focus on specific topics. The Power of Planning: Achieving Strategic and Operational Excellence includes good governance, vision/mission, policy, accountability, district operations, student outcomes, and relationships/community leadership. Our team can also develop a custom workshop or board retreat upon request. Please contact LSBA for pricing information at 225.769.3191.

Why is Strategic Planning so important?
Strategic planning is essential for school systems for several reasons:

> Provides Direction
> Improves Decision-Making
> Enhances Resource Allocation
> Anticipates Challenges
> Improves Performance

How is Strategic Planning different from Operational Planning?
Strategic planning and operational planning are both important types of planning in school districts, but they differ in their focus, scope, and time horizon.

Key components of a Strategic Plan include:
> Mission
> Vision
> Beliefs
> Strategic Goals or Goal Areas
> Performance Objectives
> Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

How do you set the right Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)?
The criteria for a good key performance indicator (KPI) are also often summarized by the acronym “S.M.A.R.T.“, which stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound.

> Smart
> Measurable
> Achievable
> Relevant
> Time-bound

What are the key components of Annual Operating Plans?
An annual operating plan (AOP) is a detailed plan, aligned to the Strategic Goal Areas, Performance Objectives, and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) that outlines an organization’s operational activities for the coming year. It typically include some, or all, of the following components:

> Action Plan
> Resource Allocation
> Financial Budget
> Risk Management Plan
> Communication Plan