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The Vancouver Public Schools board of directors adopted Design II, Chapter 2, the second phase of the district’s strategic plan, on June 10, 2014. The plan reflects the community’s vision for Vancouver Public Schools and is intended to guide the district through the year 2020.

Work on Design II, Chapter 2 started in August 2013, when the district began to engage stakeholders in refreshing the plan with updated goals and target objectives. Through a district leadership team workshop, student symposium, community symposium and goal-area team meetings, more than 300 participants were involved in creating the Design II, Chapter 2 plan. In addition, nearly 2,000 people provided feedback through an online survey.

“Broad involvement in the planning process was critical,” said Tom Hagley, Jr., chief of staff and the lead administrator for the development of the plan. “Ultimately, the strategic plan establishes the priorities of our district and influences the climate and culture of our schools. So, it was important to invite our community to participate in creating a plan that represents what we want for our students.”

The first phase of the strategic plan was adopted in 2008 and has guided district efforts to improve student achievement and other outcomes.

The plan includes six goal areas:

  • Instructional Quality
  • Flexible Learning Environments
  • Programs of Choice
  • Early Learning
  • Family Engagement/Family-Community Resource Centers
  • Safe and Supportive Schools

Read about progress and successes in the goal areas through the following showcases.


  • Photo

Building a safer mouse trap

The assignment was just one project students have explored in their school’s makerspace.

  • Zach Desjarlais and Eddie Sawyer

Sawyer named NextGeneration Leader

Eddie Sawyer is one of just five K-12 educational technology professionals from around the nation to earn this honor.

  • teacher, classroom, Kendra Yamamoto, king elementary

Washington Teacher Kendra Yamamoto Sees Big Returns in Early Learning Programs

"There’s no role preschool teacher Kendra Yamamoto won’t tackle if it means children get the best start they can before entering kindergarten."

  • Get the latest VPS News

Exploring new technology to support students | Español | Русский | Chuukese

Fruit Valley Community Learning Center, Washington Elementary, McLoughlin and Discovery middle schools and Vancouver iTech Preparatory will pilot new software.

Design II, Chapter 2

Download the district’s strategic plan for 2014-2020
Strategic Plan 2014-2020

Design II Goal Area
Progress Reports

Browse through our strategic plan interactive timeline.