Journey 2020: A Strategic Plan to College, Career and Citizen-Readiness

Journey 2020: A Strategic Plan to College, Career and Citizen-Readiness

Each day in Newport News Public Schools the focus is on one mission: ensuring that all students graduate college, career and citizen-ready.

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Digital Transformation

Strategic Goals

Equitable Approach: Identify and outline equitable practices that close achievement gaps and increase access to rigorous learning experiences.

Strategic Supports:

  • Ensure a rigorous curriculum is designed to personalize learning using a variety of research-based instructional strategies (experiential, problem-based, inquiry, project-based, service learning).
  • Implement a PK-12 literacy plan.
  • Provide multiple opportunities for students to develop and grow through extracurricular activities.
  • Support all educators with aligning written-taught-tested curriculum.
  • Inform instructional decisions using data that support student success through a tiered system of support.
  • Explore multiple academic and career pathways to include increased work-based learning experiences, academic career planning and engagement with business and industry partners.

Equitable Approach: Ensure all students and staff have access to programs and supports to meet their individual needs.

Strategic Supports:

  • Foster self-awareness and resilience to assist in the development of a positive self-image.
  • Embrace the power of failure and instill a growth mindset.
  • Nourish physical, mental and emotional health.
  • Implement curriculum activities that teach social, emotional, and behavioral competencies.
  • Create and maintain a safe and supportive environment that allows students and staff to thrive where all voices are heard in an unbiased manner.
  • Address inequities in student and employee discipline practices.

Equitable Approach: Ensure employee learning promotes culturally responsive practices.

Strategic Supports:

  • Provide intentional, job-embedded professional development using research-based strategies to foster student advancement for all learners.
  • Invest in staff talent and learning to promote a culture of continuous professional growth.
  • Develop and support employees by maintaining an aligned, comprehensive evaluation system that prioritizes feedback and growth.
  • Design professional development, that supports the successful integration of blended learning for personalized instruction.

Equitable Approach: Create opportunities that challenge traditional norms and ensure access to a diverse group of professionals in non-traditional roles.

Strategic Supports:

  • Increase the number of collaborative relationships with stakeholders that foster authentic learning and cultural experiences.
  • Leverage the expertise of partners to create experiential learning opportunities that allow for enhanced career exploration.
  • Expand and streamline communication tools to engage schools, families, students, and the community.
  • Promote a one-city mindset through civic and social engagement to prosper as a premier community.

Equitable Approach: Ensure the equitable distribution of all resources.

Strategic Supports:

  • Implement inclusive budgetary practices that include input and feedback from all stakeholders.
  • Recruit, retain and reward employees who are highly effective.
  • Develop a comprehensive approach to staff retention that includes differentiated pathways for advancement based on goals and interests.
  • Create and implement a plan for 1:1 technology for students.
  • Establish processes and procedures for all hiring managers to recruit, hire and promote a diverse workforce that mirrors our student population.

Profile of a Learner

As students in NNPS, we embody our Profile of a Learner and the Virginia Profile of a Graduate (Critical Thinking, Creative Thinking, Collaboration, Communication and Citizenship).

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NNPS Portrait of a Learner

As LEADERS, we are:

  • Confident in our actions and abilities.
  • Coachable and understanding of how to work with other leaders.
  • Team Builders through collaboration.
  • Champions of Change.
  • Respectful to ourselves, others and the environment.
  • Influential members of our community and empower others to champion a cause.


  • Committed to making choices that lead to life-long success.
  • Confident in our intellectual, physical and emotional well-being.
  • Resourceful in seeking and accepting support.
  • Empathetic to others.
  • Focused on honesty, integrity, trust and transparency.

As ACADEMICALLY-PREPARED learners, we are:

  • Literate across all areas.
  • Appliers of our Knowledge.
  • Workforce-Minded with a focus on being college and career ready.
  • Accountable for our own success.
  • Intrinsically Motivated.
  • Digitally Confident.

As RESILIENT learners, we are:

  • Responsive to challenges and use them as opportunities to learn and grow.
  • Self-Directed and take initiative.
  • Persistently learning from failure.
  • Adaptive to various environments.

As INNOVATORS, we are:

  • Deliberate in our process to solve problems.
  • Curious.
  • Entrepreneurial.
  • Problem-Finders through research and experiential learning.
  • Divergent Thinkers who harness the power of technology.

As EQUITY-MINDED learners, we are:

  • Inclusive and welcoming to others.
  • Ethically-Minded, equity and fair-minded.
  • Culturally Aware and embrace differences.
  • Responsive to global perspectives for making informed decisions.
  • Advocates for equity.

As REFLECTIVE learners, we are:

  • Receptive to feedback for growth.
  • Self-Aware.
  • Goal-Oriented.
  • Developers of our own future.