“"Cheshire Puss,...Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?" "That depends a good deal on where you want to get to," said the Cat. "I don't much care where--" said Alice. "Then it doesn't matter which way you go," said the Cat. "--so long as I get SOMEWHERE," Alice added as an explanation. "Oh, you're sure to do that," said the Cat, "if you only walk long enough."”

1. Consider new educational paradigms, trends and influences on teaching and learning in the 21st Century.
Refer to resources such as:

Top Ten Things to Learn - Stephen Downes

2. Align your own school beliefs with these influences.
Create opportunities for all staff to recognise local and global influences. Share resources, ask for responses, collate in web 2.0 tools such as:

3. Clarify your School's Vision for Learning:

4. Map where you are currently at:

5. Imagine where you will want to be:
  • Dream the dream in terms of long-term goals. Write broad statements of what you desire.

6. Start constructing the plan:

  • Use a Strategic Planning Template to create your own school strategic plan.
  • To help keep this process truly collaborative, upload to Google Docs. View example HERE.

7. Bridge the gap:
  • Create tangible goals based on your school's vision. For example, if you want to promote 21st Literacies such as multiple literacies, one focus may be to help develop articulate, clear communicators. This can be worked on in the short-term to address this long-term goal. Or refer to e-learning and literacy progressions ..."Monitor their own reading and self-correct when necessary by applying fix-up strategies, e.g., adjusting reading pace, reading on, or checking other sources of information" where students will be able to "Read while being recorded by a web- camera or easi-speak microphone. www.vocaroo.comand "Students read into the web-camera/microphone and play it back to either: set goals, share with others, as a record of progress. Children, teacher and parent can monitor reading strategies, and fluency and set goals to improve."
  • For more ideas on this process, see Suzie's slideshare slides 37-39
  • Your tangible goals will become part of your annual plan. Out of the annual plan evolves a target.
  • Tangible goals can be written as success indicators or outcomes achieved. EG: See the following from Lorraine's resource.
  • For all tangible goals, form Success Indicators: How will you know if you have succeeded?
  • Identify Key Goals For:
    • ICT infused teaching and learning
    • Increasing teacher capability in the effective use of ICT
    • ICT supported administration and resourcing Improved
    • ICT infrastructure / Emerging Technologies
    • Community / Parent Partnerships
  • Identify ways to keep your learning communities informed, upskilled with new thinking and new ways of working. Clarify professional learning and professional development opportunities to meet these needs.

8. Align resource management and funds to help make this happen:
  • The goal is to create a 21st Century classroom for the 21st century learners.
  • Address $$$$ funds over a 3-5 year period for purchasing, maintenance or hardware, software, networks. Ideas for future proofing can be found @ Infrastructure into Tomorrow wiki
  • Be mindful of current issues in terms of the connected classroom in the 21t century. Be aware of Netsafe measures to ensure learners are safe on web. Also See Suzie's presentation on the confident, connected learner @
  • Ensure that any money spent on hardware/software and infrastructure is also spent on mindware or professional learning for on-going teacher development - at the organisational, leadership, management, teaching levels.

9. Create action plans to bring to fruition:
Creating an action plan is a different process to long term strategic planning*. Action plans are an integral part of the strategic planning process and provide more immediate plans for action that guide:
  • What is happening?
  • When is it happening?
  • Who is doing it? What roles/responsibilities do they have?
  • Where is it happening?
  • Why is it happening? (what are the drivers?)
  • How is it happening?

Action plan example can be accessed Here or
Expected Outcome
Actual Outcome

9. Instill review processes:
  • Regular, on-going review processes will need to be undertaken by stakeholders to keep this documentation alive.
  • See Suzie's slideshare slides 51-53

Ideas to consider from Lorraines Wathorn's wiki:**

  • Plan for Cybersafety - Awareness, Policies, Processes, Expectations
  • Involve others - A Plan Is Only As Good As Those Who Own It!!!
  • Communicate clearly, Keep everyone informed.
  • Transparent processes. Group ownership
  • Don't "do it to them"! Facilitate involvement. Ask for input and feedback.
  • Look ahead!
  • Plan PD based on evidence and need & Vision for Learning