Strategic Plan

HKIS’s Strategic Plan sets the priorities and identifies the strategies to best meet the educational needs of our students and successfully fulfill the school’s Mission and Vision.

Our current strategic plan was developed in concert with our Focus on Learning process for accreditation with the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and with the active participation of over 300 members of the HKIS community.

The purpose of this page is to celebrate our accomplishments and share next steps towards advancing our vision of “inspiring a socially engaged community of collaborative, creative and resilient learners”. The Strategic Plan comprises five areas of focus: Building Understanding, Awareness and Support; Strengthening Organisational Culture; Refining Curriculum and Assessment; Designing Systems for Success; and Leveraging Resources and Strategic Alliances.

Accomplishments

Key Accomplishments

  1. In order to promote a learning environment in which creativity, collaboration and resilience are fostered, we have created criteria to guide our teaching and activities schoolwide.
  2. Parent and employee perception data was collected and analyzed to identify areas of satisfaction and areas for improvement.
  3. To foster greater alignment across the four divisions, we have reviewed and/or updated curriculum standards in all subjects, and articulated the knowledge and skills addressed at each grade.
  1. Based on current research, and in alignment with the HKIS assessment philosophy, the High School has articulated a plan to incorporate changes in assessment and grading practices.
  2. We successfully integrated the Lower Primary within the Middle School and Upper Primary communities.
  3. To more effectively maintain the HKIS alumni community, we fostered the development of alumni chapters in the US and Canada and continued to update the alumni database.

Building Understanding

By building understanding, awareness and support, we ensure that our community understands and engages with the HKIS Strategic Plan, Mission, Vision, and Student Learning Results (SLRs).

Accomplishments
  1. In order to promote a learning environment in which creativity, collaboration and resilience are fostered, we have created criteria to guide our teaching and activities schoolwide.
  2. From the first day of the school year, faculty have been engaged in activities designed to build understanding of our three strategic objectives - collaboration, creativity and resilience.
  3. The strategic objectives were highlighted at all teacher and parent orientation activities and back to school nights.
  4. As part of its work, the R1-12 Religious Education Review Committee has engaged in rich conversations about the relationship between spirituality and “being grounded in the Christian faith”. Based on new standards developed through this review process, the committee will now make revisions to the curriculum.
  5. To promote and celebrate our community, the communications team is recording and sharing stories related to the Strategic Plan with internal and external audiences.
  6. To educate the community about our accomplishments from the last strategic plan, and our direction for the next five years, we distributed the booklet Strategic Plan 2013-2018: Inspiring Learners for Life online and in print.
  7. To strengthen our school identify, we have incorporated the SLR icons, vision and strategic objectives into the HKIS website and publications.
Next steps
    • To build shared understanding, we will continue to foster school-wide dialogue about our Mission, with a particular focus on spirituality and “being grounded in the Christian faith”.
    • To proactively and strategically communicate the HKIS story to the HKIS and broader community, we will develop a communications master plan.
    • We will increase parent understanding of Mission, Vision, SLRs, curricular standards and programs through publications, presentations and community events.

Culture

By strengthening organizational culture, we ensure that:

  • The HKIS community has clearly defined roles, scope of authority and accountability for all stakeholders in the achievement of the SLRs and strategic objectives.
  • HKIS stakeholders contribute to a culture of trust, collaboration and celebration.
Accomplishments
  1. To gather information about HKIS’s work culture and climate, the Great Place to Work consultancy firm administered a culture survey in March 2014, and conducted focus groups in October 2014. Results were shared with faculty and discussed by HKIS Schoolwide Leaders.
  2. To gather parent perceptions of our learning programs and environment, we administered a National Association of Independent Schools' Parent Satisfaction survey in January 2015. Results were discussed by HKIS Schoolwide Leaders and shared with parents on DragonNet and at a HOS Parent Coffee.
  3. The High School has articulated an academic integrity policy with input from students, parents, teachers and administrators. This policy will come into effect in the 2015-16 academic year.
Next steps
  • In order to measure growth, we have contracted Great Place to Work to administer a second employee culture survey in October 2015.
  • In response to parent feedback, we will offer more opportunities for dialogue and information-sharing about curriculum and learning at HKIS.
  • In light of the revised HS policy for Academic Integrity, all divisions will review the ways in which they promote academic honesty and the ethical use of information.
  • In order to ensure that we are focused on the right priorities and are making best use of our resources, we will continue to review and refine leadership and organizational structures

Curriculum

By refining curriculum and assessment, we ensure that the:

  • HKIS curriculum and programs promote creativity, resilience and collaboration; and
  • HKIS curriculum and review practices incorporate and systematically consider R-12 alignment and progress towards the achievement of the strategic plan.
Accomplishments
  1. To foster greater alignment across the four divisions, we have reviewed and/or updated curriculum standards in all subjects, and articulated the knowledge and skills addressed at each grade.
  2. We migrated all curriculum units and resources from MyDragonNet to Rubicon Atlas, our new online curriculum housing system.
  3. We have continued to use the Understanding by Design (UbD) framework for curriculum unit development. We have added “possible student misconceptions” and “key academic vocabulary” to the unit plans in order to more intentionally guide teaching and learning.
  4. We revised philosophies for R1-12 curriculum in Language Arts, Religion and Romance Languages; these statements articulate HKIS’s beliefs and principles for each of these subjects.
  5. We refined R1-12 processes for curriculum review and revision.
  6. In order to foster creativity and design thinking, new Middle and High School courses in technology have been developed and include: Robotics, Programming, Design Technology and Game Design.
  7. We have continued to offer high quality professional development opportunities including: Dr. Ron Ritchhart from Harvard’s Project Zero; literacy specialists Ellin Keene, Kathy Collins and Carl Anderson; math expert Dr. Sandy Atkins; leaders in Chinese pedagogy Dr. Terry Waltz and Cynthia Ning; and technology authority Dr. Ruben Puentedura.
  8. To ensure consistency schoolwide, we revised key statements for our co-curricular program, including: our definition and philosophy and created an HKIS Co-Curricular Handbook, to include policies, procedures and practices.
  9. As part of the co-curricular review, we adopted a revised organizational design for the MS Sports and Athletics program and are developing R1-12 athletic pathways based on Canadian Sport for Life's Long-Term Athlete Development framework.
Next steps
  • We will continue to align curriculum units and assessments to agreed standards.
  • We will embed the use of resilience, creativity and collaboration instruments into programs and practices, including guidance/homeroom, assessment and instruction.
  • We will share and celebrate examples of collaboration, creativity and resilience in school communications.
  • We will clarify our fundamental beliefs and principles for all subjects through subject philosophies.
  • In order to build understanding of our curriculum, we will make HKIS subject philosophies and standards available online.

System for Success

By designing systems for success, we ensure that:

  • HKIS uses measurement and accountability systems to track the achievement of the SLRs and strategic objectives; and
  • HKIS prioritizes, revises, discontinues and adopts programs and activities by determining their value in achieving the SLRs and strategic objectives.
Accomplishments
  1. Based on current research, and in alignment with the HKIS assessment philosophy, the High School has articulated a plan to incorporate changes in assessment and grading practices.
  2. We developed criteria to define and describe collaboration, creativity and resilience.
  3. We refined the HKIS faculty appraisal system, in response to the findings of a reliability and validity study, conducted by a research team at the Education Evaluation and Action (EEVALA) center at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
  4. To ensure the alignment of programs with Mission and Vision, and the appropriate use of resources, we drafted a protocol to evaluate new and existing programs.
Next steps
  • We will pilot the protocol to evaluate new and existing programs in relation to resources, and contribution to Mission and Vision.
  • The Board of Managers and Schoolwide Leadership team will implement a new model for the tracking of key performance indicators, for education, enrollment, finance, human resources, facilities and advancement.
  • To ensure consistency across divisions, we will further align reporting practices.
  • To ensure consistency across divisions, we will review and revise Teacher Leader roles and responsibilities.

Resources & Alliances

By leveraging resources and strategic alliances, we ensure that:
  • HKIS uses a schoolwide system for identifying and organizing community, human and physical resources that support achievement of the SLRs and strategic objectives; and
  • HKIS has a network of strategic alliances, in Hong Kong and beyond, that support the SLRs and strategic objectives.
Accomplishments
  1. We successfully integrated the Lower Primary within the Middle School and Upper Primary communities.
  2. To strengthen governance within the Hong Kong Alumni Association, we instituted a new charter and leadership format.
  3. To more effectively maintain the HKIS alumni community, we fostered the development of alumni chapters in the US and Canada and continued to update the alumni database.
  4. To engage alumni from across the world with current high school students and to facilitate discussions about career paths and aspirations, we instituted Career Days.
  5. We increased internship opportunities for High School students and ran recruitment training workshops for prospective interns.
Next steps
  • We will continue to update our alumni database and build effective alumni networks worldwide.
  • We will continue to redevelop the new Lower Primary facility, in line with best practices for early childhood education.
  • We will identify and broaden our network of community resources in Hong Kong and beyond.

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