Mission Statement and Goals
Scope: The Stratford ISD Education Foundation . . .
The Stratford ISD Education Foundation has been created to support the educational programs for both the students and staff of the Stratford Independent School District. The Foundation will provide funds for education programs and activities outside the parameters of the normal operating budget. These funds will be used to facilitate student achievement and skill development, to recognize and encourage staff excellence and to expand community involvement from individuals, businesses and civic organizations.
Stratford ISD Mission Statement
Stratford Independent School District believes that each student can learn and master basic skills in education, regardless of the student’s current academic achievement, socio-economic status, race or gender. Stratford Independent School District is firm in the conviction to provide effective and quality instruction.
Stratford ISD Education Foundation Mission Statement:
The mission of the Stratford ISD Education Foundation is to generate and distribute resources to theStratford Independent School District to enrich, maintain, and expand programs needed to meet the District's stated mission of excellence in education.
The Foundation will achieve its mission by directing resources toward these goals:
· Encourage all students and staff to work to their highest potential
· Support staff for innovative efforts
· Recognize staff for exemplary performance
· Build community awareness for the Stratford ISD Education Foundation
· Inspire parents and community to participate with the school district in enriching education
A Suggested Procedure for Identifying
The following is an outline designed to assist foundation boards in determining what the funding priorities are and what objectives must be accomplished to impact these priorities. Before any efficient strategy for attracting funds can be developed, the: (1) What, (2) Why and (3) How muchmust be clearly stated. Once the what, why and how much are determined, identifying where the funds are and how to access these funds becomes a much easier task.
The purpose of this exercise is to achieve agreement within the foundation as to what the priorities are at this time. It will also provide the Board of Directors with a consistent message to give when asked, "What does the foundation do?" Lastly, it provides a guide when making decisions about grants.
STEP 1: Explore a number of possibilities for potential funding. This "list" can come from a variety of sources such as the following:
List from administrators, staff, and/or the Board of Education
List of perceived needs from the Foundation Board of Directors
Areas of interest of foundation directors and/or school officials
Areas, projects, or programs for which known or expected funding may be available
STEP 2: Discuss and brainstorm this list without limitation.
STEP 3: Divide the list into categories. Combine like or similar items on the list.
STEP 4: Reduce the list into a more concise number of potential priorities--a minimum of three to four; a maximum of seven to ten items. Does each priority meet the following criteria?
Is it fundable?
Does it provide the foundation with image building possibilities?
Is there a potential for controversy?
What is the impact on the school/students?
Is it consistent with Board of Education/Administration policy and philosophy?
Is it short-range or long-range program/project?
STEP 5: Identify broad themes that will cover the specific activities in program areas that were chosen in the above process. An example of a broad theme is--Promote Academic Excellence. (Note: Use dynamic words-- that indicate action and movement)
The broad themes should be expansive enough to cover the primary activities previously selected. The foundation should create three or four broad themes such as:
Encourage excellence through creative teaching and learning
Facilitate student development
Promote excellence in teaching
Build strong self-image in students
Promote the well being of students
Facilitate school/community partnerships
STEP 6: Identify appropriate subgroups according to school and community needs and related to the broad themes as previously defined. An example of subgroups under "Encourage Excellence Through Creative Teaching and Learning" could be:
Support professional growth
Encourage travel and out-of-school experiences
Provide venture capital for creative ideas and programs
STEP 7: List specific objectives under the subgroup headings that are attainable, easy to communicate and have fixed dollar amounts, (or ranges). Examples are as follows:
1. Support professional growth
Provide a $1,000 stipend to a teacher in each building for educational opportunities ($7,000)
2. Provide venture capital for creative ideas and programs
Purchase a computer aided design software for drafting class ($12,000)
Provide mini-grants to teachers ($6,000)
Make sure objectives cover wide areas that will interest a variety of people. Objectives should be long-range, mid-range and short range; high, mid, and low cost and impact as many students as possible.
Leave open the ability to accept restricted gifts and provide latitude for the foundation to respond to concerns outside the funding priority model through discretionary funding.
STEP 8: Assemble a funding priority from the information gathered in Steps 1 through 7. An example would be as follows:
1. Encourage excellence through creative teaching and learning
a. Support professional growth
· Provide a $1,000 stipend to a teacher in each building for educational opportunities ($7,000)
b. Provide venture capital for creative ideas and programs
· Purchase computer aided design software for drafting classes ($12,000)
· Provide mini-grants to teachers ($6.000)
Examples of Priorities Typically Funded
· Innovative Teaching Grants
· Staff Development
· Economic/Special Needs of Students
· Interactive Learning Experiences for Students
· School/Community Partnerships Programs/Projects
· Student/Teacher Recognition Programs
· Author/Artist in Residence Programs
· Permanent Endowment Fund
· Endowed Scholarship Programs