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Strategic Planning

March 16, 10 am  Community Installation 

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NVUSD is developing a community-driven vision and plan. Learn more!


During the 2023-2024 school year, NVUSD is developing a long-term vision and strategic plan for what we want our school district to become by 2036.

Our vision will have four parts:

  • A Graduate Portrait: A clear and ambitious description of what the community wants its students to know, be, and be able to do in order to prepare them to thrive in their lives and careers

  • An Adult Portrait: If we want these things to be true for our graduates, what has to be true for the adults who support them? Adults are defined as anyone working in NVUSD - not just teachers but also other instructional staff and business and operations staff. 

  • A Systems Portrait that will lead to the Graduate Portrait and Adult Portrait

  • A set of Core Values that outlines our beliefs that support all this work

We will also develop a strategic plan. Our Strategic Plan will be a short-term, 3-5 year action plan that sets goals and progress measures, and that identifies interdependencies and the Scope, Sequence, and Syncopation of priorities, roles, and resources.

To create the vision and plan, we are partnering with and working alongside our students, parents, staff, and the greater Napa Valley community. Working with such a large number of individuals and organizations requires a detailed approach. On this page is an overview of the major events that have taken place or are taking place.

Join us as we reimagine the future of NVUSD - for our students!

NVUSD Strategic Visioning and Planning

Coming Up!

March 16, 10 am Community Installation

Join us in the Education Center at 2425 Jefferson St. in Napa as NVUSD celebrates its past and present and looks towards its bright future! The Community Installation is open to the public and will allow our community one more opportunity to provide feedback on the final draft of our NEW Strategic Vision! RSVP is not required but appreciated here.

Spring/Summer 2024 Strategic Visioning and Planning Wrapping-up

See for Yourself: NVUSD Student Summit


Get involved

Email communications@nvusd.org to learn more or to get involved!


Events Held to Date

August/September Needs Finding Surveys

The needs finding survey is an opportunity for our community to provide feedback as we continue to reimagine education within NVUSD. 

September 12 Board Mini SessionThe Board of Trustees will meet the evening prior to the Student Summit to get a strong understanding of what the Summit will be like for the nearly 300 middle and high school students invited to attend. 

September 13 Student Summit

The Student Summit will bring in 30 students from every TK-8, Middle, and High School to imagine what their school experience can look like. Through a series of activities, feedback will be compiled that will help us develop a graduate portrait. The graduate portrait for NVUSD will be based on what the community wants to be true for its students—what do students need to know, be, and be able to do--by the time they graduate. 

October 6 & 7 Guiding Coalition #1The Guiding Coalition is our visioning steering committee, tasked with contributing ideas, perspectives, expertise, and experience that will inform the creation of the district’s long-term vision, through a series of three design sessions. These sessions will include explorations of the future of Napa Valley Unified School District, and the connected needs of NVUSD’s students, schools, and educators. This group will meet over three, 1.5-day meetings in October, December, and February.

October 10-November 11 Community Engagement Sessions and Survey 

October 13 Staff Professional Development Feedback Session

November 1, 6-8 p.m. Open House at Canyon Oaks Elementary School 

Learn more about our ongoing strategic planning process and provide your feedback at one of two Open House events serving Yountville, Napa, American Canyon, and surrounding communities! Join us at Canyon Oaks Elementary School (Multipurpose Room), 475 Silver Oak Trail, American Canyon, CA 94503. Spanish interpretation is available. All are welcome! RSVP requested here but not required.

November 4, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Open House at Unidos Middle SchoolLearn more about our ongoing strategic planning process and provide your feedback at one of two Open House events serving Yountville, Napa, American Canyon, and surrounding communities! Join us at Unidos Middle School, (Multipurpose Room), 1850 Salvador Ave, Napa, CA 94558. Spanish interpretation is available. All are welcome! RSVP requested here but not required.October 23-November 10 Static Display with information and feedback opportunity, Ed Center, 2425 Jefferson Ave. Napa

Upcoming Community Engagement Opportunities

Join us to provide your input on how we can best educate our students now and in the future by attending one of five upcoming meetings. During the meeting, you will provide feedback on what you believe is not working in education and what you hope and want for future NVUSD students. Interpretation is provided. No RSVP is required. 

November 17     I      8:15 am 
Snow Elementary Parent University

November 17     I      8:15 am
Phillips Magnet Family Resource Center

November 27     I      8:15 am
Napa Junction Magnet Elementary

November 30     I      8:15 am
McPherson Elementary Family Resource

December 1    I      8:15 am
Shearer TK-8 School Family Resource Center

Open to all!
Learn more: nvusd.org/strategicplan

December 8 & 9 Guiding Coalition #2

The Guiding Coalition is our visioning steering committee, tasked with contributing ideas, perspectives, expertise, and experience that will inform the creation of the district’s long-term vision, through a series of three design sessions. These sessions will include explorations of the future of Napa Valley Unified School District, and the connected needs of NVUSD’s students, schools, and educators. This group will meet over three, 1.5-day meetings in October, December, and February.

January 10 Community Engagement (Zoom) Session 10 am & 6 pm

Click to join virtually: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/87263026397 

January 10-19 Community Survey - Open to all

Unable to attend an in-person or Zoom session? We want your input on how we can improve education for our students! Provide your feedback by filling out this short survey  (English, Spanish). The survey remains open through January 19.

January 18 or 19 In-Person Community Meetings (5 opportunities)We will ask attendees to provide feedback in person and prioritize the draft elements of the Graduate, Adult and System Portraits. These portraits will set NVUSD's direction and influence our plans over the next decade, so your voice is critical! Final drafts of NVUSD’s vision will be shared during a Community Installation in March 2024, more details coming soon.

January 18       I      8:15 am
McPherson Elementary Family Resource

January 19    I      8:15 am 
Snow Elementary Parent University

January 19       I      8:15 am
Phillips Magnet Family Resource Center

January 19       I      8:15 am
Napa Junction Magnet Elementary

January 19      I      8:15 am
Shearer TK-8 School Family Resource Center

Open to all!
Learn more: nvusd.org/strategicplan

January 8-21 Community Engagement Sessions

During this second series of Community Engagement Sessions, NVUSD will host a variety of sessions for parents, students, staff and other community members. At these events, we will be sharing prototypes of the Graduate Portrait, Adult Portrait and System Portrait and ask the community for feedback. These drafts were created collaboratively by the NVUSD Strategic Vision Guiding Coalition after reviewing thousands of inputs from the community, learning from other initiatives and examples around the world, and researching the needs of people and the workplace in the future. Inputs from the community were collected through a variety of methods, including:

  • Inputs from over 300 students who attended the Student Summit

  • NVUSD parent, teacher, and special education committee meetings

  • Five meetings at NVUSD’s Family Resource Centers

  • Two large-scale Community-wide Open Houses

  • NVUSD staff meetings

  • Our online survey, and more.

February 9 & 10 Guiding Coalition #3