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Strategic Plan

Hayes students participate in a strategic planning focus group

Hayes and Stevenson students answered questions like: "What are you excited about for your future?" and "How could your school help you feel more prepared?"

Fall 2023 Community Survey

Fridley Public Schools has contracted with the Morris Leatherman Company to conduct a survey of eligible voters within Fridley Public Schools attendance area beginning November 2023. The survey will provide Fridley Public Schools with valuable information as we continue our work with strategic planning as well as with future fiscal planning. If you are contacted by Morris Leatherman, we would very much appreciate your participation in the voluntary survey.

Engaging the community

In September and October 2022, we held a series of focus group sessions to gather input from our community. We engaged a broad community of stakeholders, including:

  • Students of all ages
  • Staff at all levels
  • Parents/guardians and families
  • Fridley community members  

We held a combination of in-person and virtual engagements to solicit insight from our community, which allowed participants to share their thoughts at times and in ways that were most convenient for them. We intentionally included student voices in the process in order to create a strategic plan that represents the true mission and vision of the school system.

Find details about the process and a summary of community feedback in the Strategic Planning Fall 2022 Engagement Report presented to the Fridley School Board in December 2022.

our goal

We aim for Fridley to be "The best place to learn and the best place to work.” Over the last three years, we have had strategic priorities working towards this goal. As we come out of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have the opportunity to revisit our strategic direction and priorities.

Core planning team and draft strategic focus areas

In February 2023, we convened a committee composed of key Fridley constituencies, including current students and graduates, parents, teachers, administrators and community members. Over the course of a two-day workshop, this core planning team examined the results of our community engagement and participated in a series of activities focused on reviewing current data, identifying a practical vision for the district’s future, and investigating barriers that could impede attainment of that vision.

The team identified three strategic focus areas to help achieve the vision:

1. Co-create an environment where each and every individual thrives.

By dismantling traditional education practices that harm students and co-creating environments where all learners thrive, we will:

  • Increase enrollment.
  • Increase academic growth.
  • Increase engagement, joy and a love of learning.

2. Ignite innovative learning together as a community.

In order to create a more relevant and engaging learning environment and to allow the community to connect with us, we will:

  • Communicate in ways that the community needs.
  • Explore and expand learning options for all students.
  • Enhance our social-emotional curriculum and supports districtwide.
  • Engage all parents as partners in their child's education.

3. Elevate inclusion, intersectionality and identity into everything we do.

To ensure that all people in Fridley Public Schools are heard, valued and allowed to be their authentic selves, we will:

  • Continue to amplify student voice and choice.
  • Create educational pathways to develop the next generation of FPS educators and leaders.
  • Develop and define intersectionality to better understand diverse perspectives.
  • Honor each individual's identity and their unique talents and contributions.

Review a summary of the core planning team's draft strategic focus areas.

Finalizing the Plan

Stay tuned to this webpage for details on our next steps. This will be a community-developed plan designed to meet the unique needs, hopes and dreams of our Fridley community. 

Thank you for being a part of this important process! If you have questions, contact