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STRATEGIC PLANNING IS A PRIORITY

The Plan

Last spring, the Dr. James H. Porter Center for Science & Mathematics  was awarded a $32,800 grant from the Cleveland Foundation to embark on an intensive Strategic/Business Planning process. We contracted with Dr. Stephen V. Barone’s Transformation Systems, Ltd. (TSL) to have one of his staff, Matt Guerriere, provide us executive coaching on our project. Locally, we contracted with the team of Dr. Paul Kapostasy and Dr. George Tarbuck to help us with the implementation.

Some of the key objectives included:

  • Develop a strong and intentional Porter Center mission, goals, and objectives
  • Ensure support for those schools most in need academically and financially
  • Develop an equitable and cost-effective charging plan for all participating
    districts
  • Expand the business/education advisory concept
  • Consider new revenue-generating products and services (e.g., science/math
    summer camp, professional development services for teachers, etc.)
  • Present a short & long term sustainability plan to the Lake County ESC Board
    of Education.


Step one of the Strategic Planning process was to pull together a Core Team to work on our vision, mission and goals. Thirty one dedicated community supporters of the Porter Science Center met in two separate sessions, bringing with them a wealth of expertise in the fields of science, math, and education.  Together they pooled their collective wisdom to begin designing a new and updated Strategic Plan for the future of this nationally unique educational model. Before the team broke for their summer break, a Draft Strategic Plan had been created.  The Plan included a Mission, Core Beliefs, five Strategic Objectives and five Strategies aligned to the objectives.

In August 2005, Action Planning Teams were put together for each one of the five Strategic Objectives. To ensure consistency of purpose, each team includes at least one member of the Core Planning Team. Action Planning Team Leaders met in September to receive training on the development of Action Plans.  The teams will meet several times this fall and winter to develop the Action Plans which typically includes deciding who is going to do what... and by when... and in what order... for the organization to reach its strategic goals. In January, 2006 the teams will present  completed written plans of action to the Core Planning Team.

 
 
 

Dr. James H. Porter Center for Science and Mathematics
Strategic Plan

DRAFT ***
                Mission   

To instill in our community of learners the ability to appreciate, discover and apply scientific and mathematic concepts.


Core Beliefs  

We believe, to effectively learn science and mathematics…   

  • students learn when actively engaged in hands-on activities

  • a safe and nurturing environment enhances learning and promotes dignity and mutual respect.

  • education is the joint responsibility of school, students, family, and the community.

  • real-life applications stimulate the students’ natural curiosity.  

  • learning is enhanced by skilled, enthusiastic, and dedicated professionals.  

  • each student should be challenged with high expectations.

  • each person can learn and deserves the opportunity to reach her/his potential.  

  • learning should be fun, exciting, and meaningful.

and that 

  • the application of science and math contributes to the quality of life and the economic growth and vitality of the community.

Strategic Objectives

 By 2011…

  1. We will achieve a stable level of funding to fulfill the Porter Center’s mission.

  2. All participating students will increase their interest, knowledge, and application of science and math concepts.

  3. We will provide a variety of professional development programs for all educators to gain the knowledge and skills to effectively accomplish the Porter Center’s mission.

  4. There will be an increased awareness, understanding, and support of the unique learning opportunities available at the Porter Center. 

  5. All programs will be assessed to determine their impact on the Porter Center’s learning communities, the results shared, and modifications implemented.


Strategies

 We will… 

1) Design and implement a financial plan (including both revenue/development and expenditures).   

2) Develop and Implement science and math programs that are focused on elementary education that are meaningful and meet or exceed state benchmarks and indicators. 

3) Provide a variety of professional development programs for all educators (including parents/guardians) to gain the knowledge and skills to effectively accomplish the strategic objectives. 

4) Develop and implement a communication and marketing plan. 

5) Develop a comprehensive system to assess the student programs, professional development, communication, financial support, and accomplishments of the strategic plan.

Strategic Planning Core Team 
Dr. James H. Porter Center for Science and Mathematics

Suzanne Allen Geauga County ESC Blake Andres Great Lakes Science Center
Don Anthan Lakeland Community College Robert Benz Lake Erie College
Jean Brush Lake County Bd. Of Education   Strategic Planning Administrator
Yvonne Delgado Porter Science Center Ed Dombroski Lake County ESC
Don Gentile Lindsay Elementary Sharon Graper The Holden Arboretum
John Grund Painesville City Schools Suzanne Gucciardo Auburn Career Center
Chris Hanahan Strategic Planning Administr. Paul Kapostasy Strategic Planning Consultant
Marilyn Kent Lake County Bd. Of Education Kelly Krause Porter Science Center
Terry Krivak SMART Consortium Judi McIntyre Painesville Twp. Schools
Linda Williams Lake County ESC David Noble Lake Metroparks
Ray Patacca Lake Farm Park James Porter Lake County ESC (Retired)
Kurt Ragle Kirtland Elementary Phil Roskos Lakeland Community College
Robert Smith Wickliffe City Schools Paul Spector The Holden Arboretum
George Tarbuck Strategic Planning Consultant Karen Lanning LCESC Director of Curriculum
Judy Zaczkowski  Mentor Schools Claire Zurbuch Lake County ESC, Consultant

Strategic Plan Action Planning Teams
Dr. James H. Porter Center for Science and Mathematics

Strategy 1 Team - Finance
Design and implement a financial plan (including both revenue/development and expenditures)   
  • Yvonne Delgado – Director, Porter Science and Math Center - co-chair
  • Brenda Brcak -  LCESC Treasurer – co-chair
  • Alanna Thorsell - Cardinal teacher
  • Jennifer Holub - Lubrizol
  • Pat Betteley - Porter Center teacher
  • Doug Sedivy - Avery Dennison

Strategy 2 Team - Curriculum
Develop and Implement science and math programs that are focused on elementary education that are meaningful and meet or exceed state benchmarks and indicators. 

  • Ed Dombroski – LCESC, Director School Improvement - co-chair

  • Judi McIntyre – Painesville Township Science Coordinator - co-chair

  • John Butala - Chardon Elem. teacher

  • Kelly Krause - Porter Center teacher 

  • Anna Marie Fisher -  Painesville Township teacher,

  • Ray Patacca - Lake FarmPark

Strategy 3 Team - Professional Development
Provide a variety of professional development programs for all educators (including parents/guardians) to gain the knowledge and skills to effectively accomplish the strategic objectives.   

  • Michael Bloom – LCESC Director, Instructional Technology - chair

  • Karen Lanning – LCESC Director of Curriculum

  • Lisa Booher - Porter Center teacher

  • Breda Loncar -Willoughby-Eastlake -Director of Curriculum and Instruction

  • Jeff Butler - Auburn CC Technology

  • Rich Benz - Wickliffe teacher

  • Sharon Graper - Holden Aboretum

Strategy 4 Team - Communications/ Marketing
Develop and implement a communication and marketing plan.

  • Chris Hanahan – LCESC Coordinator, PR and Communications co-chair

  • Lisa Miller – Auburn Career Center-Director, Public Relations co-chair

  • Robbie Ajdinovich - Porter Center teacher 

  • Ellen Ondrey - Chardon Schools, Director of Public Relations

  • Paulette Howell, Auburn Career Center

Strategy 5 Team - Assessment 
Develop a comprehensive system to assess the student programs, professional development, communication, financial support, and accomplishments of the strategic plan.

  • Jim Turk -  LGCA Director - co-chair

  • Sam Spinelli - LCESC Director, School Improvement - co- Chair

  • Suzanne Allen - GCESC

  • Carolyn Rice - Porter Center teacher 

  • Harry Siskind - Kirtland Middle School Principal