Great organizations all have something in common – they know where they are going and have a clear roadmap to ensure that they get there. That is why the Board of Directors of Torah Day School of Ottawa has been dedicating significant efforts to building the school’s first-ever strategic plan. The plan lays out a vision of the future, outlining our key long-term goals, the indicators to track progress towards those goals, and the priorities the Board and administration will implement in the next two-to-three years.
Over the past six months, the Board has worked to establish a framework for our strategic plan that centres on the three key pillars that define Torah Day: academic excellence, Torah values and school community. Together, these three pillars set Torah Day apart and define the value proposition of our school. Torah Day provides children with high-quality general studies and Judaic education, a deep and lasting grounding in Torah values and the support of a close-knit and dedicated community of families who are engaged in the school and its activities.
The Board recognizes that we cannot deliver on our value proposition without foundational supports. That is why the strategic plan includes four cornerstones: faculty and administration, facility, finance and governance. By investing in excellent teaching and administrative staff, having a facility that meets academic and extracurricular needs, building strong Board governance, and stabilizing finances, we have the necessary ingredients to bring our value proposition to life.
The Board recently completed a parent consultation on the goals of the strategic plan. Parents engaged constructively in debate and discussion, providing valuable feedback to the Board. The results of the consultation will be used to refine the plan before finalizing it later this spring.
The strategic plan is among Torah Day’s “year one” priorities for our unified school. We are pleased to have seamlessly completed the integration of staff and students, installed new and experienced leadership by way of our principal and vice-principal, and implemented curriculum enhancements like enriched French, a resource program and music education. The Board’s focus for the remainder of the school year is to complete its “year one” priority tasks. These include establishing clear curriculum benchmarks, instituting enhanced methods to measure student achievement, increasing mentorship opportunities for faculty and augmenting communication between the Board and our parent body.
Great organizations also have another thing in common – they never stop striving for improvement and they never settle for anything less than excellence. These are the guideposts for the Board and administration of Torah Day. Like every institution, we face challenges and the occasional detour before getting on course again. Nevertheless, we are committed to the journey, and to our vision of making Torah Day the preferred destination for those who, like us, value a high-quality education and an unwavering commitment to helping our children acquire both the tools needed to lead a Torah life and the skills needed for life long success.
As we finalize the plan this spring, stay tuned to find out more about what Torah Day has to offer.