I am an experienced facilitator who has led schools and school districts through the strategic planning process from start to finish as either a Principal, Assistant Superintendent, or Superintendent, providing coaching, support, feedback, and stakeholder and school board progress updates throughout the process. Unlike most strategic planners who are hired by districts as consultants, I have built strategic plans from the inside out. Here is an example of my most recent plan. I recommend all districts build their own plans from within, but I recognize that many districts do not posses the capacity to complete the task. It is districts like these that I am focused on since my goal is to build capacity within school districts to strategically plan. Without a plan districts lack focus.
“Dr. Mucerino has separated himself from all of the Superintendents who have come before him in my 29 years as a member of the School Board. He identified our needs. He worked with the entire Board and all stakeholder groups to develop a plan to meet those needs. Then he operationalized the plan. All of which he did effortlessly and seemingly within the blink of an eye."
Ken Bell, Board President
Duarte Unified School District
As a professor of educational leadership at CSUF, I have taught a doctoral level course in forecasting and strategic planning for many years. My goal to build capacity for strategic planning starts with working closely with district staff to coach key district leaders and school boards throughout the process. This recent plan plan was informed by over 50,000 points of data, including historical data reported in Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP), an ethnography given past and present demographic and enrollment data, and feedback collected by the Claremont Graduate School evaluation team generated from over 4,200 survey responses as well as from 50 focus group sessions with over 500 people representing every stakeholder group internal and external to our district, including all students, parents, and staff as well as community members, city officials, business leaders, and alumni. Even families that chose to either abandon the district at one point or another, or that chose never to attend at all participated in the survey. The plan includes seven strategies that address the needs and interests of students and their families, staff, and other stakeholder groups. Each strategy includes a desired outcome, a series of action items, a timeline, and the most critical element: a cost v. benefit analysis.