Students of leadership are smart to study strategic planning. Its disciplinary identity is rooted in business management and psychology, two disciplines that leaders must understand if they are to successfully lead a strategic planning process. As education leadership has gradually grown more nuanced, it has become clear to me as a member of the education leadership faculty at CSU, Fullerton and a Superintendent of Schools, that highly skilled leaders capable of leading change are in short supply and high demand. If you want to test my theory, take a close look at your school district's or organization's strategic plan. Is it communicating a powerful message with well defined expectations about direction, priorities, and adult behaviors? Is it driving spending and connecting it to the organization's mission? If it's not, then it's a typical strategic plan that likely is gathering more dust than disciples. It also is likely to have been created for the sake of having a plan, developed without deeply understanding the organization's culture or focusing on results. It's probably not systematically measurable either. Strategic planning is an exploration of leadership. The entire process from start to finish, from development to implementation, is a cross-disciplinary journey that exemplifies the vibrancy of leadership. It's a living document that not only shapes behavior, it changes it. Learn more from a series of essays on the topic here. Contact me when your organizational culture is not functioning as a competitive advantage. Strategic planning may be exactly what you need.
Blanca E. Rubio
Assemblymember, 48th District
Accountability, Support & Monitoring
"In all of my dealings with Allan, he has approached our issue in the spirit of cooperation and has always found a way to bring a smile and levelheadedness in order to achieve a positive outcome. I've always been impressed with how Allan approaches a problem and thoughtfully comes up with a solution benefiting each party. Finally, Allan's ability to convey a message publicly is second to none, Over the course of many presentations to my City Council, I've always received feedback that he was thorough, informative, and concise when presenting his topic."
City of Duarte
"All of a sudden we had a person who gave us hope. We have never had anybody like this. I’ve been here since 1988, we’ve never had anybody this good."
Jack Foreman, President
Centinela Valley Secondary Teachers Association
"Since the beginning of our collaboration I've known Dr. Mucerino as an energetic educator, goal oriented, innovative, and a motivator. He knows how to rally the troops because he is passionate about education and definitely works for the best interest of our children. Allan has led a major reworking of our District's strategic educational vision and has been implementing based on the LCAP. His efforts have significantly increased involvement from both classified and certificated in order to increase students achievement and forge a strong bond with the community at large."
Cesar Perez, President, Centinela CSEA Chapter 47
“Dr. Mucerino has separated himself from all of the Superintendents who have come before him in my 27 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 the representative for California's 48th District Assembly District, I support all of the school districts in the 48th District. As a former teacher and former school board member, I closely follow the work that each of my school districts are engaging in with great interest and pride. I am particularly proud of the work being conducted in the Duarte Unified School District, under the leadership of their superintendent, Dr. Allan Mucerino."
Assembly Member Blanca E. Rubio
"It was an exciting experience to interact with Dr. Mucerino as he worked diligently not only to meet the letter and intent of the new legislation, but to develop a visionary district reform plan with the potential of creating change and leading to improved services and outcomes for all students. The efforts he put into providing detail and clarity to CV's LCAP led to a truly actionable document that provided a road map for districtwide improvement."
"In addition to his recognized on-campus abilities, Dr. Mucerino demonstrated an extraordinary capacity for dealing with the public, the business community, City Council members, etc. This talent is essential to success for anyone serving as a district superintendent. I highly recommend Dr. Mucerino to any board seeking an exceptional individual as their Superintendent of Schools."
Ginny Fay Aitkens, Vice President
Saddleback Valley USD Board of Education
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