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Strategic Plan

Last Updated: 12/20/2022 7:18 PM

Brooklyn 2030 Strategic Plan

Phase One – Portrait of a Hurricane – 2020 to 21 SY

Beginning in December of 2020, the Brooklyn City Schools launched a strategic planning and development initiative dedicated to creating a “Portrait of a Graduate” document that summarizes the key skills and characteristics (competencies) all students will possess when they graduate from the Brooklyn City Schools. Participants included Superintendent & CEO Dr. Theodore Caleris, Board Member Rob Slattery, district and building administrators, teachers and staff, and parents. The first step involved a group discussion to identify core competencies the district should integrate at all levels. This was then followed by the formation of various subgroups to discuss each specific skill. Once finalized, the list of competencies was visually organized into a Portrait of a Graduate document and approved by the Brooklyn Board of Education in May of 2021. The Portrait of a Graduate is posted throughout the entire district campus and serves as a daily reminder to students, teachers, and staff of the competencies to be emphasized within instruction and ultimately, in every graduate of the Brooklyn City Schools.

Core Competencies

1.     Cultural Acceptance and Citizenship

2.     Care and Self Awareness

3.     Connection to Community

4.     Communication

5.     Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

6.     Creativity and Innovation


BCS Portrait of a Hurricane


Phase Two – Brooklyn 2030 – 2021 to 22 SY

In the fall of 2021, the Brooklyn City Schools launched an important second phase of the strategic planning process led by a committee composed of members representing all district stakeholders, including administrators, teachers, classified staff, representation from the Board of Education, parents, and community members. Over the course of five monthly meetings, the Strategic Planning Committee collaborated to create an action-oriented plan, Brooklyn 2030, that addresses pertinent learning challenges and creates a pathway to ensure student achievement and growth over the remainder of the decade.


Brooklyn City Schools will be the model of educational excellence and community connectivity through practical, diverse, and innovative approaches to learning.


To educate, inspire and foster pride, unity, and respect.


·       Respect – The Brooklyn City Schools will encourage a school environment where everyone’s respective talents, skills and capabilities are affirmed and mutually accepted.

·       Character – The Brooklyn City Schools will promote among its student body and staff an attitude of doing the right thing at the right time in how we behave, think, speak and interact with one another.

·       Excellence – The Brooklyn City Schools will rigorously pursue the highest standards of quality in academic, co-curricular, social and emotional, and interpersonal endeavors, striving to be the very best we can.

·       Integrity – The Brooklyn City Schools will demonstrate trust with the community and display a consistent and uncompromising adherence to strong moral and ethical principles and values.

·       Diversity – The Brooklyn City Schools values diversity, equity and inclusion and will be accepting of all, regardless of race, gender, orientation, ethnicity or background.

·       Accountability – The Brooklyn City Schools will promote personal responsibility and fulfilling one another’s obligations with the highest standards of quality and excellence.


Brooklyn 2030 Vision, Mission, and Core Values



The five specific goals and related action steps will be the primary areas of focus for the Brooklyn City Schools through the year 2030.

·       Academic Achievement and Growth – The Brooklyn City Schools will improve student academic achievement and growth over the next five years through the delivery of data-driven instruction and maintaining an open line of communication with students, parents, and staff.

·       Social and Emotional Wellness – The Brooklyn City Schools will effectively promote awareness regarding mental health and wellness through proactive instructional and clinical programming.

·       Community Engagement and Communication – The Brooklyn City Schools will increase two-way communication and develop school and community-based activities so that stakeholders, including the community-at-large, can engage and collaborate throughout the school year.

·       Career and College Readiness – The Brooklyn City Schools will develop college and career readiness skills focused on preparing all students for post-secondary success through purposeful instructional programming.

·       Finance and District Operations – The Brooklyn City Schools will continue to enhance school district infrastructure and operations through an ongoing evaluation of district finances, and also engage the community (internal and external stakeholders) to increase awareness of district finances.

Brooklyn 2030 Five Pillars