ISPD has worked with a number of dioceses in facilitating a Strategic Growth Plan for all Catholic schools in a diocese. Recently completed in the Diocese of Charleston, SC, the Diocesan Strategic Growth Plan is built around the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools.

Mission and Catholic Identity, Governance and Leadership, Academic Excellence, and Operational Vitality are the four main Planning Areas that are used to create the Strategic Growth Plan for all Catholic schools in a diocese.

The process begins with the formation of a representative Steering Committee and the gathering of quantitative and qualitative data. The next step is to form individual Core Teams for each Planning Area with members coming from representative schools and parishes throughout the diocese. Strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats are identified in all four Planning Areas; Challenges are formed based upon the data and the discussions, and Strategic Solutions are created for each Challenge in each Planning Area. The process culminates with a diocesan-wide Congress. Shortly thereafter the Final Plan is written and submitted to the Bishop, the superintendent, and diocesan leaders for approval, and the implementation immediately begins.

Beginning with the Bishop, the Superintendent, Associate Superintendents, and involving the principals, the pastors, the Steering Committee, the Core Teams, and the Congress, this ISPD-led process involves hundreds of people in building a unified and collaborative Strategic Growth Plan for the future of Catholic education.