The Strategic Plan Phase 2 Update

Did you know? The Vancouver School Board is now updating its Strategic Plan, as part of its ongoing efforts to meet the needs of our unique district and ensure student achievement and well-being.

From January through March 2016, over 1000 people (students, stakeholders and public) participated in Phase 1 titled “Exploring the Issues”, the process to update our strategic plan.  We have now completed a Phase 1 Engagement Report, sharing the process and findings so far.

Phase 2, titled “Setting Direction, Making Choices”, is now underway, and will create the core content of the new plan.

Four “key themes” have been drafted, along with a set of “directional statements” to ensure action on each, but these are for your discussion and comment until May 6th.

There are three ways to provide input:


Download and complete a small-group discussion guide, working with some of your friends and colleagues to provide detailed feedback on the two themes you think are most important. Take notes by hand or in the PDF itself, and turn in the completed discussion guide by May 6th.

Download the pdf »

(please ensure to right click and save the document. You can open the document in a pdf reader program)


Online from April 11 to May 1st, this short survey covers the same draft content (“key themes and directional statements”) as the guides offered above, but does not go into deep discussion.

Take the survey »

(English, Chinese Simplified and Traditional available)


We are hosting a discussion-based workshop at Templeton Secondary School on April 21st from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. Small-group discussions on the same “key themes and directional statements” will start promptly at 7:15. Don’t be late!

Templeton Secondary School
727 Templeton Dr.
Vancouver, BC V5L 4N8
See map: Google Maps

April 21, 7:00 to 8:30 pm

Workshop Agenda »


Get involved - Help shape the updated strategic plan!

To learn more about this project, please watch this short, fun and informative video:



Phase 1 Update

Given that needs continue to grow, but resources are not unlimited, we need your ideas on how best to move ahead.

Over the next six months, the VSB2021 process will offer many opportunities for people to learn more, attend events, and provide input. Diverse voices and perspectives will be gathered to ensure the plan represents a wide range of interests.  

  • Phase 1 begins with a fun and interactive Ideas Fair and questionnaire. Join us as we explore early ideas, issues and priorities for the new Strategic Plan.
  • Phase 2 dives deeper into specific topics to “set direction” and make some key choices about how to move ahead. Take part in a focus group discussion, online survey, complete an interactive workbook or attend an event.
  • In Phase 3, you will be able to review and comment on the draft plan before it is finalized as a lasting guide for the Vancouver School Board.

School Board staff will lead the development of the new plan with support from Modus Planning, Design & Engagement Inc., a local firm specializing in engagement-based planning.  The project team will work closely with teachers, staff, administrators, students, parents and community members to create a bold new vision and action-oriented plan. A Stakeholder Advisory Group with representatives from a broad range of stakeholders has also been formed to guide the process and ensure broad participation.