Deconstructing Strategic Planning: Time to Retain, Revise, or Retire?

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Strategic planning is a broad topic which references a process, a product, and a paradigm. With historical ties to Frederick Taylor and John Dewey, its range of influence within education has been both widely heralded and deprecated by practitioners and scholars. Purposed to examine its utility, this practitioner-positioned chapter spans strategic planning’s rise to prominence, as well as its arguable resurgence as an accountability tool following No Child Left Behind legislation. The chapter includes a comparison between this rational-structural approach, which has changed minimally over essentially 100 years, and the strategic-systemic method known as professional learning communities, which has been in place in education for the past 30-40 years. Finally, this review concludes by engaging in open-ended conjecture concerning strategic planning’s future role in public education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Palgrave Handbook of Educational Leadership and Management Discourse
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9783030990978
ISBN (Print)9783030990961
StatePublished - Jan 1 2022


  • Accountability
  • Buy in
  • Capacity building
  • Compliance
  • Cultural conflict
  • Inspiration
  • Investment
  • Social justice
  • Strategic planning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Economics, Econometrics and Finance
  • General Social Sciences


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