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Strategic Plan

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Dear Birmingham Public Schools community,

With great excitement and pride, I share with you the Birmingham Public Schools Strategic Plan for 2022-2027.

Like the compass in our logo, our Strategic Plan will provide direction for the next five years, focusing our team on academic excellence, social and emotional wellness, fiscal responsibility, and attracting and retaining world-class talent.

I want to extend my sincere appreciation to those of you who have completed surveys, engaged in one of our focus groups, or participated on a committee. As a result, we have heard the voices of our students, staff, parents, and the community. Your insights have been heard and play a significant part in this guiding document.

Thank you again for your continued commitment to Birmingham Public Schools, our students, and our community. Together, we will keep our District strong and move forward confidently, knowing we have a solid, comprehensive plan built with feedback and input from our entire community to guide our efforts and take our District to the next level.


Dr. Embekka Roberson
Superintendent of Schools

All students in Birmingham will realize their full potential, think critically, and champion an innovative tomorrow.

In partnership with parents and the community, Birmingham Public Schools will provide educational excellence that empowers students to cultivate their individual brilliance and positively impact their world.

Be Bold. Be Brilliant. Be Birmingham.

Our Core Values

Student Success

We seek to uphold our district's long-standing tradition of outstanding academic achievement through rigorous curriculum, collaborative opportunities, and extensive exploration.


We welcome and celebrate diversity by honoring the dignity of every human being. We seek opportunities to value the differences expressed throughout our vibrant community.


We partner with community organizations to engage families in a reciprocal process that actively supports student learning and well-being. 


We believe in the unique talents of our community members, and we are committed to providing access to the resources and opportunities needed for each individual to thrive.


We support an environment that welcomes challenges, encourages resilience, and inspires the ability to overcome adversity.


We lead and act with transparency, fairness, and respect.

Our Strategic Priorities

Birmingham Public Schools' strategic plan focuses on four priorities to realize its vision, advance its mission, and express its core values.

Student Achievement   |    Culture of Unity & Wellbeing   |   World-Class Talent   |   Responsible Stewardship

Our Advisory and Review Committees created these priorities based on the feedback from our students, parents, staff, and community. In addition, we identified our stakeholders' needs through surveys, focus groups, and academic and behavioral data analysis.

Student Achievement

Our Why: Our district has a long-standing tradition of academic excellence, and stakeholders want all students to have the opportunity to achieve their full potential. Stakeholders also stressed the importance of a robust multi-tiered system of support that would eliminate disproportionate academic outcomes. Further, they expressed a desire for the district to focus more intensely on life skills and career readiness. 

We Aim to

  • Strengthen Core Academic Instruction
  • Increase College and Career Readiness
  • Improve Learning Communities
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Culture of Unity and Well-Being

Our Why: Stakeholders believe we need to provide more extensive mental health support and social-emotional learning for our students, families, and staff. Students expressed a desire for the district to help them manage stress and wellness. Stakeholders also highlight diversity as a critical element for attracting students, and they want equity in voice, opportunities, and resources for all schools. 

We Aim to

  • Create a district-wide system to encourage social and emotional wellness
  • Increase authentic engagement with students, staff, parents, families, community, and alumni
  • Create equitable access to extracurricular resources and opportunities
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World-Class Talent

Our Why: Stakeholders express satisfaction with the quality of the teachers in our district. They also expect to see an increase in diverse staff. Across all stakeholder groups, participants cite a need for the teaching staff to reflect the sociodemographic composition of the region where we reside.

We Aim to

  • Attract and retain talented and diverse staff
  • Prioritize the social and emotional well-being of staff
  • Provide high-quality professional learning and development
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Responsible Stewardship

Our Why: As stewards of the taxpayer's dollars, stakeholders rightfully hold the district to a high standard of fiscal responsibility. As a result, there is an expectation that the district annually provides a balanced budget, generates revenue, and aligns expenditures to the priorities of this strategic plan. 

We Aim to

  • Boldly market the district to increase student enrollment
  • Increase financial accountability with a focus on the Strategic plan priorities
  • Generate revenue through viable success
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