NAPT® Board Finalizing New Strategic Plan
NAPT® President Steve Simmons reports that the Board has been working collaboratively over the last few weeks to develop a new strategic plan.“The school transportation landscape is changing rapidly and significantly”, said Simmons. “We want to not only remain in the forefront of conversation about it, but we also want to lead the change, to BE the change, whenever possible.”
Recognizing that, even pre-pandemic, the traditional approach to strategic planning is not well suited for rapidly evolving markets, the Board engaged the professional services of a firm that specializes in strategic planning, member engagement and governance design to facilitate an online process that evaluated NAPT®'s longstanding Vision, Mission and Strategic Priorities.
“It's clear that the current pace of change requires a super flexible 1 to 2-year strategy to go along with the traditional 3 to 5-year worldview”, said Simmons. “We need to adapt our business model accordingly.”
“We wrestled with a variety of new challenges in 2020 and 2021 and innovated or improvised to overcome them”, said NAPT® president-elect Rick Grisham. “The things we learned in the last 18 months are going to help us create high-impact opportunities in the future.”
In addition to confirming that leadership, communication, education, and advocacy remain the core of NAPT's value proposition, the Board also added data collection and utilization, collaboration, and partnerships as specific components of the organization's new plan. Each of these new priorities involves use of the NAPT® Collaborative, which was formed earlier this year in partnership with the Center for Effective School Operations (CESO).
“The NAPT® Collaborative was created to help us think big picture about not only how children get to school now, but how they're going to get to school in the future, especially in light of community and parental expectations that are evolving rapidly in what is becoming an increasingly diverse educational landscape,” said Grisham.
Grisham also noted that the new plans will likely result in NAPT Executive Director Mike Martin spending even more of his time working among the broader education community, particularly in Washington, DC and state political arenas, to pursue NAPT's goals and strengthen NAPT's brand recognition.
“There is clearly a paradigm shift going on in U.S. education”, said Grisham. “We need to not only be aware of the conversation, but we also need to be involved in or leading as many of them as possible so we can influence the outcomes to the advantage of our members.”
Additional information about each of the topics mentioned above will be provided in future editions of SchoolBUSRide magazine and Dispatch, the organization's official publications, and email updates to members.