Strategic Planning

Building our vision together

Periods of extreme disruption such as the one we are currently in compel us to think differently about everything—opening up opportunity and providing impetus for growth. At Gould, we are striving to take full advantage of this moment.

We're choosing this time to take a fresh look at the school's mission statement, to renew the values that guide our decision-making, and articulate a clear vision of Gould's future with a strategy for long-term success.  Engaging the whole community in this effort will gain us the benefit of diverse perspectives, building broad alignment.

How it works

Who is Greenwich Leadership Partners (GLP)? 
To help ensure that we do our work thoroughly and well, the Board of Trustees has engaged Stephanie Rogen, the author of Creating Schools that Thrive, and her team at Greenwich Leadership Partners. This firm has extensive experience working with schools to guide them through a strategic design process. GLP is a consulting firm that helps many schools with strategic planning.  

What is a strategic plan? 
According to Greenwich Leadership Partners, “Planning is where strategy and leadership come together in a dynamic process for designing the future, making decisions and executing effectively."  

How will GLP help Gould?
  • Plan strategically for the future.
  • Harness our talent in the present.
  • Build capacity to execute in the present and future.
How does this get done? 
  • Workshops and focus group meetings
  • Stakeholder interviews
  • Surveys to all types of stakeholders
Who will take a lead role? 
  • We all will. Community members' voices and ideas lead us forward. 
  • The Strategic Design Team will manage the process.  Team members include trustees, faculty and staff, parents, students, and alumni. 

Gould Strategic Design Team Members

1st row:
Sam Adams '77, P'18, Trustee
Doug Alford P'18, '20, Faculty
Rick Foyston '75, P'14, Trustee, Design Team Co-Chair
Maggie Furneaux '97, P'25, '26, Trustee

2nd row:
Ben Kamilewicz, Faculty
Frank Lee P'10, Former Trustee
Stephanie Montgomery P’00, Trustee ‘07-’10, ‘13 - ‘19, Faculty
Alex Norden, Faculty

3rd row:
Desiree Plata '99
Sara Shifrin '88, P'19, '23, Faculty, Design Team Co-Chair
Hannah Stevenson P'26, P'28, Parent
Ron Tomen '22, Student

What's new? Updates about our progress

List of 7 news stories.

Questions about the planning process may be directed to Sara Shifrin, who may answer or direct to other members of the Gould Strategic Design Team.

Sara Whalen Shifrin ’88, P’19,’23
Director of Innovation
Gould is a small, co-ed, independent boarding school for grades 8-PG.  We are passionate about preparing academically motivated students for college, helping them to become independent-minded, ethical citizens who will lead lives of purpose, action, excellence, and compassion in a dynamic world.