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Set instructional priorities
Set Instructional Priorities | Develop Priorities

The budget needs to be rooted in the priorities of the district. Intentionally created instructional priorities provide a strong basis for developing a district’s budget and strategic financial plan, as well as presenting a budget document.


  • Develop goals that address district's major needs
  • Analyze the underlying issue of any deficiencies being addressed
  • Develop priorities to accomplish goals
  • Select a limited number of priorities to pursue to maintain focus and promote success

Research & Develop Potential Instructional Priorities

The district’s instructional priorities should be informed by practices proven by research and also be limited in number to focus on items critical to optimizing performance.


  • Level 1: Identify instructional strategies where the intention is clear, but that are not overly detailed. Some basic research is used to inform which strategies are selected.
  • Level 2: Clear linkage made between research on what works and the instructional strategies. The strategies are collaboratively developed by a broad array of district instructional staff.
  • Level 3: Instructional strategies articulate the presumed cause-and-effect relationship at work.

Your Quick Wins

  • Quick Win: Examine potential sources to identify proven practices to achieve goals.
  • Why important?  Establish common fact base for deciding what could be effective.