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CRS Embarks on a Strategic Planning Process

March 11, 2024

We are excited to invite our entire community to join us on a strategic planning process for the next 3-5 years that will move us forward with energy and momentum!  As we plan, we will center the perspectives and needs of our children and follow the example that they set for us each day with joyful collaboration. Check out a brief introduction video below.


We have had excellent SOAR (Strengths, Opportunities, Aspirations, and Results) sessions with our faculty, staff, and Board of Trustees this February and March and look forward to hearing from our entire community this spring.  Check out ways to get involved below!

Important Dates to Know

  • March 27th Community Strategic Planning Night on Zoom: On Wednesday, March 27th from 6:30 – 8:30pm we will hold a Community Strategic Planning Night virtually on Zoom.  We invite and encourage ALL members of our community (current families, faculty, past parents, alumni, friends, and beyond!) to join us for an interactive evening to share your dreams and ideas for the future of Charles River School.  Please register to attend the Zoom here.
  • May 3rd Dream. Design. Do. Day: On Friday, May 3rd we will hold an interactive Dream. Design. Do strategic planning session from 8:30 – 9:30am for current families and Trustees on the morning of May Day.

Core Strategic Planning Team

We are very grateful to the various stakeholders and diverse perspectives on our Core Strategic Planning Team who have been hard at work behind the scenes to help plan this inclusive process.

  • Gabe Burnstein, Head of School
  • Erin Byrnes, Parent of Lizzie (1st grade), Cate (3rd grade), and Brooke (4th grade)
  • Elizabeth Clayton, Associate Head of School
  • Veena & Amit Mathew, Parents of Amele (Pre-K), Ellora (1st grade), and Sahan (4th grade)
  • James McElligott, Trustee and Parent of Lauren (7th grade), Jack (5th grade), and Natalie (2nd grade)
  • Rachel MillerGrade 5 Co-teacher  
  • Mica Moellering, Head of Performing Arts
  • Ayan Osman, PreK/K Co-teacher
  • Kate Paglia, Trustee and Parent of Charlotte (2nd grade) and Livvy (5th grade)
  • Will Rico, Parent of Henry (6th grade) and Tess (2nd grade)
  • Paul Rupprecht, Director of Athletics
  • Kim Scotland, Director of Marketing and Communications
  • Sarah WongMath Specialist

About Our Facilitators

We are working with two expert facilitators, Jen Silbert and Damien Ewens of Spartina Consulting. Using Appreciative Inquiry as the methodology for the plan, we are tapping into areas to study as learners in the process. We are not creating a document to sit on a shelf; we are creating a living and breathing plan that honors our pursuit of academic excellence and the joy of childhood.