The Board has taken into account the multiple roles of the NDE in the development of this Strategic Plan, and in the expectations set forth for the NDE. This recognition is coupled with the expectation of providing quality equitable support, through a multi- faceted system, under the charge of the NDE. The shared responsibility of leadership between the Board and the Commissioner, includes developing this plan, monitoring measures of progress, and implementing outcomes through the NDE’s programs and supports for schools, students, systems, and clients across the state. The Board carries out this Strategic Plan through direction to the Commissioner. The Commissioner has the responsibility to build an implementation plan that makes the Strategic Plan a living document, utilizing the aforementioned roles and strategic direction outlined for organizational structure, personnel and staffing, stakeholder engagement, and data and systems.