Robert S. Landrebe says that a strategic plan is like a road map. Just as you can take various paths from Point A to Point B on a map, a strategic plan declares that of all the possible ways to get to a desired future, the school is going in a certain direction. Benefits of strategic planning include: (1) Providing a focused time for outlining a school's potential future. (2) Building a stronger community. (3) Helping align resources and motivations toward achievable goals. (4) Offering hope in the midst of daily urgency and stress.