Presentation on theme: "SMART GOALS The First Step Toward Improvement"— Presentation transcript:
1 SMART GOALS The First Step Toward Improvement Dr. Anne Zeman, DirectorCurriculum and Professional LearningSeptember 22, 2011
2 A SMART goal is a goal that is: What’s a SMART Goal?A SMART goal is a goal that is:SpecificMeasurableAttainableRelevant (Realistic)Time-bound
3 Why Use SMART Goals?The use of SMART goals greatly increases the likelihood of improvement in the targeted area.
4 SMART Goals: What’s the First Step? Start with data:Which data are imperative to consider?Which data are illuminating, helpful?
5 SMART Goals: What’s Your Focus? Which numbers (data) would you like to see improved?This is your focus area.
6 SMART Goals What’s Your Focus? How much improvement in numbers (data) do you want to achieve:Consider the current gap in performance.Can you close the gap entirely this year (or term/month/week), or is it more realistic to chunk the improvement?What’s the highest outcome that is rigorous yet realistic?
7 SMART Goals Specific Measurable Attainable (Achievable) Relevant Time-bound
8 SMART Goals Specific Which students, specifically? What, specifically, will students do?Under what specific conditions will students demonstrate success?
9 SMART Goals Measurable What will be the unit of measure? What is the criterion for success?
10 SMART GoalsAttainableRigorous, a stretchBut achievable
11 SMART GoalsRelevantWill achieving this SMART goal help us to achieve other, larger goals?Does the SMART goal describe an improvement that is significant?The goal is about students.
12 SMART Goals Time-Bound Does the goal specify when or “by when?” If an on-going improvement process, does the goal describe the frequency of measure?Is the goal sufficiently aggressive in terms of timing?
13 SMART Goals: Score this One! By the end of term 2, 80% of students will achieve at least a “4” on our persuasive writing rubric after being blind-scored by a department team member.
14 SMART Goals: Score this One! Now turn in your PTABG to a goal that your school created last year. Score your own! Was it “Smart?”Please share your SMART goals at table groups.
15 SMART Goals: Double-Check After analyzing data and selecting your area of focus, consider:Are the SMART goals you select high-leverage benchmarks that will help you to achieve larger, overall goals?
16 SMART Goals: Double-Check After analyzing data and selecting your area of focus, consider:Are the adult actions truly related to improvement in student performance?E.g.: If we want to improve student writing, will adults commit to assigning, reading, and scoring student writing on a common rubric?
17 SMART Goals: Double-Check After analyzing data and selecting your area of focus, consider:Is there research to support the notion that your actions are likely to lead to goal-attainment?
18 SMART Goals: Double-Check Research is widely known in some areas but consider delving into other areas:Marzano’s (2001) Big NineRigor, Relevance, RelationshipsExpository WritingGrading PoliciesContent-Specific Pedagogy
19 SMART Goals: Double-Check The establishment of effective SMART goals requires objective analysis by a team, not individual opinion or emotionalism.
20 SMART Goals: Double-Check On a team, who decides the SMART Goal and Action?Highly Functioning TeamWholeGroup ConsensusFriendlyIndividual InfluenceAutocracyDysfunctionalEmotionalismObjective/ Student Need
21 SMART GoalsSMART Goals.....Tools for Improvement