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1 SMART GOALS The First Step Toward Improvement Dr. Anne Zeman, Director Curriculum and Professional Learning September 22, 2011

2 2 Whats a SMART Goal? A SMART goal is a goal that is: Specific Measurable Attainable Relevant (Realistic) Time-bound

3 3 Why Use SMART Goals? The use of SMART goals greatly increases the likelihood of improvement in the targeted area.

4 4 SMART Goals: Whats the First Step? Start with data: Which data are imperative to consider? Which data are illuminating, helpful?

5 5 SMART Goals: Whats Your Focus? Which numbers (data) would you like to see improved? This is your focus area.

6 6 SMART Goals Whats 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? Whats the highest outcome that is rigorous yet realistic?

7 7 SMART Goals Specific Measurable Attainable (Achievable) Relevant Time-bound

8 8 SMART Goals Specific Which students, specifically? What, specifically, will students do? Under what specific conditions will students demonstrate success?

9 9 SMART Goals Measurable What will be the unit of measure? What is the criterion for success?

10 10 SMART Goals Attainable Rigorous, a stretch But achievable

11 11 SMART Goals Relevant Will 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 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 13 SMART Goals: Score this One! Goal: 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 14 SMART Goals: Score this One! Goal: 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 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 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 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 18 SMART Goals: Double-Check Research is widely known in some areas but consider delving into other areas: Marzanos (2001) Big Nine Rigor, Relevance, Relationships Expository Writing Grading Policies Content-Specific Pedagogy

19 19 SMART Goals: Double-Check The establishment of effective SMART goals requires objective analysis by a team, not individual opinion or emotionalism.

20 20 SMART Goals: Double-Check Whole Group Consensus Individual Influence Friendly Autocracy EmotionalismObjective/ Student Need On a team, who decides the SMART Goal and Action? Dysfunctional Highly Functioning Team

21 21 SMART Goals SMART Goals.....Tools for Improvement


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