Resources

Work Smarter, Not Harder: SMART Goals Keep Key Objectives in Focus

Businesses have long used SMART goals—goals that are Strategic and Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Results-based, and Timebound as a way to cut through the morass of conflicting priorities and focus their energies on goals that would make a difference to their work. Although SMART goals did not seep into the education lexicon until the 1990s, the power that they bring to school improvement work is the same. SMART goals can focus a school’s or district’s work and determine whether the work is making a difference.  This report suggests ways to make SMART goals work for educators.

SMART Goals, Smart Schools

Setting goals that connect to the classroom and focus on student learning helps educators see, learn from, and communicate their results.  In this abstract from Education Leadership, author Jan O'Neill discusses SMART Goals; setting specific goals that are strategic, measurable, attainable, results-oriented, and timebound.

SMART Goals Connect a School

School staff are periodically reminded to revisit their SMART goals—goals that are Strategic and Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Results-based, and Timebound, in order to better assess the student population across learning disciplines.  This article by Jan O'Neill offers useful advice for doing so.

Developing an Inquiry Minded-District

Analyzing data not only helps inform decisions and challenge assumptions, but also helps teachers view their instructional and collaborative practices with a new perspective.  In this abstract from Education Leadership, three schools show how the data-based inquiry and decision-making process can improve decisions about curriculum, instruction, and policy.

The School Climate Challenge

Over the last two decades, there has been a growing appreciation that school climate, the quality and character of school life, fosters — or undermines — children’s development, learning and achievement. Research confirms what teachers and parents have claimed for decades: a safe and supportive school environment, in which students have positive social relationships and are respected, engaged in their work and feel competent, matters.  This white paper from the National School Climate Center studies which methods work and which do not.