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Grade-Level Team Meeting

A Grade-Level Team Meeting is a procedure for principals to use as they lead grade-level teachers in analyzing and acting upon student data.  This meeting should take place once a month with the principal acting as the facilitator and the school reading coach acting as the notetaker.  This form faciliates that meeting.

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.

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.

Education Plan: Selecting Essential Standards

This presentation is part of the Appication Development Program commissioned by the New York City Charter School Center.  Created by charter school expert Cynthia Millinger, Education Plan: Selecting Essential Standards assists planning teams in developing an academic blueprint in conjunction with the New York State Testing Standards.  Building a program that will pass the selective criteria of the authorizing agencies is a main theme of this presentaion.

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