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Professional Development and SMART Goals as Criteria for Success

Professional Development and SMART Goals as Criteria for Success


In this lesson, students evaluate the importance of determining goals, targeted outcomes, and metrics for success
when aligning professional development activities to professional development initiatives using SMART goals.

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Hello there, and welcome. This lesson you're about to participate in is all about evaluating the importance of determining goals, targeted outcomes, and metrics for success when aligning professional development activities to professional development initiatives, using something you should be very familiar with, and that's SMART goals. Let's get started.

First, I want to point out the important role that alignment plays in professional development. The goals of your professional development plan targeting a school based professional development initiative should align to the school's goals, which in turn should align to the goals of the district. The main objective of this lesson is to demonstrate the process of how to target, and/or evaluate this alignment.

Let's take this diagram and use it to frame this lesson. We have, at the very top, the district's goal. For the purposes of this lesson, keep in mind that I only created what would likely be a small portion of a much larger goal. The goal is to meet the needs of the 21st century learner. We can filter it down a level and create a school-based aligned goal, which is to integrate the use of digital presentation tools.

The next step is to create the school's professional development initiative in order to reach the goal, and here it is. The initiative is for the school to hold an unconference. With a focus on presentation tools, it satisfies the school goal and is aligned to the district's goal of learning in the 21st century.

Next, based on that initiative we will develop an aligned SMART goal. SMART goals will guide the work of the teachers giving them clear direction to what needs to be done. We will use the set of questions based on SMART to help us do this. What is the specific goal to be achieved? What data will we use to measure the current reality in need? Is the goal, as written, attainable? Is the goal relevant to our curriculum, assessment, school initiatives, and student needs? What is our timeline for monitoring, and our expected date of attainment?

Let's look and see if the SMART goal we have written allows us to fulfill the goals of the initiative. Teachers will attend the unconference and select a presentation tool they will want to learn how to use with their students. Students will then create a presentation using a digital tool on a topic of their choice, and measure it against the Common Core State Standards found under speaking and listening, and ISTE standard one, Creativity and Innovation.

Presentations will be ready to share by July 1. In this example, the unconference will allow teachers to learn about a number of presentation tools in a collaborative setting, and utilize any experience they already have to expand on their learning.

So now we can continue on to the next step. In order to address our SMART goal, we will develop a series of action steps that will help us reach our intended outcome. Step one is for teachers to participate in the unconference. In a site-based initiative like this, attendance is mandatory. So we are really looking for true participation.

Step two, teachers will select specific tools as their focus. Some examples might be Prezi, PowToon, Voki, or 30hands. Step three, the learning will continue during the team's collaborative times. They will act as a support network for one another, and share their growth. They will also work together to plan lessons for their students, and act as reviewers for each other's projects. Step four is really ongoing as the team will engage in a PDSA protocol to monitor progress that the students make on their presentations. If things are working well they should keep going, otherwise revisions to the process should be made.

So it's time to summarize. In this lesson we really combined a lot of the content we've been covering. We discussed alignment between district and site-based initiatives, we created a SMART goal with action steps, and we even included a PDSA.

And now for today's food for thought. Whether you're a teacher, an administrator, or both, pay attention to the initiatives around you, and ask yourself if alignment is occurring. As you reflect on how this new information can be applied, you may want to explore the additional resources section that accompany this video presentation. There you'll find links to resources chosen to help you deepen your learning and explore ways to apply your newly acquired skill set. As always, thanks so much for watching. We'll see you next time.

Notes on "Professional Development and SMART Goals as Criteria for Success"

(00:00-00:20) Intro

(00:21-00:47) Alignment

(00:48-01:16) Goals

(01:17-01:29) PD Initiative

(01:30-02:46) SMART Goal

(02:47-03:40) Action Steps

(03:41-04:25) Summary/Food For Thought

Additional Resources


SmartSheet is an interactive SMART goal planning tool available online. There is a free version with pared down functionality that you can access at the link below.

8 FREE Goal Setting Worksheets Forms and Templates

Smart Goals Guide offers free SMART goal templates for students to use as they develop and monitor their own learning goals.

Goal Setting Process: For mentors working with beginning teachers

The Ohio Department of Education has SMART goal templates for coaches to use with new teachers. However, the templates can be used with any SBM/PLC to develop continuous improvement goals.