SMART Goals and Improvement Plans
The most effective teachers set goals for professional development at the beginning of the year and then create plans to ensure that professional goals can be achieved. Some school districts even incorporate this into the teacher contract.
Directions: For your apprenticeship this semester create a smart goal and an improvement plan guided by:
- your self-knowledge of where you want (and need) to develop as a teacher
- Danielson's domain 1 or 3
- your block 2 observation tool areas C, D, or E.
Things to do:
Materials:SMART Goal Checklist
- Brainstorm and record 5 or more aspects of professional teaching that experience tells you you want or need to improve upon.
- Revisit the first three chapters of Danielson's (2007) Enhancing Professional Practice noting where your want or need shows up in Danielson's framework.
- Choose from Danielson's domain 1 (Planning & Preparation) or domain 3 (Instruction) as a focus area for your SMART Goal and IP.
- After selecting a Danielson domain 1 or 3, find the corresponding chapter in the second portion of the book (mainly chapter 6) to clarify the component(s) of the domain you would specifically like to address. or example, Domain 1: Planning and Preparation, Component 1f: Designing Student Assessments. Figure 1.1 will also help you in this determination.
- Please look over the rubric associated with the domain and component(s) you choose. We will use this to assess your progress toward your SMART Goal.
- Once you decide on a domain and component(s), write a SMART goal and create a plan that will enable you to consciously improve toward your goal during this apprenticeship. Construct your goal so that it is:
- Use last semester's SMART Goal and IP as a guide. However, this semester you are to focus on the Observation Tool areas of:
Domain C - Content Knowledge & Pedagogy
Domain D – Instruction
Domain E – Assessment & Evaluation
Improvement Plan Checklist
- _____ Goal is clearly based on specific components of domains identified in text
- (e.g., anyone can go to text to see which domain and components the goal falls under)
- _____ Justification for goal is based on a considered analysis of personal strengths and growth needs
- (e.g., goal should demonstrate reflection of who you are as a pre-service teacher)
- _____ Goal is specific
- _____ Goal is measurable
- _____ Goal is achievable or attainable in the time frame
- _____ Goal is realistic
- _____ Goal is time-bound
- _____ Improvement plan clearly identifies skills, knowledge, and understanding to be acquired (e.g., what does the teacher-candidate need to learn in order to accomplish goal?)
- _____ Improvement plan clearly identifies each intervention required to achieve goal (e.g., to achieve goal you will need to take actions, create strategies)
- _____ Improvement plan provides timelines for each intervention
- _____ Improvement plan identifies resources needed to and means to obtain resources to achieve SMART Goal (e.g., resources can be human, material, etc.)
- _____ Improvement plan identifies means by which candidate will self-evaluate each intervention