Steven Weber

Superintendent or Asst Super

Fayetteville, AR

Interests: Curriculum design and...

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2011: Goals and Priorities


"People create success in their lives by focusing on today.  It may sound trite, but today is the only time you have.  It's too late for yesterday.  And you can't depend on tomorrow.  That's why today matters.  Most of the time we miss that."

John C. Maxwell, Today Matters: 12 Daily Practices to Guarantee Tomorrow's Success (2004)

If you made New Year's Resolutions, you may have decided to change your diet, exercise more, spend more time with your family, develop a new budget, enroll in graduate school, donate to your favorite charity, read more books, focus on the 'main' things in your life, develop a 'seek first to understand' mindset, or other personal goals.

Many people around the world set personal goals that they do not keep.  Goal setting can be rewarding, but committing to a goal requires much more than clarifying our goal(s) on paper.  S.M.A.R.T. goals are recommended by business coaches, education consultants, and numerous leadership courses.  When someone makes a S.M.A.R.T. goal, it is:

S =  Specific
M =  Measurable
A  = Attainable

R  = Realistic and Results-Oriented
T  = Timely

If we are going to improve teaching and learning in the new year, then we must establish curriculum goals and priorities.  A good starting point is to reflect on 2010.  Once we have reflected on the past, we can establish S.M.A.R.T. goals for 2011.

Questions for Teams:

What did students achieve in 2010?

What common misconceptions did students have in 2010?

What instructional strategies seemed to be more relevant to this generation of learners in 2010?

What goals did our department, team, school, or school district achieve in 2010?

What stretch goals do we have for teaching and learning in 2011?

What will we do to adjust the pacing, so we don't have a "race to the finish" each semester?

How can we include more 21st century skills in our curriculum in 2011?

What do we want each student to know and be able to do at the end of our course?

Is our current curriculum, instruction and assessment designed to help us develop the kind of student(s) who can meet the course goals and contribute to society?


Resources for Educators:

Team S.M.A.R.T. Goal-Setting Plan
All Things PLC

Curriculum Development: What Should Students Know and Be Able to Do?
K-12 Curriculum Development Blog

Five Questions For Curriculum Developers
K-12 Curriculum Development Blog

Determining Curriculum: A Non-Negotiable to Increasing Student Achievement
K-12 Curriculum Development Blog


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04 Jan 11, 09:40 AM


Thank you for your example of how SMART goals supported teaching and learning in your school. Do you mind sharing one of the SMART goals on ASCD EDge? I think some teacher teams do better once they see an example from another school. Writing a SMART goal for the first time can be intimidating to some. Wishing you the best in 2011!

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03 Jan 11, 06:46 PM

My staff and I revamped 5 courses around the Common Core State Standards. For each skill being learned, the staff has created common formative assessments using SMART goals. It has been a very productive to see growth of both individual students and a group of students on the proficiency of the skills being learned. For example, we saw one class increase from 18% proficient of a specific literacy skill to 85%. we can actually measure growth. Very powerful.

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