Uinta County School District #1
January 2019-Newsletter, Vol. 39
Why Do We Need SMART Goals?
"Goal setting is one of the simplest and most effective organizational interventions that can be used to increase employee performance" (O'Hara & Maglieri, 2006, p. 132).
"Collegial support and professional development in schools are unlikely to have any effect on improvement of practice and performance if they are not connected to a coherent set of goals that give direction and meaning to learning and collegiality" (Elmore, 2003, p.60).
"Consistently higher performing schools set explicit academic goals that are aligned with and often exceed state standards" (Dolejs, 2006 p.1).
"Our investigations suggest it is critical to define and publish a protocol that articulates specific inquiry functions: jointly and recursively identifying appropriate and worthwhile goals for student learning; finding or developing appropriate means to assess student progress toward those goals; bringing to the table the expertise of colleagues and others who can assist in accomplishing these goals; planning, preparing, and delivering lessons; using evidence from the classroom to evaluate instruction; and, finally, reflecting on the process to determine next steps" (Gallimore et al., 2009, pp. 548-549).
"One of the greatest challenges to team success is the inattention to results... But there is no getting around the fact that the only measure of a great team - or a great organization - is whether it accomplishes what it sets out to accomplish... When it comes to how a cohesive team measures its performance, one criterion sets it apart from non-cohesive ones: its goals are shared across the entire team" (Lencioni, 2012, pp. 65-66).
"The problem is not the absence of goals in districts and schools today but the presence of too many that are ad hoc, unconnected, and ever-changing... [They are too often fragmented and so] people see them as discrete demands with little or no connection to...their daily work... The solution lies in developing limited goals, persisting, and avoiding distractors... These leaders...[use goals] to establish continuous focused direction" (Fullan & Quinn, 2016, pp. 20-21).
Cheri Dunford, Supt., Board Exec. Assistant Ext. 1021
Dr. Joseph Ingalls, Assistant Superintendent K-5 Ext. 1026
Doug Rigby, Assistant Superintendent 6-12 Ext. 1025
Alicia Johnson, Instructional Services Admin. Asst. Ext. 1024
Kristine Hayduk, Human Resources Ext. 1023
Matt Williams, SPED Director Ext. 1040
Diana Olson, SPED Admin. Asst. Ext. 1041
Bubba O'Neill, Activities Director Ext. 1060
Dauna Bruce, Activities Admin. Asst. Ext. 1061
John Williams, Business Director, Ext. 1030
Jaraun Dennis, Facilities Director, Ext. 1075