I bring this up after reading thru the presentation for last week's Work Session with one section about SMART goals and the other about the budget. Here's the title for the SMART goals:
Selection of the 2017-18 Board Governance Priorities & Superintendent SMART Goals ... for next year.
Our goals help the Board and staff:First, that's great that the Board and senior staff finally realized that having too many goals dilutes the focus and the work. Also great is that their goals are aligned to the strategic plan.
a) Focus on: a few, high-priority and high-impact goals. Note: Over the last few years we have gone from 12 > 9 > 7 > 5 goals
b) Aligned to the Board-adopted 2013-18 Strategic Plan. Note: Our goals are now fully aligned to our strategic plan.
However, despite the rubric that staff uses to judge the implementation and output of these goals, I'm not quite sure I have ever seen how/when they know they have achieved them. Is complete implementation the goal or outcomes (to some degree) or both?
So their three big goals over the last three years were:
- EOG - Eliminate the Opportunity Gap
- Community Engagement
As a result: we are a high performing district outperforming our peers and each year we increase the number of positive outlier schools – leading the way state-wide in eliminating opportunity gaps.
This is also good news but I note that is for our state. Nationally, still not great.
Now is the time to consider new large initiatives for the 2017-18 school year. After the adoption of these goals in June, other new initiatives would be pushed into the 2018-19 goal setting.
Due to capacity of the Board, staff and financial considerations, we are asking Directors to select a maximum of 5 goals. There will also be budget impacts for each goal. Staff have developed a starting framework based on: a continuation of our Goal 1 (MTSS) and Goal 2 (EOG) work; and Board feedback/interests expressed during the year.Here's the timeline for this goal-setting work:
March 22, 2017: Work Session - Directors share ideas for potential 2017-18 SMART Goals, review
and offer feedback on staff recommendations, and narrow list of possible goals
April 2017: Work Session - Directors review draft rubrics and refine list of possible 17-18 Goals
June 1, 2017: Executive Committee
June 7, 2017: Regular Board Meeting - Intro of 2017-18 Governance Priorities and Superintendent
SMART Goals and Rubrics
June 28, 2017: Regular Board Meeting - Action on 2017-18 Governance Priorities and Superintendent
SMART Goals and Rubrics
June and August: Launching this work with principals for the start of the 2017-18 school year
June 2018: Annual Evaluation of the 2017-18 Superintendent SMART Goals
The staff is suggesting these goals:
- MTSS (falls under Board Governance Priority 1: Eliminate the Opportunity Gap)
- EOG (falls under Board Governance Priority 1: Eliminate the Opportunity Gap)
- 21st Century Skills/24 Credits (falls under Board Governance Priority 1: Eliminate the Opportunity Gap)
- Budget (falls under Board Governance Priority 2: Improve Systems and Supports)
- Engagement/Collaboration ( falls under Board Governance Priority 3: Create Culturally Inclusive School, Family & Community Engagement)
The other options presented are:
- SMART Goal 4: Advanced Learning
- SMART Goal 5: PAR (Peer Assistance and Review which is teacher evaluation)
- SMART Goal 6: Strategic Plan
So there you have it. No one is asking you to weigh in but if you have thoughts anyway:
spsdirectors @seattleschools.org - just the Board
firstname.lastname@example.org - the Board and senior management