Although working hard, taking risks, and continuously growing is what our main focus and vision are at OMS (as opposed to upholding a persona that one is smart), there is one area where we like to focus on being “smart”. That one area is around goal setting. In order to make our goals stand the test of time and increase the odds of meeting them, we strive to make them Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-Bound. Furthermore, studies have shown that writing down goals and sharing them increases the odds of achieving them. This is why I am officially writing down and sharing with you my SMART goal for OMS for the 2015-16 school year.
Specifically, we have a building goal related to reading. This is a relevant goal as encouraging our children’s reading is the best way to support their learning and intellectual development, and an ideal way to put them on the path to future success in high school and beyond. It’s measureable (based on Aspire results), attainable (I believe that we can meet it), and time-bound (will end at the end of the school year). Therefore, my goal for OMS is:
By the end of the 2015-16 school year, OMS 6-8 grade students will have an overall average increase of 2 points in their Aspire Reading scores when comparing Fall of 2015 with Spring of 2016 results.
However, this goal can’t be accomplished by myself alone. The quote “It takes a village to raise a child” applies directly to my SMART goal for this school year. In order for students to increase their reading skills over the course of the school year, teachers, students, parents, and other important people in each child’s life need to reinforce the importance of reading and encourage and model it for them. The OMS staff and I have specific strategies that we will be employing throughout the school year to take specific steps toward reaching this goal. Along with intervention, differentiation in the classroom, and learning together through a book study around specific reading strategies to teach the students, we will work tirelessly on implementing the Reading Workshop model at OMS. Through the workshop model, we will make sure students are being stretched to read increasingly more complex texts as the year progresses. Students are also given time throughout the school day (and are expected to do the same at home at night) to drop everything and read (DEAR). The more reading students do, the better they will become at reading. Practice makes perfect!
I hope that you join the OMS staff and me in raising reading skills for all students at OMS this school year. It’s a critical goal that is so very important for their future success. By all working together, I’m confident that we will meet it!