SYSTEM ASSESSMENT OPTIONS FROM SMART LEARNING SYSTEMS
We will jointly determine the appropriate form of system assessment to utilize to help you reflect and obtain a clear picture of where your system is now. The range of system assessment options includes:
1. A straightforward online survey that would be open for a fixed period of time, made available to the appropriate stakeholders. We compile the results for review and determination of appropriate next steps.
2. A process of guided self-study for your organization, with or without a SMART Learning Systems site visit for guidance.
3. An intensive and comprehensive review performed by a SMART Learning Systems team. Upon completion, the team will compile and deliver a summary of findings.
SMART SCHOOL ACADEMY
The SMART School Academy engages district and school leadership teams (2 or more members per team) in a year-long, multi-format learning experience in the SMART School Improvement Process. Part of the experience is applying the Process with a real district team. The SMART School Academy components are:
- 4 sets of two-day trainings (total of 8 days) at the Academy host location
- An introductory online gathering and 3 virtual symposia that are designed to set up and prepare for each of the training sessions
- Coaching for each team by a Certified SMART School Coach throughout the Academy year
- An online resource and sharing site exclusively for the use of Academy participants
We’re organizing now for the 2016-17 SMART School Academies in Illinois and Wisconsin. We can also provide the SMART School Academy for individual districts.
SMART STUDENT PROCESS
Once your district team has learned the SMART School Improvement Process, the next step is to advance the Process to the teacher and student levels. The SMART Student Process is designed to help teacher teams develop the knowledge and skills needed to do so, addressing School and Student Learning Objectives, common formative assessments, and engaging students in their own goal-directed learning.
We work with districts and schools to help them begin, continue, or institutionalize SMART Process Improvement.
Together, we determine the most appropriate scope and combination of professional learning services to help you succeed, drawing from our experiences in delivering:
- Keynote addresses
- Book studies
- Wokshops on specific elements of the SMART Process
- More comprehensive training programs
We have offerings that are specifically designed for:
- District and School Administrators – SMART system alignment and measurement of impact
- Support Staff – Aligning support functions and SMART District Improvement
- School Leadership Teams – the SMART School Improvement Process
- Professional Learning Communities – helping them thrive using the SMART Team Process
- Engaging Students – The SMART Student Process
Our Master SMART Implementation Coaches are available to help your district, school, or teacher teams reflect on and advance the work of their SMART implementation.
THE SMART MEASUREMENT SYSTEM OR S.M.S.™
The S.M.S. is our evaluation tool, for use by a steering committee or leadership team to measure the impact of school improvement over the course of implementation. We use the SMART Goal Tree as a graphic organizer for the various elements of the S.M.S. The Goal Tree is rooted in a Results Goal that uses the SMART criteria to quantify adoption of the SMART School Improvement Process in a stipulated time frame.
Three critical components serve as Indicators for the S.M.S. Goal:
- Results – Academic achievement is improved and improving
- Strategic Focus – Schools are actively engaged in the improvement process
- Leadership Capacity – There is shared responsibility for student learning using the Process
Multiple, appropriate measures of student performance quantify Results, with sufficient detail to help the team look at the impact of changes in student performance over time by level, subject and subpopulations. Our unique Indicators of Progress (IoP™) evidence-based rubric, and an iterative online SMART Survey provide measured feedback that addresses Strategic Focus and Leadership Capacity.
You will find more about our SMART Measurement System in More Than a SMART Goal: Staying Focused on Student Learning, including a description of the way the S.M.S. was used in a Texas district.
While the S.M.S. was designed to be used to measure progress in implementing SMART School Improvement, it lends itself to the evaluation of other implementations, as well. As a result, the S.M.S. can be linked to our Custom District Support services or purchased on its own.