Set a SMARTIE goal to target inclusion and equity

By Learning Forward
December 2021
Goal setting is a critical part of the strategic planning process for individual educators and teams at the school and system level. SMART goals are a well-known and often-used framework for ensuring that goals can lead to meaningful change. The letters of the SMART acronym indicate that goals should be specific, measurable, attainable, results-oriented, and time-bound (Hirsh & Crow, 2017). Learning Forward and other organizations have recently begun expanding the SMART goal framework to explicitly incorporate equity and inclusion, through what are known as SMARTIE goals (The Management Center, 2021). SMARTIE goals intentionally center two additional components with the original SMART components: Inclusivity: The extent to which a goal brings traditionally marginalized people into processes, activities, and decision-making; and Equity: The extent to which the

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Hirsh, S. & Crow, T. (2017). Becoming a learning team. Learning Forward.

The Management Center (2021, May 10). SMARTIE goals worksheet.

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. (2021). Principal induction and mentoring handbook.

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