SMART Goals for Counselors

Monday, August 22, 2016
Smart goals for school counselors with relevant and measurable counseling program goals.

Like thousands of others, I'm a member of the Elementary School Counselor Exchange on Facebook. I often see posts on there surrounding the topic of goals, student learning objectives, etc. It was something several of my colleagues in my district struggled with too. With our jobs often on the chopping block (or at least our ability to do our jobs), using strong data is only becoming more important.

I was asked to give a presentation to other counselors in my district on SMART goals and thought I'd share some of the slides here in case it proves helpful to some of you as you create your program's goals for the year, or even smaller goals for classroom units or small groups. I needed something short, sweet, and to the point. This is what I whipped up for us:


Smart Goals - Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Results Oriented, Time Bound

The three types of data and examples for Process, perception and outcome data

Compare two types of counseling goals: Counseling Program Goals and Student Impact Goals with examples of what each goal looks like and how they differ with the conclusion that student impact goals are more powerful.

Quality SMART goal examples for elementary, middle and high school counseling programs

Where do the goals come from?

SMART Goals are derived from students' needs assessments example

SMART goals are derived from our Data Warehouse example: attendance and tardies.

SMART goals are derived from your School Improvement plan with and example goal of increasing attendance at a parent education workshop.

Now you give it a try writing SMART goals


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