SMART Goals set for 2016-2017 school year

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Every year, the Milford school district develops SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-bound) goals for the upcoming year. This year, administrators also revisited our Core Beliefs to make sure they were in line with our annual goals.

Core Beliefs

  1. We believe that children are at the center of everything we do, and our practice should reflect their best interests;
  2. We believe that character is important, and schools can help shape a child’s character;
  3. We believe that service to the community is important;
  4. We believe that all financial decisions should reflect prudent fiscal management and be based on providing the best educational opportunities for children;
  5. We believe that schools must partner with the community to provide the most optimal educational experience possible;
  6. We believe that schools should be welcoming places with a positive climate;
  7. We believe that schools are places built for the education of children, not for adult employment; and
  8. We believe that every school employee has the capacity for leadership. Leadership means using one’s influence to help guide others in successfully achieving a goal without desire for recognition.

Our SMART Goals align with these Core Belief statements. Below are the three SMART Goals; more detail on strategies and measurement is available in this presentation: SMART Goals and Core Beliefs Aug 18 2016.


  1. The district will improve student achievement for all students by the end of the 2016-2017 school year. All students will meet or exceed a year’s growth;
  2. We will provide professional development to continue to increase the quality of instructional strategies; and
  3. We will strengthen the Milford School community through ongoing communication, collaboration, trust, and appreciation to enhance teaching and learning.

With regard to community communication and collaboration, keep an eye out for some community engagement sessions coming soon. Our goal is not only to provide information the community needs to understand what is happening in our schools, but to gather input from community members.


2 thoughts on “SMART Goals set for 2016-2017 school year

  1. Andrea –
    ALWAYS appreciate your in-depth updates! I was part of a Peer-Leadership Summit for Cincinnati Public Schools this summer and introduced to Carol Dweck’s growth mindset as were 110 CPS juniors and seniors. It was powerful. I am currently reading Ruby Payne’s “A Framework for Understanding Poverty” to assist me as I work with Milford’s and Cincinnati’s poorest children and families. It is so eye opening and makes me wonder how the Milford School District addresses the differences and “hidden rules” that separate those in poverty from the middle class that often favor one class of children over another. I understand it is a societal and cultural issue, but wonder if Milford has considered or responded to the disparity. I don’t seem to see it in the core or smart goals. I was so aware of the disparity as I walked to yoga at the gym this morning with an Artsy Fartsy mom on her way to a minimum-wage job. Thank you!

    • Thanks for the comment, Cathy! I’m going to read the book you mention – thanks for the recommendation. I can’t answer your question specifically, but seeing Seipelt’s results suggests we are doing something right. I’ll ask about it and see what I can find out.

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