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Annual Goals

This report lists the annual improvement goals reported to ESE in the educator preparation program provider’s state annual report. Providers may report up to three goals for the upcoming year and are asked to report on progress made toward the prior year’s goals. Annual goals are reported in May of the academic year listed.

Annual Goals - 2018
Goal #1 Pilot program (a series of courses and fieldwork experiences), which will allow our candidates to earn an add-on license in moderate disabilities, which is an identified area of need in our partner districts.
Goal #2 Align English and History licensure programs to incorporate the entire fifth through twelfth grade range.
Goal #3 Work to create a more direct pipeline from the Urban Education Pathway to licensure programs at Smith.

Annual Goals - 2017
Goal #1 Use the partner stakeholder survey results to inform and guide our continuous improvement efforts as well as future discussions with our partners.
Goal #2 In response to partner feedback about their needs, we plan to develop offerings leading to the SEI endorsement for inservice teachers.
Goal #3 Explore the feasibility and develop a program (a series of courses and fieldwork) which will allow our candidates to earn an add-on license in moderate disabilities.

Progress Toward Goals - 2017
Goal #1 We met individually with several partner principals and assistant principals to determine the classrooms in their school best suited to guiding and mentoring student teachers and to systematize the process for placing student teachers in their school.
Goal #2 We worked with our ELL instructor to align our syllabus, apply for, and offer the stand-alone course for the SEI endorsement. Last summer we had one in-service teacher take the course and earn the endorsement. This coming summer we have four in-service teachers enrolled in the stand-alone course for the SEI endorsement.
Goal #3 We worked as a department to develop a proposal for a program (a series of courses and fieldwork experiences), which will allow our candidates to earn an add-on license in moderate disabilities. We submitted the proposal for the program, along with a projected budget, to the Director of Graduate Programs, the Provost and Associate Provost. Pending approval, we anticipate piloting the program in the Summer of 2019.

Annual Goals - 2016
Goal #1 Continue and increase training for supervising practitioners and systematize training for program supervisors.
Goal #2 Establish and implement a more intentional system of evaluating partnerships on an ongoing basis-- one which involves partner stakeholders.
Goal #3 Implement the Candidate Assessment of Performance with all candidates beginning in the fall of 2016. Make improvements to CAP process at our institution based on candidate, supervisor, and supervising practitioner feedback from the 2015- 2016 CAP pilot.

Progress Toward Goals - 2016
Goal #1 We continued regular meetings with our program supervisors and added a more extensive series of online check-ins with supervising practitioners. In addition, we provided a face-to-face training for any supervising practitioner new to the CAP process.
Goal #2 We developed a survey where partner stakeholders will provide feedback about the core elements of our preparation programs. We plan to use survey results in our continuous improvement efforts. The survey will be distributed at the end of the practicum semester.
Goal #3 Smith successfully implemented the Candidate Assessment of Performance (CAP) with all candidates. Before the practicum semesters, we met with Program Supervisors and practicum seminar faculty to design our CAP process including scheduling, document maintenance, and communication with all stakeholders. We also worked to improve issues from the 2015-16 CAP pilot. We met several more times throughout the practicum semesters to access the CAP process and identify any areas for improvement.