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S.M.A.R.T. Goals

Goals that are Strategic & Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic/Relevant, and Timebound

Scaffolded

Scaffolding is a process in which students are given support until they can apply new skills and strategies independently.

School Asset Assessment

School Asset Assessment is the process by which a school evaluates the nature, quality, value and sustainability of school assets for the purpose of planning. Normally assets are considered to be the strength of the school.

School Assets

School Assets are the collection of physical and human resources belonging to a school and usually include the following: faculty and staff, parent community, religious staff, facilities (including church or chapel), materials and equipment, (including technology and media), purchasing power, training and professional development opportunities, courses (shared on line or with home schoolers), teachers, financial capacity in community, and other.

School Community

The collection of the school constituencies.

School Constituencies

This includes the faculty, staff, administration, governing body, students, parents, alumni, and parish or community members who have regular interactions with the school.

School Culture

A shared system of beliefs and values that influences how members of a school community act and interpret the world.

Social Justice

The individual and institutional promotion of the common good. The conviction to cooperate with others in order to help make the institutions of society better serve this goal. Catholic Social teaching develops this concept more fully.  (see USCCB.ORG for an in depth discussion)

Socially Responsible Global Citizen

One who uses knowledge, skills and understanding to make decisions and take action for the common good as set in a networked, world-wide context.

Spiritual Experiences

Activities that help people develop their faith. Beyond retreat, these may include days of recollection, individual spiritual direction, spiritual companion groups, etc.

Spiritual Heritage

The spiritual tradition associated with the founding and administration of the school. This could be a religious order that was instrumental in the school’s establishment, the spiritual and religious practices associated with the namesake of the school, or another touchstone that aligns the school with the rich spiritual tradition of the Church.

Stakeholders (Catholic Education)

A person or group that has an interest in a local, system, or diocesan enterprise or project. The primary stakeholders are its parents, staff, employees, investors, board members, parishioners, business community, etc.

Stakeholders (OV)

Stakeholders are any members of the ecosystem that surrounds your school that are affected by your decisions or who have the power to affect the school’s mission. (These include students, parents, teachers, staff and volunteers, but should also be extended to include neighbors, local community leaders, parish or diocesan officials, vendors and suppliers and even leadership teams at other local schools).
The relative importance of each of these groups will depend on the specific situation, but listing them all helps to identify any potential strategy gaps: for example, a plan may be beneficial to the students and faculty but viewed as disruptive to different constituents in the community.

Student Growth

An agreed upon evaluation measure of change in student learning based upon a defined span of time usually one year.

Student Voice

The authentic statements and sentiments of students expressing their thoughts, ideas, or emotions in their own words.