Setting too many goals at the same time can be overwhelming. As you get started, we suggest setting one specific goal for engaging families during the transition to school.
As you create your goal, consider some of the following:
- Did any of the readings (or video, if you watched it) from the web field trip inspire you to think differently about the transition to school? If so, how did they encourage you to direct your transition efforts in a new way?
- Do you need to establish stronger partnerships with libraries, LEAs, or other community organizations to help families successfully transition to school?
- Do you need to form a transition team whose members represent the different educational, linguistic, and cultural backgrounds of children and families in the community?
- Do you need to coordinate services for children and families that will be leaving your program?
- Do you need to assess how families perceive the usefulness of your existing transition practices?
Setting yourself up for success starts with setting a goal is that it is “SMART”:
What exactly are you going to do? Trying to talk to families more frequently about the upcoming transition may sound specific, but actually, calling one parent each day is even more specific. The more specific you are, the better able you are to take stock of your progress — that is, it helps you with “M” —
How are you going to evaluate your progress? Most goals can be measured either by counting (Did I do this once per day?) or by rating yourself on a scale of 1-5 (How well did I do this today?).
Are you able to achieve this goal? Is it realistic? Ask yourself if this is the right time for you to attempt this particular goal. If you are unsure, consider lowering the bar for yourself slightly and save the bigger goal for next time.
Does this goal really help you address the main issue? If not, how can you get to the heart of the problem more directly?
What is your time frame for carrying out your plan for achieving this goal? Different goals require different time frames; two or three weeks might be a reasonable amount of time for some, while others might require more time. At that point, you can revise your goal as needed or create a new one.
What’s your SMART goal for engaging families during the transition? Tell us in the comments!