Today we met in small groups to create a goal, indicator, benchmark, and measure.
Our goal setting exercise was very interesting. It provided important insight into the complexity of the goal setting process. A number of points come to mind:
(1) The importance of wording and the careful control of the goal-setting process; (2) The importance of maintaining focus during the process (we can easily get bogged down in wording and loose sight of the real objective). (3) The emotional involvement in goal setting when it comes down to actual action steps. We were all pretty attached to our goals (even for hypothetical schools). This is important to remember when dealing with goals that have actual impact.
The survey tools we saw will also be very helpful.