Student goal setting

Set goals for each semester jointly between the parents, student, and teacher.

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Have a periodic meeting between parents, student, and teachers to jointly set goals for the upcoming trimester or semester.  Write the goals down.  Have the student present at the end of the trimester or semester how they feel they have progressed against the goals that they set.

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Rebecca, thanks! I'm not sure I've heard the term culturally responsive before in this context. Were you thinking of something in particular that this would help with culturally?

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Jessica, I'd like to. I'm not sure at what age this starts to become possible. It seems like it may be more challenging to get input from the student at younger ages.

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Love this idea, Wesley - it reminds me of the kind of individualization we do for students on Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) that we revisit a few times a year and react to as a team, measuring progress and talking about what's working and what's not. I think this would be a perfect addition to a student-led conference, so that we're not just there discussing the most recent progress assessments or biggest project, but student- / family- / teacher-identified and co-created goals that reflect what each stakeholder sees as 'success' for that child. What a cool way to make it more collaborative and relevant, not to mention culturally responsive. Thank you for your thoughts - looking forward to seeing this develop further :)

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Wesley -- Thanks for sharing your idea. I have also found shared goals to be extremely powerful and a great way to bring a teacher, families, and the child together.

Is this something you've already started or are thinking about starting?