Goal Keepers

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Minutes ago, I sent the following email to the Junior High School faculty and administration at The Westminster Schools.

Dear Junior High Faculty and Administration:

As has become my practice, I am sharing my Goals & Self-Assessment with you all. Please find them attached. Also, today, I published a series of three blog posts which are related to my goals, the goals and FAAR (Faculty Assessment and Annual Review) Plan, and the new Learning for Life vision statement. You can find them at the following links:

Goal Keepers, Part 1 of 3: http://itsaboutlearning.wordpress.com/2011/07/23/goalkeepers1of3/

Goal Keepers, Part 2 of 3: http://itsaboutlearning.wordpress.com/2011/07/23/goal-keepers-part-2-of-3/

Goal Keepers, Part 3 of 3: http://itsaboutlearning.wordpress.com/2011/07/23/goal-keepers-part-3-of-3/

As you near the returning to school, I hope you will peruse my goals and give me any feedback. When we are back in full swing, I look forward to meeting with you Junior High faculty about your goals, self-assessment, and student/course feedback.

I hope you are all well! Enjoy these days of summer. If I can do anything for you, give me a holler. I am officially back in my office on Monday, July 25.

Take care,


While I realize that the three referenced posts are long, I hope that at least a few readers here at Connected Principals will take the time to explore, read, and comment. I am curious about your own goal-setting processes, your own professional learning plans at your respective schools, and your own vision for learning for life. I know I could learn so much from the sharing of ideas and practices.

One Comment

  1. You have prompted me to reflect deeply and I will most certainly be sharing these three posts with my educational leadership team. There is so much that I appreciate in your efforts; the nurturing of professional learning communities within a school-wide professional learning community; the deliberate effort to create a cretive, synergistic “we” and not an “us” and them; the integrity of clearly setting and sharing your own goals which seem to focus far more on ways of “being” than on specific things to be “doing; a strategic plan that combines school-wide and individual goals and allows for flexibility while holding standards high; and the metaphor of individual rafts moving together in the same direction. Your faculty (and educational leadership) assessment and annual review process is the most intriguing I have yet encountered, creatively combining a range of reflective, collaborative processes. You have posed questions I have been striving to articulate and have even offered a range of potential answers. I thank you!

    July 24, 2011

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