Sep 8, 2012 by

Share Your S.M.A.R.T. Professional Development Goals

I’ve had a few therapists ask me about writing S.M.A.R.T. professional development goals.  I can find some examples for teachers, information on “how” to write them and even a few templates.  However, there isn’t much out there for speech language pathologists to reference.  After a quick search I found no examples specifically for SLP’s.

Has anyone recently completed their professional development goals?  If you have, share your work.  Basically we all work on similar things and with similar students.  As a profession our goals should reflect our uniqueness and not be the same as teacher goals.   We’re bright people and can figure out how to write a goal but why reinvent the wheel.  Not that personal goals should all be the same but you may have though of a particular goal that is extremely appropriate but not typical.

Please share your thoughts and process around creating your S.M.A.R.T. professional development goals.  Leave a few examples or other resources.  We’re in this together and you’ll be appreciated more than you know.


  1. Mary

    We had a full day professional development day last Friday. After a general meeting of explanations, we were handed worksheets and instructed to break out into our “groups” to work on our goals. Most of these groups did the same or very similar goal (grade levels, middle school content teachers,etc). I paired up with the OT as we were the most similar regarding jobs. We started to write a professional goal centering our “consult” time on IEPs–how we were going to be consistent and timely, etc. We didn’t have time to come up with a finished goal but it will resemble an IEP goal when it’s finished. I will post more when I finish it.
    We have to write two goals, professional and a student performance goal. I am stuck on what direction to take for that…Thank you Teresa for opening this discussion.

  2. Debra

    I think it would be great to share professional and student centered goals. For my professional goal I worked on an articulation progress report. For the student centered goal I worked on a parent and teacher carryover sheet followed by a survey to assess its effectiveness. Both goals went well. I am working on ideas for the coming year. One of them may be to observe other SLP programs and compare service delivery. I see one from Mary on this site about consult time. I hope more SLP share ideas.

    • Jenelle

      How did your parent/teacher carryover sheet turn out? I’m interested in creating one!

      • Teresa Sadowski MA/SLP-ccc

        Hi Jenelle
        You might have sent this to the wrong blog. I can’t find a comment from a Debra.

  3. Sue

    I came up with a professional goal in response to my principal’s question about What is one professional goal you have this school year? ‘Given the rigor of the common core, I will provide support for language underpinnings by implementing the workload approach for students with a language disability.’ This means I’ll be increasing my collaboration with classroom teachers by using a work model that documents direct and indirect services for IEP students. I’m not sure if this is actually specific enough to be included on the new Danielson Model Teacher Evaluation that my district will begin to use this year.

    • Teresa Sadowski MA/SLP-ccc

      I think you are probably on the right track with what the school might want. I had a little chuckle when you used “the rigor” of the common core. CCS couldn’t be less rigorious. CCS does not understand that you have to teach, develop, use and practice, basic underlying language skills for kids to be successful. Also teach and continue practicing those skills at appropriate developmental times. That’s a whole other issue so don’t get me started:). I guess the only concern I have with your plan is, are you doing this in addition to your regular duties? Where is the time going to come from for you to go into the classroom setting. Have your hours been increased or the IEP you are responsible been modified to incorporate this model. If not you just created a lot more work for yourself or your claimed yourself a glorified assistant. Don’t get me wrong, I think collaboration with the teachers is an excellent idea. They need to have a better understanding of what we do. Just make sure there is time built into your schedule to do this right. I guess my other advice is to write the goal as simply as possible using the right jargon of course….your are going to have to take some data on this so make sure it is something very very simple to do. Thanks for taking the time to comment on my blog and please let me know how this turns out.

      • Sue

        Follow-up to the August Prof. Dev. Goal. Collaboration is considered part of SLP regular duties, and as an indirect service as part of ASHA’s Workload Approach. I did add consultation as supplementary aids/services on IEPs for a dozen students last spring. I do have 3 students that I’m now seeing in general ed. setting. Yes, that is a small number. I’ve created a ‘collaboration’ form for teachers to provide me with ELA vocabulary, specific stories per reading levels that I can utilize in therapy, essential questions, Social Studies/science vocabulary, math concepts, and writing lessons so I can stay inform with the new curriculum. I also included on the form to them, speech/language strategies that they can use with certain students (i.e. gesture cue to inform student that the teacher is listening for correct speech sounds). Collaboration is not just face to face which can be difficult to schedule since classroom teachers have common planning time per grade level but SLPs rarely can meet during those times. I have started documenting face to face discussions with teachers about students on a chart that I created. I do have collaboration time included in my schedule. I also contact some parents via email for more home suggestions during that time. The wording of my professional goal is not finalized yet. I plan to lead a voluntary group meeting for SLPs in my district to discuss ideas for professional development goals before the end of October.

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