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Goal Setting with a CLE Student

by John Ferrari

Jean Handler has been a part of the CLE Davie community since 2011. She has been a member of the Student Leadership Council since its inception in 2013 and Jean is entering the New Year with a keen eye on her future. “I’m ready to begin my career,” Jean said recently during a career development session. “I want to have a good job and use the skills I have learned from school.” Jean has created four goals that hold significant meaning to her, both personally and professionally.

Goal: Pass the Microsoft Office Specialist Exam certification exam

Jean has been working hard to review her course work and she wants to take the exam and obtain a passing score. She also takes practice tests to build her confidence in preparation for the live test.

Setting goals with Jean Handler - CLE Fort Lauderdale

Goal: Winning the Skills USA competition would be great, but just as long as I do my best I will be happy.

Jean was invited to join Skills USA and participate in the statewide competition in April at the annual conference. Jean will be entering the Employment Application Process competition where she will need to demonstrate readiness in applying for employment. Jean will be rated on her application, resume, portfolio, attire, and interview skills. “I’m excited and nervous to compete, but it will be a great experience”.

Goal: Complete a Docent training program in April

Jean volunteers at the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society where she is in a Docent Training program, studying the script and the historical facts of the city. In addition, in the program, Jean is required to obtain guest demographics, operate the retail space and provide directions. Jean’s goal is to complete the training program in April and become certified as a Docent. This experience has also given Jean a glimpse into the hospitality industry and customer service.

Goal: Increase awareness for those with metabolic disorders

Jean is also part of the organization Metabolic Global Solution (MGS) where she serves as Executive Director for MSUD. MGS is a new organization created to lend support to those affected by metabolic disorders such as MSUD and PKU. The organization is hosting their first annual Rare World United Weekend Rally in June. The event will take place in Marlborough, Massachusetts. The premier activity will be a walk-a-thon in which individuals from eight states and nine countries will simultaneously join together to walk for the cause.

Setting goals at CLE DavieJean’s goals serve to give her relevant and meaningful aims to achieve. With her hard work and support from CLE, we have full faith that Jean can attain her goals.

Good luck Jean!

Newsletter Articles – January 2016

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Individuals who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) typically have the executive functioning deficit of goal setting. Therefore, it is imperative as professionals to utilize a goal format that has a more concrete sense so our students can not only understand their goals, but see them in a way that they acknowledge as more achievable. The SMART goal format of constructing goals was created by George Duran in 1981 and since has been adapted as well as expanded by many other individuals with this original SMART goal concept (The SMART Goals Guide, 2014).

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The New Year traditionally is a time for new resolutions. But for many students, committing to a year-long goal, whether verbally or putting pen to paper, can be stress inducing. The pressure of making a resolution can even undermine their ultimate success. Yet, setting goals is important. So at Rockville CLE, we have framed this concept in a fun and adventurous way in order to avoid many of the normal pit-falls and obstacles that arise when our students are asked to formulate goals.

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As long as I can remember every January 1st people have begun the New Year with a promise of a better year. It’s a way to re-write the wrongs we didn’t from the previous year. The tradition stems all the way back to the Babylonian era. The Babylonians made promises at the start of each year that they would return borrowed objects and pay their debts. Doing the right thing and giving back does seem like a worthwhile idea. Sadly, in our modern times it has became more about ‘self’ with improving physical well-being topping the list of most popular goals for New Year’s resolutions.

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