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4 Data Visualizations that Remove Barriers Between Data and Action

4 Data Visualizations that Remove Barriers Between Data and Action

In a previous BI Tool post, I highlighted some of the data visualizations that can be automated—and how they can save educators countless hours of time. I asked this question: If you can build a report that saves people time, is there any better outcome? I thought I’d expand on that idea a bit. Really, … Continue reading 4 Data Visualizations that Remove Barriers Between Data and Action

Improving PLC Meetings with Process & Data

Improving PLC Meetings with Process & Data

Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) have popularized over the years due to their emphasis on collaboration, their focus on using data to drive conversation and action, and their ability to discover insights that improve both instruction and student learning outcomes. While PLCs have a lot of value to offer, districts often encounter a number of logistical … Continue reading Improving PLC Meetings with Process & Data

Lessons from John Hattie: Unlocking the Power of Classroom Discussion

Lessons from John Hattie: Unlocking the Power of Classroom Discussion

This article was co-written with David Stevens, Berkeley Unified School District Imagine you went to see your doctor about a cold and she recommended a particular treatment. You, in turn, ask the doctor why she thinks it is the right option. In one scenario she replies: “I’ve heard it works, and it is also what … Continue reading Lessons from John Hattie: Unlocking the Power of Classroom Discussion

Data Visualization & Action Plans: Filling Gaps in Seeing the “Big Picture”

Data Visualization & Action Plans: Filling Gaps in Seeing the “Big Picture”

Almost every district, charter, or educational organization has a strategic plan. Sometimes, we refer to these as improvement plans or action plans. Strategic plans are partially an accountability piece, but they are also more than that: they help us articulate our goals for supporting students—and the specific, measurable actions we’ll take to achieve those goals. … Continue reading Data Visualization & Action Plans: Filling Gaps in Seeing the “Big Picture”

The Case for Assessment Literacy: Why It’s Critical for All of Us

The Case for Assessment Literacy: Why It’s Critical for All of Us

In the words of Dr. W. James Popham, assessment literacy “describes a person’s understanding of what education tests can do—and what they can’t. To be assessment literate, one needs to comprehend the basic concepts and procedures of education tests likely to influence education decisions.” Essentially, assessment literacy means we have broad knowledge and skills around … Continue reading The Case for Assessment Literacy: Why It’s Critical for All of Us

4 Types of Filters to Help You Find Patterns in Your Data

4 Types of Filters to Help You Find Patterns in Your Data

Schools and districts have increasingly turned to data visualization tools to better (and more quickly) understand their student data. At the student level, visualizing data can inform MTSS processes, intervention selection, at-risk identification, and more. At the class, grade, school, or district level, data visualization can help us “find patterns.” How many times have we … Continue reading 4 Types of Filters to Help You Find Patterns in Your Data

From Data Dolt to Superhero: Leveraging Micro-Data Trends for Personalization

From Data Dolt to Superhero: Leveraging Micro-Data Trends for Personalization

This brief was published originally by The Learning Counsel. It addresses the data issues that keep leaders from getting to real personalization from data collection, and provide the five steps to becoming a data superhero. Micro-data is an observation data-point collected on an individual subject—a statistical unit, as in one question with answer, one quiz, … Continue reading From Data Dolt to Superhero: Leveraging Micro-Data Trends for Personalization

What’s So Great About Data Driven Instruction?

What’s So Great About Data Driven Instruction?

Presented by Mark Adato – Transcription Below   Introduction Welcome to the “Illuminate Whiteboard Series.” My name is Mark Adato. I am an Implementation Manager on the D and A Team, and today, we’re talking about data driven instruction. So let’s talk about the components that go into the data driven instruction cycle, there are … Continue reading What’s So Great About Data Driven Instruction?

Does Your School District Need a Data Dashboard?

Does Your School District Need a Data Dashboard?

The most popular analogy used to describe a data dashboard is a car’s dashboard, which gives instant access to critical information. An automobile dashboard allows the driver to view the various instruments to monitor the many functions of the car and engine. In a car, the instruments will instantly tell you the status of fuel … Continue reading Does Your School District Need a Data Dashboard?

How IDEA Public Schools is Getting Data into the Right Hands

How IDEA Public Schools is Getting Data into the Right Hands

Since 2001, IDEA Public Schools has grown from a single school with 150 students to a network that currently serves 36,000 students and plans to grow to 100,000 students by 2022. IDEA has schools in the Rio Grande Valley, Austin, and San Antonio, and will open schools in Southern Louisiana and El Paso for the … Continue reading How IDEA Public Schools is Getting Data into the Right Hands