In the month since Data Champion Summit, I’ve spent a lot of time reflecting on this year’s conference—thinking about the insightful conversations between Data Champions at the lunch table, remembering the powerful panel discussions with St. Louis Public Schools, KIPP Bay Area, and Harvard (just a few of many), and visiting the Data Champion HUB to find more information about the sessions I couldn’t attend.
One common theme throughout Summit was the collaboration amongst Data Champions. Every session provided an opportunity for Data Champions to share information, from what’s working in their district to how they designed custom reports to solve a problem. And that’s not all, they even exchanged book recommendations!
Some of the featured books in no particular order…
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- The Data Warehouse Toolkit: The Complete Guide to Dimensional Modeling by Ralph Kimball and Margy Ross — A great choice for those beginning to explore data architecture.
- Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard by Chip and Dan Heath — Recommended by a Data Champion friend who found it helpful when developing data culture at his organization.
- The Shame of the Nation: The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America by Jonathon Kozol — Examines inequity in American public schools.
- Any of Edward Tufte’s books — Imaginative visualizations on all sorts of data.
- StrengthsFinder by Tom Rath — Personality typology that focuses on playing to an individual’s strengths. Mentioned during the Supporting Great Data Champions session as especially helpful for managers.
- Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown — Another gem from the Supporting Great Data Champions session, this book shares the meaning of essentialism and how to focus on only the most important things in your work.
- Measuring Up: What Educational Testing Really Tells Us by Daniel Koretz — Super helpful when designing reports and when helping teachers and staff understand exactly what data is describing to them.
- Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen — Shares how productivity is directly related to our ability to relax. When our minds are relaxed, our thoughts are more organized and therefore, we can be more productive.
- Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck — Explains the power of growth mindset and how with the right mindset, you can reach your goals both personal and professional.
- Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…And Others Don’t by Jim Collins — Insights about what makes a business truly great.
- How Not To Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking by Jordan Ellenberg — Shows us how math isn’t confined to abstract incidents that never occur in real life, but rather touches everything we do.