The Data Quality Campaign kicked off Teacher Data Literacy Week 2020, an annual conversation about the power of data to inform instruction. In an effort to help district administrators promote positive data practices to build a strong data culture within their schools, we’re sharing a few helpful tips on data literacy basics.
A well implemented early warning system can help district and school leaders identify students in need of support and develop and monitor interventions to keep them on track. Schoolzilla’s Student Intervention Groups help your teams move more quickly from data toward action to meet your strategic goals.
Trust is only part of helping your coworkers develop a positive relationship with data. After all, as an assistant principal in Oregon once told us, “data is always emotional and personal because district and school staff’s dedication to students is emotional and personal”. It’s crucial to anticipate when other feelings may arise and how to react supportively.
Many educators and school system staff have an uneasy relationship with data. Maybe it’s been used to penalize or judge them in the past. Perhaps it’s intimidating. Or it may simply feel disconnected from the other work they do on a daily basis. Whatever the case may be, assume that some of your colleagues don’t feel as comfortable with data as you do. And, until they trust the data you give them itself, show them that they can trust you.
This week we’re focused on data literacy basics. We can’t assume that everyone in the room is immediately familiar with a scale score…or even a small n-size. Set your entire team up for success by building in data literacy instruction that helps make insights clear to all.
Back-to-school is a great time to start the year off on the right foot when it comes to data. Why? You’re welcoming new students who will learn new things in new classrooms with new teachers. What’s more, your staff is also thinking about this year as turning over a new leaf. They must learn to effectively support many new students as soon as possible.
September is Attendance Awareness Month and we hope you take some time to reflect on what you can do to help get your students to school every day.
I heard a very inspiring keynote today at the New York DATAG Summer Conference. Dr. John Hodge of the Urban Learning and Leadership Center in Virginia spoke about how important a caring adult can be to student success.
Mosaic’s latest feature, Metric Zoom, lets district and school leaders quickly discover patterns about how many students are exceeding, meeting or below expectations. With Mosaic’s Metric Zoom functionality, you can dive in to understand systemic trends and performance distribution patterns for key metrics.
In looking at data in their Mosaic District Progress Monitoring platform, district leaders at Newberg Public Schools found some surprising insights in their attendance data that led them to conduct empathy interviews with certain student groups in an effort to reduce chronic absenteeism.