This free webinar, the second in a series, examines the components that support effective data use in the rural setting for continuous improvement at the school, classroom, and student levels.

School and district personnel, especially from rural schools

Jackie Burniske
Dissemination Director
REL Southwest
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Introduction
REL Southwest Staff

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Components: Data Literate Culture
Dr. Ellen Mandinach, Diana Nunnaley

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Two Rural Principals' Perspectives
Vicki Wilson, Janna Davis

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Question-and-Answer Session
Facilitators and Presenters

Transcript

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Resources and Video Clips

View the archived resources for Part I of this series.

Overview

Building on Part I, which examined the systemic nature of embedding data use in day-to-day practice in rural schools and classrooms, this webinar explores the interrelationships among components that foster a culture of data use in rural schools. Two experts in the field discuss components that foster data use, followed by two rural school principals, who share their successful experiences implementing a data literate culture at an Oklahoma elementary school.

Outcomes

  • Understand key aspects of effective data use based on research and best practice evidence
  • Gain familiarity with the benefits of effective data use as well as the challenges and strategies for addressing them
  • Begin to implement a culture of effective and responsible data use in your local context

Presenters

Ellen Mandinach, PhD

Ellen Mandinach, Ph.D.
Senior Research Scientist
WestEd

Ellen B. Mandinach, Ph.D., is a senior research scientist and the director of the Data For Decisions Initiative at WestEd. Dr. Mandinach is one of the nation's foremost experts in education data-driven decisionmaking. She has spent more than a decade examining how data are used at the state, district, school, and classroom levels. She has directed a number of projects that examine effective data use, most recently defining data literacy for teachers, determining how schools are building capacity for educators to use data, and developing instruments to measure teachers' data literacy. She has published widely, including two books on data-driven decisionmaking (Data-Driven School Improvement: Linking Data and Learning and Transforming Teaching and Learning Through Data-Driven Decision Making) with a third book on data literacy forthcoming. She holds a Ph.D. in educational psychology from Stanford University.

Diana Nunnaley

Diana Nunnaley
Director
TERC's Using Data Initiative

Diana Nunnaley, director and senior facilitator for the Using Data Initiative at TERC, has some 30 years of experience providing professional development and technical assistance to school administrators and leaders working to improve schools. At the heart of her work is a deep, underlying belief in the power of teachers to have a dramatic impact on their students' achievement—when the right supports are in place. Her work has focused on designing materials and activities to help school leaders and teachers develop the supports, techniques, and skills needed to transform schools into cultures of continuous learning. During the past 14 years, she has focused on teaching school leaders how to use data effectively to inform decisions, monitor the impact of changes in teaching practices, and assess the quality of teaching and learning through collaborative analysis of data by teachers, curriculum specialists, and other leaders.

Vicki Wilson photo

Vicki Wilson
Prekindergarten–Grade 1 Principal
Homer Elementary School, Byng Public Schools, OK

Vicki Wilson, along with teachers from Homer Elementary School, has participated in REL Southwest workshops focused on developing a culture of effective data use to inform classroom instruction. These workshops are part of an Educators and Data Use Pilot project with our Oklahoma Rural Schools Research Alliance. Read more about the workshops.

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Janna Davis
Grades 2–5 Principal
Homer Elementary School, Byng Public Schools, OK

Janna Davis, along with teachers from Homer Elementary School, has participated in REL Southwest workshops focused on developing a culture of effective data use to inform classroom instruction. These workshops are part of an Educators and Data Use Pilot project with our Oklahoma Rural Schools Research Alliance. Read more about the workshops.

Related Resources

The following peer-reviewed articles and publications provide the basis for the presentations.

Institute of Education Sciences (IES) practice guide:

Publications and peer-reviewed articles:

  • Datnow, A., & Park, V. (2104). Data-driven leadership. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
  • Love, N., Stiles, K. E., Mundry S., & DiRanna, K. (2008). The data coach's guide to improving learning for all students: Unleashing the power of collaborative inquiry. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.
  • Mandinach, E. B., & Jackson, S. (2012). Transforming teaching and learning through data-driven decision making. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.
  • Wayman, J. C. (2005). Involving teachers in data-driven decision-making: Using computer data systems to support teacher inquiry and reflection. Journal of Education for Students Placed At Risk, 10 (3), 295–308.
  • Wayman, J. C., Cho, V., Jimerson, J. B., & Spikes, D. D. (2012). District-wide effects on data use in the classroom. Education Policy Analysis Archives, (20) 25.