When numbers become people, learners thrive Waves of data–indigestible, dehumanized, and disaggregated–are crashing into the education system every day, driving you to distraction. But imagine a world where you’re not being drowned by data, but inspired by it; where that data has a FACE and gives you focused information on how to reach every student. Sharratt and Fullan turn worldwide research into a road map for school leaders to use ongoing assessment to inform instruction and drive equity at the classroom, school, district, and state levels. Inside you will find  • A fresh look at data to incorporate new learning  • Updated case studies, figures, and vignettes  • Insights from more than 500 educators in answering the 3 research questions: Why do we put FACES on data? How do we put FACES on data? and What are the top three leadership skills needed to do this work?  • An integrated approach to using the 14 Parameters to enhance Deep Learning and critical thinking  • Tools for committing to “equity and excellence” FACES is about setting up the conditions for success in every classroom: identifying the right factors, at the right time, with the right resources. Its focus on student-centered data will help you:  ◦ Increase learners’ growth and achievement  ◦ improve engagement that results in students, teacher and leader empowerment  ◦ build cultures of learning  ◦ drive a learning environment of continuous improvement



In this book we have used a range of case examples. Each case has its own context, but the message of success is remarkably consistent. Every situation of success has focused leadership. Such leadership sees the assessment-instruction nexus as the core work. They mobilize all others toward this task. They want to impact the whole system whether that is a school, a district, a province or state, or a country. But they do it in a way that pinpoints each and every individual. The only way to make this memorable is to conjure human FACES out of what are otherwise impersonal, and therefore meaningless, statistics. FACES make the whole enterprise meaningful. A leader’s most significant measure of success is evidence-proven impact, including individual success ...

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