Connect data and instruction to improve practice

Gathering data and using it to inform instruction is a requirement for many schools, yet educators are not necessarily formally trained in how to do it. This book helps bridge the gap between classroom practice and the principles of educational psychology. Teachers will find cutting-edge advances in research and theory on human learning and teaching in an easily understood and transferable format. The text's integrated model shows teachers, school leaders, and district administrators how to establish a data culture and transform quantitative and qualitative data into actionable knowledge based on: Assessment; Statistics; Instructional and differentiated psychology; Classroom management

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Building a culture to use data

In this chapter we focus on how to use data for schoolwide collaborative inquiry, the kinds of data that are used for continuous school improvement, and how teachers use data for making decisions about instruction to improve student learning. The concept of collaborative inquiry is fundamental to the use of data. Recall that Means and colleagues (2011) found that teachers working collaboratively showed evidence of greater data literacy than individual teachers. They can compensate for the lack of individual skills and knowledge. Collaboration has many benefits, but it must be supported by school leadership through a comprehensive vision for how data are to be used. A vision helps to guide how data are expected ...

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