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Transforming Teaching and Learning Through Data-Driven Decision Making

Transforming Teaching and Learning Through Data-Driven Decision Making

October 2012 | 280 pages | Corwin
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:



Instructional and differentiated psychology

Classroom management

Data-driven decision making and data literacy skills are at the intersection of all of these areas, and the authors link them to show how to establish a vision and improve student learning. Included are vignettes that demonstrate the concepts in practice and tips for using technology to assist in the process.

About the Authors
1. The Context of Data-Driven Decision Making
2. What Research Tells Us About Data-Driven Decision Making
3. Technology to Support Data-Driven Decision Making
4. Continuous Capacity Building: Data-Driven Decision-Making Skills and Pedagogical Data Literacy
5. Using Data for Continuous Improvement: Processes and Structures
6. Building a Culture to Use Data
7. Differentiated Instruction Using Formative Assessments
8. CHOPS: Learning from Examples and Closing Thoughts

"I recommend this book for practitioners as they embark on the journey of discovery about what educators need to do to prepare to develop a culture that supports data-driven decision-making."

Margarete Couture, Principal
South Seneca Central School District, Interlaken, New York

"This book makes you think about education in a new way and shows teachers how to develop new skills to meet the demands of the 21st century. Instead of studying 'autopsy data,' the authors encourage teachers to gather data for learning rather than of learning."

Lauren Mittermann, Middle School Teacher
Gibraltar Area Schools in Fish Creek, WI

"The content flows easily from one topic to the next. The first chapter’s step-by-step orientation to the construct of the literature, along with the culminating chapter’s summarization and further clarification, provide consistency for while reinforcing the purpose of the book."

Cathy Patterson, Fifth-Grade Teacher
Walnut Valley Unified School District, CA

"Any teacher and many a classroom principal will find this a key title that pairs demonstrations of concepts in the classroom with keys to make the switch."

Midwest Book Review, September 2012

A complementary text for the new course in Master of Education Policy program aimed at school administrators and educational specialist whose work is associated with the data-driven decision making.
This text seems to be a good introduction to the rationale for using data in education context.

Ms Margarita Pivovarova
Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Arizona State Univ-Tempe
November 4, 2014

Ellen B. Mandinach

Ellen Mandinach is a Senior Research Scientist at WestEd. Dr. Mandinach has been a leading expert in the area of data-driven decision making at the classroom, district, and state levels. Her work over the past several years has focused on understanding how educators are using data to inform practice. She has written and spoken widely on the topic, and has served on a number of technical working groups and advisory boards on data use. Dr. Mandinach served as an expert panelist on the IES Practice Guide for data-driven decision making and on the technical working group commissioned by NCES to understand how researchers can better use the... More About Author

Sharnell S. Jackson

Sharnell S. Jackson is a nationally recognized instructional leadership consultant, coach, and executive strategist for school districts, foundations, businesses, and corporations. She has more than thirty-five years of K-12 experience as a classroom teacher, teacher leader, assistant principal, state director, chief executive officer of enterprise information and e-Learning. She has worked in rural, suburban, urban school districts, state departments and regional educational laboratories nation-wide. Sharnell is the Founder/CEO of her own company, Data-Driven Innovations Consulting, with a mission of implementing effective professional... More About Author

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