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Assessment Opinion To Keep Primary Students Learning and Growing, Start With Data
A district’s dedication to gathering and analyzing data provides stability in uncertain times.
Janice Pavelonis, January 17, 2021
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Teaching Opinion Improving Instruction With Student Data
Three educators offer ideas on how they use student data to improve their instruction.
Larry Ferlazzo, January 12, 2021
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Teaching Opinion Using Data to Support Students
Three educators write about how they use data to improve their instruction.
Larry Ferlazzo, January 11, 2021
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School Climate & Safety Opinion School Leaders: Here's What the Science Tells Us About Crisis Decisionmaking
Rather than get trapped by fear and anxiety over decisionmaking during the pandemic, school leaders should embrace what the research tells us, writes Yinying Wang.
Yinying Wang, March 19, 2020
4 min read
Data Kansas City Data-Sharing Effort Showcases Ballmer Group's Strategy
A $59 million investment in software developer Social Solutions aims to ease the flow of data among schools and social service providers.
Benjamin Herold, March 4, 2019
7 min read
Quinton Crump, 11, paints a model of Uranus in his after-school program at Isaac Litton Middle School in Nashville, Tenn. The city’s after-school programs get data from the school system so they can tailor lessons to students’ needs.
Quinton Crump, 11, paints a model of Uranus in his after-school program at Isaac Litton Middle School in Nashville, Tenn. The city’s after-school programs get data from the school system so they can tailor lessons to students’ needs.
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Student Well-Being After-School Programs Keep Learning Going With Student Data
Through a city-school partnership in Nashville, Tenn., after-school programs are using data to tailor lessons to students' learning needs.
Sarah D. Sparks, November 27, 2018
7 min read
Education Quiz Quiz Yourself: How Much Do You Know About Data-Driven Decisionmaking and Predicting Student Success?
Quiz Yourself: What are some of the barriers to data-informed instruction?
David Rosenzweig, August 29, 2018
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Career Advice Opinion How BIG Data Can Inform and Innovate HR in K-12 Education
In today's data-rich, technology-driven world, being a "data nerd" is cool. Even Harvard Business Review noted "data scientist" as one of the sexist jobs. While BIG data is making headlines globally, if used in appropriate ways, HR data can teach us a great deal about an individual's drivers and behavior, performance, needs, and their potential.
Emily Douglas-McNab, June 8, 2015
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Career Advice Opinion Research-Savvy Talent Management
Guest blogger Naima Khandaker writes about three strategies Talent Managers should utilize when selecting research to inform decisions and programs in their organizations.
Emily Douglas-McNab, February 9, 2014
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School & District Management Opinion Learning to Love Math: How One Teacher is Using MOOCs to Transform Instruction, Inspire Passion in Students
Let's take a moment to imagine a world in which people not only "get" math... but love math. Where would we be as educators? As individuals? As a workforce? As an economy? As a country?
Emily Douglas-McNab, September 21, 2013
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Recruitment & Retention Opinion New Report Examines Direction of K-12 Leadership
Today, the nonprofit Education Pioneers released The Invisible Lever: A Profile of Leadership and Management Talent in Education, an analysis of the current state of leadership in K-12 public education. The report offers three major findings developed using survey responses from more than 1,300 alumni of the organization's Graduate and Analyst Fellowship programs, as well as other data and research from across the country. Education Pioneers' fellowship programs recruit law, policy, education, and business graduate students for internships working with school district staff on special projects, performing academic, financial, human capital, or operational data analysis, and more.
Emily Douglas-McNab, July 24, 2013
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Career Advice Opinion A Quick Look At Our Nation's Education Data
If you're like me and love sharing data with others, infographics are a handy communications tool that breaks information into digestible chunks. Among the latest to join the infographic trend is the U.S. Census Bureau, as part of its "How Do We Know" campaign related to veterans, America's changing labor force, manufacturing, home-based workers, and two related to education that I wanted to share.
Emily Douglas-McNab, May 21, 2013
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Recruitment & Retention Opinion Using Customer Feedback for Continuous Improvement
The Chippewa County Department of Human Services (CCDHS) in Wisconsin works like most other government human services groups, providing child protection services, foster and respite care, elder abuse care, and more. However, they recently launched an innovative plan to gather customer feedback and use the data they collect to support improvement. From September 1-15, CCDHS is asking residents of the county to complete a short survey about the department's strengths and weaknesses as well as what services they need from the human services group. This is the first time the county has conducted such a survey.
Emily Douglas-McNab, September 7, 2012
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