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Date-Driven Decision Making and Data Teams

“This has been some of the best, most meaningful professional development I’ve had. I had high expectations and the training met all of them.” – Patricia McDermott, Highgate Elementary School

Course Description:

Data-driven Decision Making is designed for teams of principals, assistant principals,curriculum coordinators, superintendents, assistant superintendents, board members, and teachers. Participant teams will examine data and will make leadership and instructional decisions within the framework of a proven and effective process. The six-step data-driven decision making process includes:

  1. Treasure Hunt
  2. Needs Analysis
  3. Prioritizing Needs
  4. Setting Goals
  5. Identifying Instructional Strategies
  6. Determining Results Indicators.

Each step will take the teams deeper into new systems of thinking and applications of data. During the seminar participants must examine their own real data on real students so that the process is presented and understood in context. By the conclusion of the seminar, participants will have learned the process and made concrete improvement decisions about their district or school. Data Teams The decision making process comes alive and is systematically sustained through the simple but powerful formation of data teams. In order for the data process to work and be sustained, data team meetings must be scheduled so that they take place on a regular basis and the team meetings must be structured. Facilitators of the team meetings must be classroom teachers who create the agenda, monitor time, listen, and help move the team through the data process as it relates to their grade level and individual as well as group academic needs. Participants will also learn how to monitor continuous improvement related to year long goals by the incremental, monthly goals established by each data team.

About the Instructors

Bob Stanton is the Executive Director of the Lamoille Area Professional Development Academy and Assistant Superintendent of Lamoille South Supervisory Union. Susette Bollard is Director of Curriculum & Professional Development at Orange North Supervisory Union. Appropriate for all educators


Last summer, this course received an average course rating of 4.36 and an average instructor rating of 4.41

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