This session is designed for use by teams collaboratively to reflect about and guide leadership structures and actions for effective data use that informs school improvement. Effective schools use data purposefully to inform improvement actions. “You cannot lead what you do not know.” Teams who are successful with school improvement efforts “…keep data central to the conversations, seeking out and using multiple sources and multiple types to inform their choices and plans. They make sure the data are available to, visible to, and understood by everyone.” Many leaders have a powerful ally on their side: data. Increasingly, leaders are using data to make smarter decisions, and they are getting results. Instead of responding defensively to critics, they are armed with facts and figures that tell a more complete story and help critics understand the root causes of the challenges schools face. This session is to help leaders think about data as not only their ally, but as a flashlight. Is data being used to illuminate areas of strength and challenge on behalf of both students and educators? To what degree are we putting systems in place where data becomes our “friend,” always there to guide our next moves? Be guided through a “workbook” of hands-on activity to guide data leadership.
While there is much to celebrate in education in Wisconsin, the exceedingly large and persistent achievement gaps are certainly not one of them! But while these gaps are persistent, they are not insurmountable. This session will highlight key approaches for leaders in addressing the problem, resources available, and potential next steps for leadership action. The session will also provide participants with means for helping self and others examine underlying beliefs, which, in many ways, are often at the heart of any significant effect to ensure excellent learning and opportunities for every Wisconsin student.
Do you have different staff members in various places in the PLC journey? Do you feel like the captain of several boats in a fleet rather than one large ship? This session can help you navigate the fleet into smoother waters while raising student achievement, gaining staff proficiencies, and completing successful Student and School Learning Objectives. This workshop will provide real data examples of merging the PLC process into SLOs that increase student achievement for a win-win for staff and students. Templates will be shared to get you started or refine the journey for your school in Professional Learning Communities – and you can use them as evidence for your SLOs. This session is appropriate for any school level K-12. Both teachers and administrators would be able to put workshop information into action in their own PLC or their own school.