Success at the Core Leadership Module

Success at the Core

is a professional development toolkit for teachers and leadership teams, designed collaboratively by Education Development Center (EDC), which designs, implements, and evaluates programs to improve education, health, and economic opportunity worldwide, and Vulcan Productions, Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul G. Allen’s award-winning film company. Original materials were funded by Vulcan Productions, Inc. and are used with permission.

Leadership Development Module

Using Data Effectively

Successful teachers draw upon multiple sources of data about student learning. And they understand how best to use this information to improve instruction. By educating themselves about the effective use of data, leadership teams can help build these capacities in their staffs. This module will guide your leadership team to: develop an understanding of how to use multiple data sources; analyze data to trace the causes of low achievement and find solutions; and articulate how to support teachers’ use of data to improve instruction.

Reflection Questions:
As you prepare to explore this module's resources, consider:
• What data sources do teachers at our school utilize?
• How do leadership teams (including schoolwide, content, and grade-level teams) promote and guide the use of data at our school?
• What's challenging about using data to improve instruction?

Video Resources

1. Data Walls
Shaw Middle School uses data in a variety of ways to improve instruction. Watch how a teacher and coach use a data wall to discuss one student's strengths and areas in need of improvement, and then plan instructional responses.

2. Data Carousels
The schoolwide leadership team at Mount Baker Middle School uses a data carousel activity to support the use of data to improve instruction. In this video, you’ll see what the team learns from the data and how they plan to act on this new information.

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