The purpose of these learning series’ is to support participants in deepening their understanding of effectively using data in a Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS).
The conditions or culture for effective data use are foundational to sustain data practices over time. “It is the task of school and district leaders to establish the vision and work toward it with strategic attention given to the three conditions for data use” (Ronka, Geier & Marciniak, 2010). In this series, participants will learn about and explore the necessary conditions including data culture, data capacity, and data quality.
In the first Data learning series, Leading a Culture of Effective Data Use, we focused on the culture, capacity, and quality of data and set a foundation for this learning series, Engaging in Data-Based Problem Solving. We want to foster coherence by connecting all three of the Data learning series and your vision of improving outcomes for all students. Establishing a data culture (Series 1) allows districts and schools to engage in authentic data-based problem solving (Series 2) and creating a plan for improvement using data to inform decisions (Series 3).
Improving how we work, specifically within the continuum of improvement planning, leads to improved student outcomes. “The ultimate goal of continuous school (or district) improvement is to create learning organizations that have the ability to develop their capacity to create the results they desire” (Bernhardt, 2013).