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What are the benefits of this seminar?

Participants will learn:

  • What the data team process is and how this system will enhance data-driven decision making at the school and classroom level
  • How this process relates to district (Tier I) and school (Tier II) student achievement goals
  • What assessments data teams will create to gather immediate student achievement information related to areas of urgency
  • How the data team process addresses your most pressing issues and questions related to reading, writing, and mathematics student achievement
  • What data team leaders need to do in order to establish and facilitate a data meeting
  • What tools are needed by data team leaders

This one-day seminar is designed for classroom teachers who will serve as data team leaders and data team members. In addition to the teacher-leaders, this seminar includes principals because they serve as the key support person for data team leaders. The data-driven 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.

This seminar is key for success in applying the data process. Principals will understand the importance of meeting with the data team leaders once a month to collect student achievement data and to address concerns or issues the data team leaders bring to the meeting. They will also learn how to monitor continuous improvement related to year-long goals by the incremental, monthly goals established by each data team.

What are the learning objectives of this seminar?

During this interactive seminar, participants will:

  • Learn what constitutes a data team
  • Formulate how to find time for data team meetings during contract hours 
  • Understand the key role data team leaders play, as well as their responsibilities
  • Understand how to select data team leaders
  • Outline steps in the collaborative data team process
  • Set up the first step in data team process
  • Study the structure a data team meeting must follow
  • Practice facilitation skills.


Formative Assessment Paper – An Overview

Data Team

Essential Readings:

Beyond the Numbers: Making Data Work for Teachers and School Leaders, Stephen White, Ph.D., Lead & Learn Press


The Leadership and Learning Center