Tools and techniques from the trailblazers in data-basededucation reform
Over a period of several years, Amanda Datnow and Vicki Parkvisited public schools with a reputation for being ahead of thepack in data-driven decision making. The results of this pioneeringstudy reveal how education leaders can make data work for studentsand teachers, rather than against them.
This book is an essential guide to meeting the challenges ofhigh-stakes accountability, building performance-based schools, andimproving student outcomes. By following the advice in this book,you’ll be able to transform data overload into adata-positive school culture. You’ll learn the differencebetween “data-driven leadership” and“data-informed leadership,” and how to use distributedleadership to inspire collaboration and guided analysis.
Incorporating narrative reflections drawn from real educatorsand administrators, the authors refine their observations andinterviews into practical conclusions that leaders can put to useimmediately. This book empowers leaders to support inquiry, buildtrust in data-based initiatives, establish goals for evidence use,and provide educators with the skills they need to mobilize datafor the good of all stakeholders.
“Datnow and Park’s ideas are easily accessible andgrounded in clear examples, and their seven ‘calls’about what needs to be done nail the problem and the solutions. Usethis book as your action guide and you’ll be rewarded withbetter results in student learning.”
—Michael Fullan, professor emeritus,University of Toronto
“Datnow and Park uncover, at last, what it means to usedata to inform leadership. Documenting the four P’s (people,policies, practices, and patterns) in schools, we learn about theorganization and dynamics of reform informed by data. A mustread!”
—Ann Lieberman, senior scholar,Stanford University
|Series:||Jossey-Bass Leadership Library in Education Series , #12|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.50(d)|
About the Author
AMANDA DATNOW is a professor in the Department ofEducation Studies at the University of California, San Diego.
VICKI PARK is assistant professor in the Department ofEducational Leadership at San José State University.
Table of Contents
The Authors ix
Chapter 1 The Promise and Pitfalls of Data-Driven Decision Making 1
Chapter 2 The Four Ps of Educational Reform: People, Policies, Practices, and Patterns 25
Chapter 3 Reculturing for Data Use 45
Chapter 4 Goals, Routines, and Tools for Data Use 67
Chapter 5 Using Data for Instructional Improvement 95
Chapter 6 Facing the Future with Data-Informed Leadership 117
Appendix Characteristics of Case Study Schools and Districts 129