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Got Data? Now What?: Creating and Leading Cultures of Inquiry

Got Data? Now What?: Creating and Leading Cultures of Inquiry

by Laura Lipton, Bruce Wellman


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Explore three defining challenges that school teams face when gathering, interpreting, and utilizing school data. Complete with survey questions for efficient data collection, group work structures, strategies, and tools—along with essential definitions and descriptions of data types—this compelling guide will help you confront data obstacles and turn struggling committees into powerful communities of learners.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781936765034
Publisher: Solution Tree Press
Publication date: 02/15/2012
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 207,061
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

About the Authors vii

Introduction 1

The Promises and Problems of Collaborative Cultures 2

What You'll Find in This Book 3

The Road to Learning 5

Chapter 1 Developing Cultures of Collaborative Inquiry 7

Shifting Values, Shifting Cultures 7

Defining, Developing, and Sustaining High-Performing Cultures 10

Describing the Seven Qualities of High-Performing Groups 10

Drawing on Feedback 15

Exercise Your Learning 19

Extend Your Learning 20

Scaled Group Inventory 21

Self-Assessment Inventory 22

Chapter 2 Introducing the Collaborative Learning Cycle 25

Activating and Engaging: Surfacing Experiences and Expectations 26

Exploring and Discovering: Analyzing the Data 29

Organizing and Integrating: Generating Theory 33

Exercise Your Learning 38

Extend Your Learning 38

Reflecting on Your Experience 39

Chapter 3 Avoiding Reality Wars 41

Pursuing Meaningful Data 41

Searching for Root Causes 43

Pursuing Worthy Problems 45

Identifying Causal Theories 46

Exercise Your Learning 49

Extend Your Learning 49

Choosing Which Data to Collect 51

Chapter 4 Knowing the Data Fundamentals 53

Two Types of Data: Qualitative and Quantitative 54

Triangulation and Disaggregation 58

Dimensions of Data 60

Visually Effective Data Displays 65

Exercise Your Learning 69

Extend Your Learning 70

Information Altitudes Exercise 71

Types of Survey Questions 72

Chapter 5 Developing High-Performing Groups 75

Group Member Knowledge and Skill 75

Skills for Talking About Data 80

Methods for Assessing Growth 85

Exercise Your Learning 87

Extend Your Learning 87

Four Dynamical Tensions: Assessing Your Groups Membership 88

Four Dynamical Tensions: Assessing Your Leadership 89

Four Dynamical Tensions: Assessing Your Group 90

Stages of Group Development 91

Group Work Structures 92

Chapter 6 Moving From Dialogue to Discussion to Decision Making 95

Three Constraints to Productive Discourse 96

The Tools for Talking 98

Dialogue: Divergent Discourse for Opening Choice 100

Discussion: Convergent Discourse for Clarifying Priorities 102

Decision Making: Convergent Discourse on Choice 103

Exercise Your Learning 109

Extend Your Learning 110

Spend-a-Buck 111

Chapter 7 Evolving Decisions Into Actions 113

Common Barriers to Effective Planning 113

Intervention Planning Template: A Graphic Planning Tool 115

Planning as a Learning Process, and Learning as a Planning Process 119

Exercise Your Learning 121

Extend Your Learning 121

Intervention Planning Template 123

References and Resources 125

Index 131

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