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Robert T. Hess

Rob Hess is a practicing superintendent with 10 years of experience as a secondary teacher. He has been an administrator at the high school, middle school, and K-8 levels and served in the central office as a Student Achievement Leader. In 2003 he founded Breakthrough Schools, a grass roots network of educators dedicated to helping schools and districts achieve breakthrough school improvement results. He earned his doctorate from the University of Oregon and has taught classes at the University of Oregon, Oregon State University, Willamette University, and Lewis & Clark College on the following subjects: teacher leadership, professional development for administrators, priority leadership, school improvement planning, data analysis for school improvement, and research for education. The Data Toolkit is his fourth book. He frequently presents on the topics of: teacher leadership, professional learning communities, school culture, quality school improvement, and teacher/principal evaluation systems. His webpage can be visited at: www.thedatacoach.net, and he can be reached at: robhess1@mac.com


  • Data-Driven Decision Making
  • Leadership
  • School Improvement
  • Data



  • The Data Toolkit: This workshop provides each participant with the following practical data tools: Learning Targets, Analyze Your Students, Four Quadrants, Five Whys, Relations Diagram, School Improvement Mapping, Wagon Wheel, and Fishbone. Each tool will be explained, shared, and used to solve problems that participants are currently experiencing. Helpful handouts will be provided so participants can use these data tools in their PLCs to train others and support school and district improvement efforts.

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