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Data! Dialogue! Decisions!

The Data Difference

Link relevant data to results instantly and consistently!

This powerful text offers school leaders a process for data-based decision making that includes the critical elements of school improvement: collaborative teams, meaningful data, and measurable results. Administrators and instructors select the data, dialogue about the findings, and then make informed decisions about improving student performance. Educators will learn to:

  • Select data that is easily accessible, collectible on an ongoing basis, and capable of impacting student achievement
  • Use the three-step cyclical model of data analysis
  • Create and assess goals that are specific, measurable, and results-oriented

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Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9780971733299
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Series: In A Nutshell Series
  • Year: 2004
  • Page Count: 120
  • Publication date: January 01, 2004

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The analysis of data for instructional decision making is a hallmark of the 21st century. Teachers and administrators alike need a process that links instant, consistent, and relevant data to instant, consistent, and relevant results. Data! Dialogue! Decisions! describes a simple process--selecting a piece of data, dialoging about the data, and making SMART goal decisions about how to increase student performance--that includes the critical elements for powerful school improvement: meaningful teams, managed data, and measurable goals. Using a collegial process, administrators and teachers choose their own school of class achievement data to analyze and interpret as they target "breakthrough" instructional decisions that yield rapid and quantifiable results. Results have been staggeringly successful.


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Brian M. Pete

Brian M. Pete, co-founder of Robin Fogarty & Associates, comes from a family of educators-college professors, school superintendents, teachers and teachers of teachers. He has a rich background in professional development. Brian has worked with the adult learner in districts and educational agencies throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand and the GCC in the Middle East. He has an eye for the “teachable moment” and the words to describe what he sees as skillful teaching. He delivers dynamic, humor-filled sessions that energize the audiences with engaging strategies that transfer into immediate and practical on site applications. Comments from school leaders often say that it is the best PD the staff has ever had.

Brian is co-author of: How to Teach Students to Think Within the Common Core, School Leaders Guide to Common Core Achieving Results,Supporting Differentiated Instruction: A PLC Approach, From Staff Room to Classroom: A Guide to Planning and Coaching Professional Learning, From Staff Room to Classroom II: The One-Minute PD Planner and The Right to Be Literate: 6 Literacy Strategies for the 21st Century. His works in progress include two pieces, one on inquiry learning with a focus on Problem-based Learning and the other on how to explicitly teach thinking skills in IB International Schools.

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Catherine A. Duncan

Catherine Sambo is vice president of Kinney and Associates where she supervises site-based and field-based staff, provides a leadership role in all sales/marketing presentations, and designs and implements workshops relating to the relationships between curriculum, standards-based assessments, and student achievement. With more than a decade of educational consulting experience in over 300 schools Sambo offers her expertise in the collection and use of data for improving classroom instruction and student performance. She received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Loras College and a master’s degree in educational administration from Governors State University.
Table of Contents

Table of Contents



What's It All About?

What's the History of Results-Driven Change?

How to Use This Book

1. The Data! Dialogue! Decisions! Process

Schmoker's Model of Results-Driven Change

Introduction to the Data! Dialogue! Decisions! Process

2. Data!

A Sign of the Times

What Kinds of Data Exist?

What Kinds of Data Are Available?

How Are Data Collected?

How Are Data Used?

3. Dialogue!

Teaming to Ask and Answer the Questions

The Four Questions in Brief

The Four Questions in Full

Action Plan


The Coaches' Meeting Revisited

4. Decisions!


Instructional Decisions

5. Troubleshooting

Data! Issues

Dialogue! Issues

Decision! Issues

General Issues

Professional Development Issues

Appendix A: Data! Dialogue! Decisions! General Format

Appendix B: State Standards in Reading Example

Appendix C: A Tale of Two City Schools: Making the Difference With Data

Appendix D: People Search


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