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Using Data to Improve Learning for All

A Collaborative Inquiry Approach
School leaders will discover how to implement collaborative inquiry, use data systematically and effectively, and establish an equitable school climate to improve outcomes for all students.

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Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12, Elementary, Secondary
  • ISBN: 9781412960854
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2008
  • Page Count: 192
  • Publication date: September 26, 2008

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"This book will take you along paths forged by data trailblazers toward deeper understandings of the needs of students. The lessons learned will help you blaze your own trail."
—Page Keeley, President
National Science Teachers Association

Collaborative inquiry + effective use of data = significant leaps in learning and achievement!

Closing the achievement gap, reducing the failure rate of underserved students, and meeting accountability requirements are primary goals for educational leaders. This valuable handbook arms leaders with the tools to use data to work for students' benefit, with an emphasis on promoting equity within a culturally proficient school environment.

Presenting a conceptual framework and practical methods, this resource combines a powerful collaborative inquiry process, reflective dialogue, and rigorous use of data to improve outcomes for all students. The book includes detailed examples of schools that have demonstrated dramatic gains by building collaborative cultures, nurturing ongoing inquiry, and using data systematically. The editor and chapter contributors show school and district leaders how to:

  • Implement collaborative inquiry to meet accountability mandates
  • Build and support a high-performing data culture
  • Establish a school climate characterized by collective responsibility for student learning and a respect for students' cultures

The user-friendly overview and step-by-step guidelines help educators develop and refine the skills, knowledge, and dispositions needed to use data effectively and significantly improve teaching and learning.

Key features

  • Provides powerful evidence of the value of collaborative cultures, the rigorous use of data, and reflective dialogue in closing achievement gaps and improving results for all students
  • Includes a user-friendly overview and step-by-step guidance for planning and implementing the Using Data Process of collaborative inquiry
  • Provides educators with the skills, knowledge, and dispositions to put school data to work for improving teaching and learning
  • Chapters 5 and 6 provide detailed case examples of school cultures where collaborative inquiry is thriving and driving dramatic improvement
  • Includes a rationale, conceptual framework, and practical tools for bringing a culturally proficient perspective to collaborative inquiry and use of data


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Nancy Love

RBT’s Director of Program Development, Nancy is a leading expert in school data use and professional development. She has worked with schools across the country to develop Data Coaches and high-performing Data Teams and to put research about effective professional development into practice. As former Director of the National Science Foundation-funded Using Data Project, Nancy led the design and implementation of a comprehensive professional development program to improve teaching and learning through collaborative uses of school data. Participating schools significantly increased student achievement, teacher collaboration, and uses of data to improve instruction. Nancy has authored, co-authored, and edited several books and articles, including bestsellers The Data Coach’s Guide to Improving Learning for All Students: Unleashing the Power of Collaborative Inquiry with K. E. Stiles, S. Mundry, and K. DiRanna (2008) and Using Data to Improve Learning for All: A Collaborative Inquiry Approach (2009). Her most recent book is Designing Professional Development for Teachers of Science and Mathematics, 3rd edition(2010) with S. Loucks-Horsley, K. E. Stiles, S. Mundry, and P. W. Hewson.A dynamic and engaging presenter, Nancy is in demand as a motivational keynote speaker and workshop leader. In 2006, she was awarded the Susan Loucks-Horsley Award from the National Staff Development Council in recognition of her significant national contribution to the field of staff development and to the efficacy of educators.
Table of Contents

Table of Contents


About the Editor

About the Contributors


Part 1. Collaborative Inquiry

1. Building a High-Performing Data Culture

2. Getting Organized for Collaborative Inquiry

3. The Using Data Process: A Model for Collaborative Inquiry

4. Bringing Cultural Proficiency to Collaborative Inquiry

Part 2. Stories From the Field

5. A District Uses Data to Improve Results: Johnson County, Tennessee

6. A Data Team Problem Solves About Problem Solving: Clark County, Nevada

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