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Driven by Data: A Practical Guide to Improve Instruction

ISBN: 978-0-470-54874-5
336 pages
April 2010, Jossey-Bass
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Driven by Data offers valuable tips and general guidelines about data-based methods and the difficulties surrounding the implementation of data-driven instruction. Through a CD-ROM, this guidebook provides all the tools needed to launch data-driven instruction effectively, such as an implementation rubric, meeting agendas, calendars, assessment templates, and more. Written by Paul Bambrick-Santoyo, who has worked with over 1,000 schools across the nation, the book clearly shows how to maneuver through assessments and statistics. Bambrick-Santoyo offers vital tips, such as: how to create a data culture, how to run a successful data analysis meeting, how to write quality assessments, and how to deal with resistance from your teachers. The book also includes twenty case studies of high-performing schools. School leaders will find this resource useful for achieving remarkable results and immense gains, regardless of the school's background, leader, or demographic.

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Contents of the CD-ROM vii

About the Author ix

Acknowledgments xi

Foreword xiii

Preface xix

Introduction: What Is This All About? xxi

Data-Driven Success Stories

Fort Worthingon Elementary School (Baltimore, Maryland) xxviii

Williamsburg Collegiate Charter School (Brooklyn, New York) xxxv

PART ONE The Framework 1

1 Assessment: Where’s the Bar for Learning? 3

Data-Driven Success Stories

Morrell Park Elementary/Middle School (Baltimore, Maryland) 4

Achievement First Bushwick Charter School (Brooklyn, New York) 14

North Star Academy Elementary School (Newark, New Jersey) 24

South Bronx Classical School (Bronx, New York) 30

2 Analysis: Diving Deep—What Happened and Why? 37

Data-Driven Success Stories

North Star Academy Downtown Middle School (Newark, New Jersey) 39

Greater Newark Charter School (Newark, New Jersey) 51

Explore Charter School (Brooklyn, New York) 58

3 Action: Changing Teaching to Enhance Learning 69

Data-Driven Success Stories

Thurgood Marshall Academy Charter High School (Washington, D.C.) 70

Capitol Heights Elementary School (Sacramento, California) 76

Monarch Academy (Oakland, California) 86

Dodge Academy (Chicago, Illinois) 94

True North Rochester Prep (Rochester, New York) 101

4 Culture: Creating Conditions for Success 105

Data-Driven Success Stories

Chicago International Charter School (Chicago, Illinois) 108

Samuel J. Green Middle School (New Orleans, Louisiana) 116

Lanier and Riverview Middle Schools (Memphis, Tennessee) 122

5 Overcoming Obstacles: Frequently Asked Questions 127

Data-Driven Success Stories

Kingsbury Middle School (Memphis, Tennessee) 130

E.L. Haynes Public Charter School (Washington, D.C.) 138

PART TWO Leading Professional Development on Data-Driven Instruction 145

6 Leading Professional Development: How Do You Make It Stick? 147

Data-Driven Success Story

Holabird Academy (Baltimore, Maryland) 173

7 Framework: Professional Development Agendas and Activities 175

8 Assessment: Professional Development Agendas and Activities 185

9 Analysis: Professional Development Agendas and Activities 193

10 Action: Professional Development Agendas and Activities 213

11 Culture: Professional Development Agendas and Activities 225

12 Agenda for LeadershipWorkshop: Putting All the Pieces Together in a Comprehensive Workshop 235

Appendix: Highlights from the CD-ROM 241

Notes 281

Bibliography 285

Index 289

How to Use the CD-ROM 297

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Paul Bambrick-Santoyo is managing director of Uncommon Schools, leading six schools in the North Star Academy network that have achieved some of the highest results in the country. He has trained over 2,000 school leaders nationwide and is the Data-Driven Instruction faculty member for New Leaders for New Schools, the leading national urban school leadership training program.
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