I've been getting a lot of positive feedback on the white paper that I wrote last year for Microsoft so I thought I would share it as a resource here. I wrote Data-Driven Teachers with the intent of trying to concisely summarize the great work being done on data-driven school reform by folks such as Mike Schmoker, Rick DuFour, Victoria Bernhardt, Douglas Reeves, Rick Stiggins, etc.
Data-Driven Teachers is only ten pages long and utilizes the data-driven change framework that I have used with thousands of educators from across the country. Each section of the paper describes what teachers and principals should be doing for that particular data-driven concept. The last page of the paper is a table from a draft of the Professional Development Framework for Data-Driven School Improvement that I created for the Chicago (IL) Public Schools.
Data-Driven Teachers is a nice introduction to the concepts of data-driven school reform and is a good reminder of some essential activities that often are missing in school organizations. School districts have been using it to quickly ramp up their teachers and administrators conceptually, to give their educators a common framework and language for discussion, and to remind staff of key actions that need to occur as they work to better utilize student learning data to improve instructional and organizational decision-making.
If you find the white paper useful, drop me a comment!
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It's one of the most consistent patterns in the unviverse. What causes it?
- Spinning discs are everywhere – just look at our solar system, the rings of Saturn, and all the spiral galaxies in the universe.
- Spinning discs are the result of two things: The force of gravity and a phenomenon in physics called the conservation of angular momentum.
- Gravity brings matter together; the closer the matter gets, the more it accelerates – much like an ice skater who spins faster and faster the closer their arms get to their body. Then, this spinning cloud collapses due to up and down and diagonal collisions that cancel each other out until the only motion they have in common is the spin – and voila: A flat disc.
Both panoramic and detailed, this infographic manages to show both the size and distribution of world religions.
- At a glance, this map shows both the size and distribution of world religions.
- See how religions mix at both national and regional level.
- There's one country in the Americas without a Christian majority – which?
Do you have a magnetic compass in your head?
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