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6 Tips for Leading with Data for School Improvement


By Ellen Goldring and Mark Berends

Goldring and Berends are authors of the AASA book Leading with Data: A Path to School Improvement, published by Corwin Press.

The anchor for school improvement efforts is a schoolwide focus on teaching and learning. Toward that end, successful school leaders attend to school effectiveness indicators that are rooted in leading with data, including:

Saturday, October 23, 2010
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Today’s effective educational leaders use data extensively to guide them in making decisions, setting and prioritizing goals, and monitoring progress. They also use data to define needs, plan interventions and evaluate progress. This short paper outlines key considerations to think through to ensure the best use of data for effective leadership.
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Strategies for School System Leaders on District-Level Change: Preparing All Students (All Means All) for a Rapidly Changing World

Thursday, May 14, 2009
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The world we live in and that our students will inherit is now facing massive challenges and revolutionary changes. Technological developments accelerate change at dizzying rates. The one-word description of this revolution is “globalization.” Globalization means that an economic crisis in the United States or Southeast Asia has worldwide implications. It also redefines the world of work in terms of workforce competitiveness, while opening opportunities for innovation and cross-cultural connection. As President Barack Obama observed in a speech on education, “A child born in Dallas is now competing with a child born in New Delhi.” All of this has enormous implications for K–12 education in the United States. Our children and young people—all of them, regardless of race, class, language of origin, ability or disability— need to be prepared for success in a world that does not yet fully exist.
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College and Career Readiness

Pittman writes, “No matter who is doing the measuring, the college- and work-readiness rates of high school seniors and high school graduates are appallingly low.”

Sunday, June 6, 2010
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In a recent article entitled "College and Career Readiness" published in The School Administrator, Karen Pittman, Co-Founder and President of the Forum for Youth Investment, asks: Even if students graduate high school, are they really equipped for the next stage? Unsurprisingly, the answer she found was no.

Ready by 21 Policy Alignment Series Overview

The Ready by 21 Policy Alignment Guide consists of two parts:

The Overview and Rationale makes the case for policy alignment and provides an overview of strategies to ensure that policies aligns with existing efforts to: collaborate; establish big-picture goals and long-term plans; administer grants; engage young people in decision-making; improve quality and accountability; collect and use data to drive decision-making; and provide a flexible set of child and youth services.

Friday, October 22, 2010
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The Ready by 21 Policy Alignment Guide helps policymakers ensure that new child and youth policies align with existing efforts to create a seamless system of supports. The guide can be used to inform any policy that creates a funding stream related to children and youth, no matter what specific topic it addresses (e.g., education or youth employment or juvenile justice) and no matter what form it takes (e.g., a legislative statute, an executive order, or an agency or foundation Request for Proposals).
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Credentialed by 26 Series: Changing the Odds for Students- Spotlight on Kingsborough College

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Brooklyn, NY

By raising expectations, improving the use of institutional data to inform decisions, creating a high-level coordination body and shifting to more flexible resource allocation practices, every unit of the college has been involved in implementing strategies focused on increasing supports and improving persistence and graduation rates.

 

Thursday, August 4, 2011
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This issue brief examines how leaders at Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn, NY have changed the way they do business and as a result increased student success.
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Credentialed by 26 Series: High Expectations & Strong Supports Yield Postsecondary Success

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Brockton, MA

This brief describes how YouthBuild Brockton, as part of YouthBuild USA’s Postsecondary Education Initiative, is partnering with Massasoit Community College to move from dropout recovery into postsecondary completion. It also summarizes research on student supports in higher education and features a conversation with Ann Coles, senior associate at the Institute for Higher Education Policy.

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Chart of supports needed to help young people to and through higher education.

Thursday, August 4, 2011
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This brief demonstrates that it is in fact possible to insulate the education pipeline for older, vulnerable youth by providing the supports necessary for their success.
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Credentialed by 26 Series: Insulating the Education Pipeline to Increase Postsecondary Success

The Forum for Youth Investment has challenged leaders across the country to ensure all young people are Ready by 21 – ready for college, work and life. Embedded in the challenge are several key ideas: 1) readiness requires investments in youth from birth into the early twenties, 2) readiness should be measured broadly, with indicators that go beyond high school graduation, and 3) readiness is influenced by a broad range of systems and settings.

Thursday, August 4, 2011
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The first in a new Ready by 21, Credentialed by 26 series, this issue brief explores why postsecondary completion is an important goal and looks at how the U.S. is currently faring.
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