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The Oregon Department of Education is working toward building the capacity of educational leaders to support schools and districts in using data to inform decision making. To support this goal, ODE, NWRCC, and TERC collaborated on a seminar designed to prepare data facilitators.
The Using Data Facilitator Seminar was developed by TERC with a grant from the National Science Foundation and evaluated by independent researchers. Using Data has been field-tested across the country in high-poverty, diverse urban and rural school districts. Over two and one-half years of implementation, the program has documented gains in mathematics and science achievement and narrowing of achievement gaps between economic and racial groups, as well as increased collaboration, data use, and instructional improvement.
The purpose of the Using Data Facilitator Seminar was to build the capacity of educational leaders, known as data facilitators, to lead a process of collaborative inquiry with school-based data teams and to influence the culture of schools to be one in which data are used continuously, collaboratively and effectively to improve teaching and learning. Through this process, data facilitators gained essential skills and knowledge in three areas:
The Seminar was recommended for experienced leaders who can learn the process, apply it in their own diverse contexts, and ultimately train others to use data to improve teaching and learning. Priority was given to participants who serve Title I schools and districts, schools and districts that are designated "In Need of Improvement" status, and who were able to attend in regional teams. Participants included:
It was expected that all participants would be able to fulfill the following responsibilities:
Participants will be expected to attend all four sessions: the summer seminar, the fall seminar, the winter seminar, and the spring planning.