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  • 1. RYHT  AND  SAISD:  BECOMING  DATA  WISE  
  • 2. …  will  change  the  way  you  think   about  data.*   *  Especially  if  you  think  schools  are   already  too  data-­‐driven  as  it  is.  
  • 3. What  is  it?   The  RYHT  and  SAISD:  Becoming  Data   Wise  program  is  a  transformaIve  methodology  designed  to  revoluIonize  public  educaIon  by  fostering  a  culture  of  data-­‐driven  decision-­‐making  across   San  Antonio  Independent  School   District.    
  • 4. It’s  a  collaboraIve,  cyclical  process   designed  to  keep  instrucIon-­‐related  decision-­‐making  grounded  in  objecIve,   observable,  measurable  data  at  all   Imes.  
  • 5. Who  designed  it?   Based  on  research  by  and  in   collaboraIon  with  Dr.  Kathryn   Boude?  at  Harvard  University,  the  iniIaIve  was  created  in  partnership  between  RYHT  and  San  Antonio  ISD.  
  • 6. What’s  the  goal?   The  goal  of  the  iniIaIve  is  to  dramaIcally  increase  student  achievement  by  transforming   the  way  instrucIonal  changes  are  made  to   address  specific  challenges  in  our  schools.  
  • 7. Which  is  no  small  feat…  
  • 8. …  and  yet  it’s  surprisingly  simple.   It  all  comes  down  to  how  we  look  at  things.  
  • 9. But  wait…   What  if  I  am  someone  who  thinks  schools  are  already  too  data-­‐driven   as  it  is?  
  • 10. Then  we  should  probably  take  a  step   back  and  define  what  we  mean  by   “data”  
  • 11. A  common  misconcepIon  when  we  say   “data”  is  that  we  are  talking  about  standardized  test  scores.  While  these  are  an  important  source  of  data,  they  are  not   very  good  at  driving  day-­‐to-­‐day   instrucIon.      
  • 12. What  we  mean  by  data  is  anything   that  you  can  count,  hear,  or  see.     This  could  be  anything  from  exit  slips  from  a   lesson  to  the  number  of  students  with  their   heads  on  their  desks  during  class,  to  the   instances  of  bullying  in  a  given  Ime  frame.    
  • 13. Data  is  just  another  word  for   concrete  evidence.   And  the  first  thing  you  need  to  do  to   solve  a  problem  is  to  locate  it,  gather   evidence  on  it,  and  define  the  soluIon   based  on  where  you  are  now.  
  • 14. So  how  does  the  system  work?   A  team  of  educators  from  various   leadership  levels  is  assembled  and  sent   to  the  Data  Wise  program  at  Harvard,   where  they  are  trained  in  the  step-­‐by-­‐ step  applicaIon  of  the  process.    
  • 15. The  team  returns  to  school  having  acquired  four  new  skills  or  paradigms:   A  mindset   A  common  language   RYHT  and  SAISD:   Becoming  Data  Wise   The  ability  to  effect  a   A  new  way  to   sea  change  in  campus   collaborate   culture  
  • 16. A  mindset:  The  main  point  to  remember  is  that  the  RYHT  and  SAISD:  Becoming  Data  Wise  program  is  not  a  finite    project   but  an  ongoing  process,  a  way  of   thinking,  talking,  and  acIng  that   enriches  conversaIons  about  data.  
  • 17. A  common  language:  Because  it  is  a  collaboraIve  process  that  only  works  when  it  is  applied  in   a  systemic  fashion,  it  requires  that  everyone  speak  the  same  language.  
  • 18. A  new  way  to  collaborate:   These  shared  goals  and  methods   result  in  a  collecIve  evidence-­‐gathering  that  never  feels  personal,   value-­‐laden  or  threatening,  but  rather  transparent  and  construcIve.  
  • 19. Teams  are  beTer  equipped  to  idenIfy  systemic  problems  than   individuals   because  they  are  able  to  observe  one   another  and  locate  systemic  issues  as   a  team.  
  • 20. When  you  keep  seeking  evidence  of  your  progress  and  acIng  on  it,  you  can’t  help  but  improve  your  performance.  
  • 21. The  result?  
  • 22. A  sea  of  change    in  campus  culture.  When  used  consistently,  the  system  results  in  dramaIc  improvements  in  student  achievement  and  success!  
  • 23. In  2010,  RYHT  sent  a  team  of   educators  from  Poe  Middle  School  to  the  Data  Wise  Summer  InsItute.   They  were  trained  in  instrucIonal   pracIces,  data  analysis,  and  best   pracIces  in  how  to  examine  instrucIon.    
  • 24. Their  big  “A-­‐HA!”  moment?  They  thought  they  knew  how  to  look   at  data,  but  realized  they  didn’t.  
  • 25. In  the  first  year  alone,     they  saw  big  results.   Over  a  one  year  period,  students  at  Poe  Middle  School  grew  from  a  passing  rate  of   72%  to  80%  in  math  on  the  TAKS.  Special  educaIon  students  grew  from  34%  to  71%   passing  in  math.  
  • 26. …  not  to  menIon:   Pre-­‐Data  Wise  (2010)   Post-­‐Data  Wise  (2011)   Poe  Middle  School:   Poe  Middle  School:     Percent  Commended  Performance   Percent  Met  Standard  in  Math  on   in  Math  on  TAKS,  2010  vs.  2011   TAKS,  2010  vs.  2011  18%   17%   17%   90%   79%   80%   81%  16%   15%   80%   75%   14%  14%   13%   70%   66%   65%  12%   11%   60%  10%   50%   8%   40%   30%   6%   20%   4%   10%   2%   0%   0%   Grade  6  Math  Percent   Grade  7  Math  Percent   Grade  8  Math  Percent   Grade  6  Math  Percent   Grade  7  Math  Percent   Grade  8  Math  Percent   Met  Standard   Met  Standard   Met  Standard   Commended   Commended   Commended  
  • 27. For  Principal  Maria  Yesenia  Cordova,   the  experience  at  the  Data  Wise   Summer  InsItute  was   transformaIonal:   “I  went  from  manager  to   instrucIonal  leader  and  I  learned   what  good  teaching  looks  like.”