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Creating a Data-Driven Culture


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All About the How: Using Data for Desired Results
In my first post about data, Demystifying Data-Driven Instruction, I stated that “the ability to leverage data in the form of leading indicators of learning, leveraging time differently, and leveraging technology to inform, influence, and impact teaching and learning” are critical to transformative impact at the classroom, school, and school system level. Similarly, in What Can Cereal Teach Us About Data, I posited a framework to select the “right” data, as well as a theory of action for professional learning to assist with building and sustaining a foundation for effective use of data. In this third and final installment of my blog series, I’ll now explore how to use data to achieve the results you desire. This isn’t intended to be a quick theoretical musing. Rather, I will build upon my previous posts and share insights resulting from the difficult, challenging, and rewarding work being done by incredibly dedicated educators. - See more from Dr. Firn at

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Creating a Data-Driven Culture

  1. 1. Creating a Data-Driven Culture Dr. Gregory Firn
  2. 2. Demystifying Data-Driven Instruction “As an educator, I’m both sensitive and guarded in any discussions about data. The use and abuse of data has created a sense of cynicism and skepticism in educators that, for the most part, leaves many with a completely tainted point of view.”
  3. 3. 3 Considerable Trends When using data to drive transformative change: Trailing—Not Leading—Indicators of Learning Intensity of Time Access, Reliability, Dependability, and Utility of Technology
  4. 4. What is the Value of Data? Not All Data is the Same! “Much like cereal shopping, determining the value and utility of data is equally complicated and challenging. It’s no surprise that many find themselves overwhelmed with what to do with it.”
  5. 5. 2 Factors for Effectively Using Data Selecting the right data Building the capacity, competence, and confidence of staff to effectively use data
  6. 6. But HOW! The ‘Alice in Wonderland’ Effect Alice asked, “Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat. “I don’t much care where—,” said Alice. “Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat.
  7. 7. Finding Your ‘How’ for Desired Results Immediacy of feedback Simplicity of data Relevancy of data to specific lessons
  8. 8. “This is how educators can impact change, by having the tools to surface immediate actionable insights to data that informs, creates awareness and understanding of the learning effect of an instructional moment, lesson, or activity in real time.” Dr. Gregory Firn Creating a Data-Driven Culture