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The Data Coach’s Guide to Improving Learning for All Students: Unleashing the Power of Collaborative Inquiry

The Data Coach’s Guide to Improving Learning for All Students: Unleashing the Power of Collaborative Inquiry

Nancy Love, Katherine E. Stiles, Susan Mundry & Kathryn DiRanna

2008

Corwin Press

Introduction

Referenced in a significant proportion of the EBP Project’s work, The Data Coach’s Guide to Improving Learning for All Students offers a completely comprehensive guide to implementing collaborative data inquiries and data teams. It aims to inspire teams to use the data process to improve schools and outcomes for all students. The framework offered, supported by the vast amount of tools provided, ensures that users gain knowledge and skills in how to lead the collaborative inquiry process with school data teams.

Some of the useful models detailed in the book include:
  • student learning problems and the decision making process
  • verify causes and the decision making process
  • Visual dialogue
  • Principle of equity
  • Pyramid of data

Summary

Tools from The Data Coach’s Guide to Improving Learning for All Students are used to support many of the workshops and seminars held by the EBP. Participants use the rubrics and diagrams (see the Essential Tools for Data Analysis - The Data Coach Model) as learning tools, but also to plan work in their schools and boards.

Recommendation

With a CD ROM included, which provides all the tools and a user guide for introducing the Using Data Process, this is an excellent reference for consultants with existing knowledge of the process and strong data literacy skills. It is helpful for coaches to use when working with new or existing data teams or school teams.