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Data Wise in Action: Stories of Schools Using Data to Improve Teaching and Learning

Data Wise in Action: Stories of Schools Using Data to Improve Teaching and Learning

By Kathryn Parker Boudett

2007

Harvard Education Press

Introduction

Data Wise in Action contains the true accounts of eight very different schools who decided to improve teaching and learning through the Data Wise process.

Summary

Each of the eight steps in the Data Wise process is highlighted with its own separate chapter. Each chapter is written by a different contributor and uses individual case studies to illustrate a particular step of the process. For example, Chapter 1: Organizing for Collaborative Work, chronicles how Pond Cove Elementary School overcame an unsuccessful first experience with a data initiative and started their work all over again. Principal Tom Eismeier's goal was to build a data team from scratch and help teachers reengage with the Data Wise process to inform and improve teaching and learning. Each chapter includes a table containing enough information to situate the school, its staff, and their needs in a narrative. Samples of their work are included. Each chapter closes with a summary of lessons learned from the case and reflection questions.

Recommendation

Recommended for all educators interested in following the Data Wise process to improve student learning.

Book Review

By highlighting several different schools, each with its own needs, challenges, and realities, an interesting series of snapshots from the field is created. The narrative of each school is used to illustrate one step in the Data Wise Process.