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Treasure Hunt

Developed by

EBP Project


This Treasure Hunt and Data Literacy Protocol are designed to enhance data literacy among educators, build capacity, and create a culture of collaborative inquiry in schools.


This Treasure Hunt protocol is a structured format, which includes a set schedule (60± minutes) and specific guidelines to facilitate each step of the process of introducing teachers to using data. This exercise allows for the evaluation of data literacy such as; types of graph selected, representation of frequencies, percentages etc. It also allows participants’ working methods  (graph titles, identification of axes etc.) to be assessed.

Context For Use

The protocol can be used as an introductory workshop activity to familiarize participants with academic data. It can replace Step 1 of the Data Team Process: Collect and Chart Data. The treasure Hunt protocol can be used to introduce a data analysis activity.


  • Knowledge activation - The protocol provides a structure for examining students’ work in an engaging fashion.
  • Knowledge mobilization - The process leads to rich discussions around teaching practices.
  • Knowledge transfer - The Treasure Hunt and Data Literacy protocol are collaborative exercises that promote continued learning.


  • The Treasure Hunt Protocol is a useful strategy to actively engage participants in data analysis.
  • Participants should be encouraged to interpret the data or provide explanations for results
  • Teachers already feel overworked and overwhelmed. They need to see the value in this approach. Highlighting how it adds value to their practice may increase engagement in the activities.
  • Building capacity in data literacy is a process that requires time and continued support.

Find Out More

The Pfeiffer Book of Successful Team-Building Tools: Best of the Annuals, Biech, E. (Ed.), (2007).

101 Ways to Make Meetings Active, Silberman, M. L. & Clark, K., (1999).

The Power of Protocols: An Educator's Guide to Better Practice, McDonald, J. P., Mohr, N. & Dichter, A., (2003).

Protocols for Professional Learning (The Professional Learning Community Series) (PLC), Easton, L.B., (2009).