If you missed our webinar, “What is Data-Driven Professional Development and Why Does It Work”, you can watch the full recording here. Rebecca Berlin, Scott Siegfried, and Padma Rajan covered how they use data to improve child outcomes.
It’s (relatively) easy to collect observation and assessment data. But data isn’t enough. You have to learn what data is fundamental for improvement, and how to create meaningful reports around that data.
Take the work Scott Siegfried is doing with Miami Valley Child Development Centers (MVCDC), for example. He's collected data on child assessment, mentoring programs, and even an end-of-the-year opportunity for staff to reflect on the PD process. By knowing what data is most important for reaching their goals, MVCDC has kept an eye on trends and targets, as well as created new outlets for professional development.
We all know that when coaches can leverage data, professional development works better.
In Duval County, Florida, Padma Rajan knows that what gets measured gets improved. CLASS-reliable coaches used observation data as a part of their mentoring process, and in turn, Instructional Support scores went from an average of 2.00 to 2.38.
With data in hand, coaches can create individualized PD plans; teachers can more easily reflect on their strengths and weaknesses to make informed changes; and administrators can have visibility across what is taking place in their organizations and lead more effectively.
"I’ve just begun my journey into the world of coaching. I am eager and excited about this opportunity to help pave the way for more effective teaching. I’ve recently been given my list of classrooms that I will be working with and I’m anxious to get started. I get ready to meet my first teacher, Ms. Linda, and I just know that she will be excited to meet me and we will form an instant bond and work together for the benefit of the children in that classroom.
It’s been a great year. You have just conducted some professional development trainings for the group of teachers you are coaching. You got the opportunity to visit their classrooms and see them in action, do formal and informal CLASS observations, and had countless coaching conversations. You see that it’s all beginning to click. You have the teachers’ buy-in, and the motivation is high.
I lived in rural Japan for three years. While there, I became very accustomed to ordering the same types of entrees at restaurants due to my limited ability to read menus and my unwillingness to eat foods outside my comfort zone. So imagine how overwhelmed I felt when I returned to the States and had to decide on one entree amid pages and pages and pages of delicious options. It took a few weeks to learn how to navigate my way through these endless options without wanting to close my eyes and blindly point while ordering my meals.