The Closing the Gap Professional Development Toolkit is designed to be used in both group-facilitated sessions and by individuals in self-directed learning. Customized instructions are provided for each type of professional development.
The Getting Started Section includes a comprehensive Overview of the Toolkit and its resources. Completion of this section will ensure that users have a solid foundation and the basic knowledge necessary for successfully completing the remainder of the professional development curriculum. Users are encouraged to read the Getting Started Section first.
Key to developing a data-rich culture that addresses both accountability and achievement is the understanding of how educational data will be used at the district, school, and classroom levels. To reach this understanding, educators need to consider the role of trust in working through the change process as well as the change process itself.
As PLCs and data teams are trained in SIS and LMS utilization, it’s important to remember the power that data teams and PLCs gain from the use of data to improve students’ learning by informing instruction and developing interventions.
When educators focus on supporting evidence-based practices with the use of educational data, they need to decide what types of data are helpful to teachers and students for those practices.
Student assessment data is an important source of information for teachers, administrators, students, and parents. However, other forms of educational data also are important for building and sustaining a data-rich culture.
Technology tools and solutions support building and sustaining a data rich culture. However, the identification of technology tools and resources that enable the effective use of educational data at the district, school, and classroom levels requires collaboration, thought, and research.