Digging for Disaster or Decision Making?
Educators across the Nation have a few things on their mind this time every year, the loss of one hour, thanks to Daylight Savings, and the proximity looming of “end of the year” state high-stake-test, known as PARCC or SBAC. Moreover, and realistically teachers have most recently given some form of a Formative Assessment, Interim Assessment or Benchmark, to analyze how students are performing on grade level standards and/or creating an action plan for the next upcoming weeks to readdress gaps and needs to prepare for the upcoming PARCC assessments,
or SBAC smarter balance assessments. Additionally, districts have seen the power of Common Formative Assessments across the district to better justify educational programs that are or aren’t working successfully for all children.
That leaves the question looming, what are educators seeing? Disaster in their data? Or information to strategically adjust and provide some changes to teaching to better ensure mastery. We hope for the later. However, even with the mindset of excellence and laser-like focus that hundreds of teachers work through, it is realistic to find some disappointments in the data and possibly for that split second, one might see a “disaster” and thus, as so many teachers know, one must move past this and refine instruction to move the “disaster” to decision-making.
- PLC – Professional Learning Communities by content Departments or Grade levels meet to discuss data and work through the action steps needed in the next 2, 4 or 6 week instructional schedule. Finding strategic steps to addressing needs without losing the pacing and rigor of the year’s scope and instructional sequence.
- Weekly collaborative discussions with teams to check in on progress and adjust accordingly.
- Ensuring a Mindset of success and belief in our own teacher efficacy and belief in student achievement, at any given instructional level or needs.
- Supporting the “academic language” needed to attain mastery on various technology enhanced items (TEI). Practice online assessments and TEI on weekly skills, quizzes and other instructional learning.
- Rigorous objectives and vigorous assessment platforms to prepare for mastery of academic standards.
Lastly, as an instructional leader and advocate for student success, I am motivated beyond belief, to continuously witness our amazing teaching force across hundreds of schools making an impact and without a doubt, moving from data digging to action oriented steps for student success. Therefore, these educators are far from any disaster and completely on track for success.
Is your school, team or district systemically making strides right now? I would love to highlight your district and share your insight. Let’s connect.