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Two Products Help Educators Use Student Data to Improve Instruction
For Immediate Release: February 9, 2015

Boston, MA—Two new products from REL Northeast & Islands are designed to help teachers and administrators use education data more systematically and accurately in districts, schools, and individual classrooms:

  • Practitioner Data Use in Schools: Workshop Toolkit,” published by the Institute of Education Sciences, was created for district and school leaders, teacher leaders, and coaches who want to conduct workshops on data inquiry and data use at the school level with school-based educators.
  • Understanding Data Use to Improve Instruction,” based on the workshop, is a self-paced online course for practitioners that provides a professional-development credit. Register and log in to the REL Northeast & Islands Workshop Center to take the course.

Practitioner Data Use Toolkit CoverThe “Practitioner Data Use Workshop Toolkit” introduces teams of practitioners to a data inquiry cycle and provides a set of structured activities to identify and investigate specific questions and make decisions to inform instructional planning. The workshop guides participants through the creation of a personal data use plan.

Following a simple registration process, “Understanding Data Use to Improve Instruction” introduces educators to the same material but in a self-paced online environment. After completing the free one-hour course, including multimedia demonstrations and interactive exercises, course-takers receive a professional-development certificate.

The workshop toolkit and online course answer to requests from several REL Northeast & Islands research alliances to build the capacity of school-based educators to understand, interpret, and use education data to improve instruction,” said REL Northeast & Islands Research Director Julie Riordan. “We are pleased to provide districts with these customizable and self-paced materials to help practitioners begin to answer questions using student data in their own local contexts.”

The workshop toolkit consists of a facilitator guide and workshop handouts. Materials include a step-by-step agenda for a full-day professional development session (or a series of shorter sessions), guiding ideas to scaffold participant learning, suggestions for activities, and suggestions for ways to facilitate and customize the workshop.

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Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast and Islands (REL-NEI) is one of 10 Regional Educational Laboratories funded by the Institute of Education Sciences at the US Department of Education, under Contract ED-IES-12-C-0009. REL-NEI is led by Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC) in partnership with the American Institutes for Research (AIR) and WestEd.

EDC is a global nonprofit organization that develops innovative programs to solve some of the world’s most urgent challenges in education, health, and economic development.

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