Data Literacy in Action
In this module, the concepts of data literacy introduced in the introductory module will be explored further. The module will introduce a data interpretation cycle that can be used to inform instructional decision making and will address the steps of that cycle in depth.
6 weeks, 1.0 CEU (general)
Currently scheduled sections
Instructional goals and learning objectives
- The learner will understand how data can inform instructional practice and the institutional culture around data.
- Understand how data can inform instructional practice.
- Investigate the current data culture in a classroom or school.
- Identify school/classroom culture as it relates to data.
- The learner will know how to develop important/relevant questions about data to improve instructional practices and learning.
- Understand a process for developing important/relevant questions about data.
- Understand the limits of data.
- Understand the power of data.
- Apply information gathered to develop a problem statement about instruction and learning.
- The learner will know how to develop hypotheses about how changes in instruction may improve student achievement.
- Define a process for developing multiple hypotheses.
- Use provided rubric(s) to evaluate hypotheses.
- Select the hypothesis.
- Refine the hypothesis to pursue.
- To collect appropriate data, test or analyze hypotheses and interpret results.
- Identify resources that might be relevant.
- Decide how to test hypotheses.
- Implement test.
- Explain how decisions can be informed by results (and what are the limitations of data).
- Interpret and understand the data results (trends and patterns).
- To develop, implement and evaluate action plans based on results and to communicate results.
- Develop action plans to implement the solution.
- Communication: Identify the audience for communication. Identify the most appropriate method
for communication based on the audience (bar graphs, pie chart, etc.)
- Identify best practices for using data for instructional decision-making.
Alignment to North Carolina standards
- North Carolina Professional Teaching Standards
- 1. Teachers demonstrate leadership.
- a. Teachers lead in their classrooms.
- b. Teachers demonstrate leadership in the school.
- 4. Teachers facilitate learning for their students.
- b. Teachers plan instruction appropriate for their students.
- h. Teachers use a variety of methods to assess what each student has learned.
- 5. Teachers reflect on their practice.
- a. Teachers analyze student learning.
- c. Teachers function effectively in a complex, dynamic environment.
- North Carolina School Executive Standards
- 2. Instructional Leadership
- a. Focus on learning and teaching, curriculum, instruction and assessment
Week 2. Asking Relevant Questions
- Week 1. Introduction
- Discussion Forum: Introduce Yourselves
- The Data Interpretation Cycle
Discussion forum: Discuss how to use the data interpretation cycle.
- Data Interpretation Cycle Forum
- Data Culture Page
Activity 1: Complete a survey on the data culture in your school and your current
data collection and use of data. Discuss data culture at your school and answer questions pertaining to the survey.
- Discussion Forum: Data Culture Discussion
Week 3. Developing a Hypothesis
- Developing Relevant Questions
- Scenario: Example of Developing Relevant Questions Page
Discussion forum: Developing Relevant Questions
- Limits and Power of Data
- The Problem Statement
Discussion forum: Comments or issues when developing a problem statement
Journal Activity: Write your problem statement.
Scenario: Generating Hypotheses Page
Evaluating Multiple Hypotheses Page
- Developing a Hypothesis Page
Discussion forum: Aspects of relevant data
Journal Activity: Develop one or more hypotheses statements based on your own problem
Discussion forum: Step 3 — Hypothesis
Week 4. Testing the Hypothesis
Week 5. Developing and Implementing an Action Plan
- Gathering and Analyzing Data
Discussion Forum: Gathering and Analyzing Data
- Data Analysis
- Scenario: Testing Hypotheses
- Interpreting Results
Journal activity: In your journal choose a tool you feel you are most comfortable
with and explain why.
Assignment: Data Findings
Discussion Forum: Data Results
Week 6. Conclusion
- Developing an Action Plan
Discussion Forum Action Plan
- Communicating Results
Discussion Forum: Communicating Results
- Scenario: Developing and Implementing an Action Plan
Activity: Complete a Tricider activity regarding action plans.
Discussion Forum: Tricider ideas
Assignment: Final Action Plan
- In Conclusion Page
Activity 1: Conclude the module by completing a post module survey and
reflecting on how (and if) this module has affected your practice.
Also add to the forum on interpreting data and provide us with feedback on further