Role: Data coach
Instructional coaches have a relatively new role in assisting teachers to analyze student achievement, perception, demographic, and process data. Such a role includes many steps, from identifying what data to examine and how to display data meaningfully to helping teachers make instructional decisions based on the data. Facilitation skills are key as coaches create a supportive environment for open data analysis and discussion.Read more about this coaching role, the skills required, and the challenges involved. A brief scenario shows the data coach at work in an elementary school.
By Joellen Killion , Cynthia Harrison
NSDC profile: Joanie Esparza--Data tell the story of coaches' success
From Coronado Hills Elementary School in Denver, Colo., Joanie Esparza explores the data coach role of her job. As in many coaching roles, building relationships is critical.Follow Esparza as she integrates data analysis and discussion throughout the school year, leading to positive results. Also, Esparza shares a form to be used in evaluating a student achievement coach.
By Joan Richardson
Focus on the NSDC standards: Data can show if all of the efforts pay off in student learning
In a standards-driven professional learning environment, what role does student achievement data play in planning for adult learning opportunities? Read through a school-based planning cycle that uses data for setting priorities.
By Joellen Killion