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On the pod this week...
How are you being data-driven? Is that a research-based best practice you're using? Has your analysis of formative assessments informed your instruction?
If those questions made you sick to your stomach or just made your head spin because you don't actually know what they mean beyond mundane stock phrases and buzzwords you hear/say during all-staff meetings, then this episode is for you.
We've got Senior Research Analyst, David Johnson, from the UChicago Consortium on School Research to help us sort out what all of the data and research is really good for (and what it isn't good for) in our schools and classrooms.
He also helps us field an email from a listener about how she as a classroom teacher should approach "data analysis," which it seems like everyone just expects her to know how to do though no one has actually ever explained it to her before.
Before we geek out to all things educational data with Dave though, Cristin, Andy, and Cal have some stuff on their minds:
Cristin spotted a Top 10 Must-Have YA Novels list that got all of us As reminiscing about our fave books when we were Y and earned this episode it's explicit rating. (Blame The Boxcar Children...)
Two-time, back-to-back Illinois state champion rugby coach, Andy, is thinking about disparities in access to sports and the detrimental effects this has on kids in low-income communities when they don't have these opportunities available to them.
Cal's been seeing some misapplications of the newest trend in teacher support and development: real-time coaching. Sure it has its value, but it also has its very distinct place in terms of how to use it to support teachers. What's the harm when it gets misused?
All this and more on this episode of Class Dismissed!
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