May 2018 Vol. 4 No. 6
Curating Your District Data Story
In essence, that simply means making sure that the look-fors make sense specifically for YOUR district. For example, you may want to ensure that some new check-for-understanding strategies are being incorporated into classrooms. Perhaps you are collecting data for school accreditation - do the data points in your tool reflect this priority?
These are the top 5 current trends in eWalkThrough® customization!
1) KESA CONNECTIONS
When moving toward a system that is evidence-based, eWalkThrough® provides easily accessible proof of Rigor, Relevance, Relationships, and Responsive Culture in the classroom. Many districts simply outline the connections between their existing elements & add descriptors pertaining to the 'R' that coordinates with that element.
2) ARCHIVING NON-ESSENTIAL DATA POINTS
It is important to identify WHY each look-for is on your tool face--what story does that data point tell? Is it still a focus area of your district? Does it serve as a touchpoint for feedback to the teacher? If not, it's easy to archive data elements that no longer serve a purpose.
3) SPECIFIC SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LOOK-FORS
Many district tools now include elements that allow the observer to answer the question, "How does this classroom feel?" Growth in social-emotional character development can be measured! By adding in look-fors that allow observers to 'check the temperature' of the classroom right as they arrive, the data story will show strengths, as well as areas where more professional learning or mentoring might be needed.
4) THE POWER OF SUB-ELEMENTS
For example, many tools now include a section that has a checkbox pertaining to support personnel or paraprofessionals.
5) PROBING QUESTIONS AS FEEDBACK FOR GROWTH
Districts that put the potential for communication between observer and teacher at the forefront utilize this area as a communication pathway. Instead of generic comments, many schools have moved toward a model of probing questions that begin a conversation between the observed and the observer.