School Improvement in Maryland

Toolkit for a Data-Driven Culture

This section includes tools for school leaders and team members to use in preparing teachers for the most effective use of the Classroom-Focused Improvement Process. It includes a PowerPoint presentation, handouts, and needs assessment tools for use in:

  • Determining staff beliefs about the assessment process and the value of using data as a major driver of school progress
  • Introducing to the staff the rationale for and the background of the Classroom-Focused Improvement Process (CFIP)
  • Determining your school's readiness to implement CFIP effectively
  • Analyzing your school's capacity to improve and to act on your findings
  • Identifying sources of data to use with CFIP
  • Sharing sample templates that teams might produce as a result of CFIP meetings
  • Answering frequently-asked questions about CFIP
  • Assessing your school's progress in the implementation of CFIP after a year or two of its use

PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER: ONGOING UTILIZATION OF THE CFIP MODEL

Activity Sheet

  1. Review the six steps of the Classroom-Focused Improvement Process by going over again the protocol questions and the template to be completed. Encourage team members to share any questions or concerns they have about any step or question. Seek to resolve as many issues as possible on the spot and plan ways to resolve remaining ones.
  2. Ask team members to identify the drivers (the factors that are helping the team become more data driven) and the barriers (the factors that are keeping the team from becoming more data driven). Use the Activity Sheet: Where Does My Team Go from Here in Becoming More Data Driven? to record team responses.
  3. Identify the professional development or training experiences that team members suggest would be helpful to them to break down a barrier and so that they will be able to implement the CFIP model more effectively. If possible, begin to plan for this support or assistance.
  4. Brainstorm other strategies to reduce the identified barriers.
  5. Agree on the data to be brought to the next team meeting that will be used as the team begins its use of CFIP.

Suggested Follow-Up:

  1. Pursue appropriately any issues mentioned by team members that remain barriers to the successful implementation of CFIP.
  2. Plan for the suggested professional development or other training opportunities identified by team members.
  3. Arrange to brief the principal on the progress of the team in learning about the CFIP model and issue invitations for the principal and other administrators to participate in future data dialogues.

WHERE DOES MY TEAM GO FROM HERE IN BECOMING MORE DATA DRIVEN?

THE DRIVERS: FACTORS HELPING MY TEAM BECOME MORE DATA DRIVEN

THE BARRIERS: FACTORS KEEPING MY TEAM FROM BECOMING MORE DATA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Identify the steps you and your team will take within the next month to build on the Drivers—your strong points—and to overcome the Barriers—your weak points.

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Consider also the resources you will need to do this and who will provide those resources.