Prioritize Data to Empower Teachers
Data should be used to drive instruction. When schools use Acadience/DIBELS as a screener, using the data can be simple. Utilizing data, students can be grouped and provided targeted instruction in foundational skills. Science of Reading based-diagnostics are used to drill down on skills, which will be taught during reading interventions. Every student receives Tier 2 support each day in the area of need. Using PLC essential questions, ensures each student and subgroup are receiving equitable instruction. Teams create a plan for instruction each child will receive and create short-term, measurable (PEERS) goals which will be used to follow up in weekly and monthly meetings. Bigger data meetings happen in conjunction with benchmark assessments to determine the growth of each student. Monthly data meetings are used to look at Progress Monitoring data and ensure that the students are on the pathway to success, which is essential to close the gap and “lift up” the students to success.
Heather Campbell has been a Learning Coach for 5 years, 2 years as a district Grade Level Specialist, and 3 years as a school level Learning Coach. While working as a district Grade Level Specialist, Heather was on the team which created the data meeting agendas for the district to use, as well as Tier 1 and Tier 2 Checklists for principals and teachers to use to determine effective instruction. Together with her principal, Julie Smith, they have implemented this process at their school with fidelity, set PEERS goals, and utilized the impact cycle to monitor student growth.
Julie Smith was named Rookie Principal of the year by the UAESP in 2021. She has been an administrator for 7 years including 5 years as a Site Coordinator and 2 years as principal. Julie was a learning coach for several years and has taught multiple grade levels in elementary. As a learning coach, she trained teachers and coaches in utilizing Close Reading and making a writing connection, tier one instruction, and engagement strategies. Julie trained the principals in her school district on how to plan and implement data meetings throughout the school year. She and her learning coach, Heather Campbell, have implemented this process at their school with fidelity, set PEERS goals, and utilized the impact cycle to monitor student growth.