“Collaborative School Improvement” is based on the repeated successes Education Direction has experienced in helping school districts implement meaningful student-learning reform. By using techniques perfected in private industry, Education Direction works with schools to better collect, analyze and apply data—in all its forms—to help teachers make informed and individualized decisions about how each student will best learn.
“Because data is often narrowly defined as annual, system-wide assessments, we lose sight of the imperative value that information can have in helping teachers know what is working and what is not. Data includes myriad types of feedback, such as end-of-unit test results, written student work on a math problem, a student’s verbal response to a question in class, and even the disposition of students after recess,” says Dr. Trent Kaufman, co-author of the book. “All of this information enables us to measure student understanding, respond instructionally, and create a culture of continuous improvement in our classrooms and schools.”
Emily Dolci Grimm, co-author of the book, adds “relationships between school districts and schools sometimes digress to the point of a school viewing the district as merely the administrator of technology and janitorial services. “Collaborative School Improvement” aims to highlight a district’s ability to provide real instructional leadership—helping teachers instruct more effectively as they work to dramatically improve student learning.”
The book proposes eight concrete and replicable practices that enable districts to effectively partner with schools to de-mystify data and to equip teachers with the information they need to improve student learning across multiple spectrums. Most importantly, it shows how to scale education reform regardless of school size, student demographic, or geographic location.
“This book offers practical advice and tools well-grounded in research and practice. “Collaborative School Improvement” makes it clear that improvement is within the grasp of committed teams,” says Alan Dichter, Director of Leadership Development at Portland Public Schools.