Leading with Evidence in Schools: Data and Research Literacy

Nov. 5, 2018 – Dec. 2, 2018

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Kick start improvements in only four weeks using data in your classroom, school or district. Start by pinpointing relevant and reliable data, then choose the best assessments to measure progress. This online course will help you identify effective research-based interventions for your context. Along the way, you will also build your team’s capacity, collaboration and trust through the use of data and research in decision-making.

Schools today are awash in data, from grades, to test scores, to discipline reports and attendance to name just a few. Additionally, educators around the world are continually urged to use evidence and best practices around “what works” to inform their decisions in schools. But how are teachers and school leaders to know which forms of data and assessments are most useful to their practice in their schools with their students? How do you find evidence on interventions that not only work, but will work for your teachers and for your students? And how can teachers and school leaders best make sense of the data in schools to bring educators together around the data and assessments that matter most to your school to help build capacity, trust, and collaboration around using evidence together in schools for instructional improvement?

Come join us in this four-week interactive online course to learn how to turn data into evidence-based decisions in schools.

  • 4-week duration
  • 20 hours total time commitment
  • Opportunities to engage with like-minded teachers and leaders on structured discussion boards
  • Weekly quizzes to check for understanding
  • An optional integrated project

In this course, you will learn

  • How to inform your decisions with valid and reliable forms of data
  • How to critique and select the best forms of assessments for the goals that your teachers have for your students
  • How to select the best practices from “what works” to choose interventions that have been shown to work in schools like yours

The course is taught by Teachers College, Columbia University Professor Alex J. Bowers, who is a leading expert in data and evidence use in schools, data driven decision making, and education leadership data analytics.

During this course you will network with other like-minded educators who are interested in building their skills in data, assessment and research literacy, through learning together using videos, readings, quizzes, and a writing assignment in which you find, critique and apply an intervention to your school.


Registration Fee: $655 - Registration closes at 4:00 pm EST on Oct. 29, 2018.

Any attendee who is taking this course for CTLE credit for NY State must enter their name exactly as it appears on the TEACH website in accordance with NYSED requirements.

Units Awarded: Participants receive 2 CEUs OR 20 clock hours OR 20 CTLEs (applicable only to NYS residents).

Who should attend?

  • District leaders
  • School leaders
  • Teachers