A campus data room is a very powerful place. It can also be a place of intimidation. If a campus has and effectively uses a data room campus scores will increase. This belief is support by Education World article Using Data Rooms to Map Your Way to Success. There is no doubt in any educators’ mind about the power of data driven decision making. So why are so many teachers reluctant to embrace the concept of a data room?
Recently I did a workshop on creating a campus instructional data room. Administrators from all levels of education were there ready to implement an instructional data room on their respective sites. As we talked and worked I could see that they knew what information needed to drive student, teacher, and campus wide success. Most of them started the data driven instructional process last year. They found that many of the teachers were hesitant to participate in the process.
An Instructional Data Room is not an, “I got you!” place nor is it a “Let’s document and get rid of Ms. Can’t-teach.” If a teacher is struggling they don’t want all of their colleagues to see it posted big as life on the wall. Yet there it is plastered in a form that feels bigger than life.
Seven steps to creating the positive climate of your data room: