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Building Trust Through Data

http://www.acsa.org/MainMenuCategories/ProfessionalLearning/PromisingPractices/AssessmentandAccountability/Buildingtrust.aspx

In this article TICAL cadre members Lisa Gonzales and Devin Vodicka provide suggestions on building trust and recommend free resources that can improve your efficiency and effectiveness in using data to improve teaching and learning. Originally published in the ACSA "Leadership" Magazine.
 

Classroom Walkthroughs and Observations In The Palm of Your Hand

http://www.portical.org/tv/classroom-walkthroughs-and-observations-in-the-palm-of-your-hand/20.htm

In this TICALevision episode, Kenny Pennington, principal in Monticello School District in rural Monticello, Arkansas demonstrates how he uses a handheld computer while observing a computer/technology teacher at the high school. Kenny shares the process to quickly record observations and how he engages his teachers in a continual improvement process.
 

Common Core Implementation Checklist for Principals

http://www.naesp.org/communicator-may-2012/common-core-implementation-checklist-principals

Developed by NAESP, use the checklist to determine areas where you have made progress toward Common Core implementation as well as areas to focus on as you move forward.
 

Data-Driven Decision Making

http://www.portical.org/Presentations/vodicka/

Cadre members Devin Vodicka and John White, principal in Los Angeles Unified, collaborated on this presentation which provides an overview of the basics, free resources, and links to useful resources to improve the use of data as a tool for improving teaching and learning.
 

Data-Driven Decision Making and Electronic Learning Assessment Resources (ELAR)

http://www.portical.org/cradler_dddm_elars.html

Many vendors are offering various technology tools to support data-driven decision making. In this short article, John Cradler provides a nice overview of just what's necessary for data-driven decision making to be successful and how CLRN's reviews of electronic learning assessment resources (ELAR) can help administrators with the task of choosing among competing products.
 

DATA: Maximize Your Mining, Part One

http://www.techlearning.com/assessment-&-testing/0034/data-maximize-your-mining-part-one/45194

Interested in helping you school achieve Adequate Yearly Progress? Find ways to harness your data over the long term to raise student achievement in a consistent, sustained manner. Sustained student achievement is the ultimate goal of data mining, but efficient analysis is key to getting there. This article focuses on stages one and two of a three-stage process for success.
 

EdSource

http://edsource.org/

EdSource provides policy makers, researchers, K-12 and college educators, the media, parents, and the general public with important foundation information about assessment, accountability, finance, standards, and other areas where school administrators need to stay current. The organization is non-profit and does not advocate or lobby.
 

Empowering Learning: A Blueprint for California Education Technology

http://www.cde.ca.gov/eo/in/documents/yr14bp0418.pdf

This Blueprint for California Education Technology is a call to action for educators, community leaders, and businesses to work together to find solutions to the challenges we face. This is a guide to help leaders in CA determine direction for technology in their educational programs.
 

Identifying and Implementing Educational Practices Supported By Rigorous Evidence: A User Friendly Guide

http://www2.ed.gov/rschstat/research/pubs/rigorousevid/index.html

The connection between technology, achievement, and other learning outcomes has been the focus of much research, not all of it sound. This guide from the U.S. Department of Education can help you separate the good from the not-so-good. See especially Appendix B, Checklist to Use in Evaluating Whether an Intervention is Backed by Rigorous Evidence.
 

Just For The Kids-California (JFTK-CA) Presentation

http://www.portical.org/Presentations/miller/#jftk

Locating beneficial resources to help display data can be a daunting task. TICAL cadre member Sandra Miller shares many ways this free resource for California schools can display data and provide best practices. After viewing this presentation, you will be ready to use your site's data for key decision making.
 
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