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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.
 

California Dropout Research Project

http://www.cdrp.ucsb.edu/dropouts/projectsummary.pdf

The purpose of this project is to synthesize existing research and undertake new research to inform policymakers and the larger public about the nature of and potential solutions to the dropout problem in California. From December 1, 2006 to January 31, 2008 the project will produce a series of reports and policy briefs addressing four facets of the issue: (1) the measurement and incidence of dropping out; (2) the educational, social, and economic costs of dropouts for individuals and the state; (3) the short-term and long-term causes of dropping out; and (4) proven interventions. Drawing on this information, a policy committee composed of researchers, policymakers, and educators will then draft a state policy agenda to improve California's high school graduation rate.
 

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.
 

Conducting Focus Groups

http://managementhelp.org/businessresearch/focus-groups.htm

Is a Focus Group the right solution for your information gathering need? Assembled by a PhD, this site provides valuable information about how to run a focus group, what goals can be achieved, and pitfalls to avoid.
 

Data-Driven Decision Making : Vision to Know and Do

http://www.cosn.org/focus-areas/instructional-focus/data-driven-decision-making

As part of its Essential Leadership Skills series, the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) has developed training materials for a workshop on data-driven decision making. See this backgrounder brief for an overview of what's included.
 

Dropping Out of School is One of the Key Social Challenges of Our Time

http://www.portical.org/tools/Dropout_Prevention_Handout.pdf

This pdf matrix lays out what the California Department of Education (CDE) is currently doing and planning on doing to improve dropout reduction in California. Written by the Middle & High School Improvement Office and Educational Options Office under the Secondary, Postsecondary, & Adult Leadership Division, the matrix is designed to provide you with specific programs offered by the CDE and research linking to additional information including locations on the CDE website for best practices, dropout prevention, and much more!
 

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.
 

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.
 

SchoolBiz

http://www.techlearning.com/features/0039/cover-story-schoolbiz/44567

In this 2007 Technology & Learning cover story, Michael Simkins describes ten business practices--and the technology that supports them--that can help your district maximize resources and run smoothly. Examples include asset management, benchmarking, and determining return on investment (ROI).
 

Taking Center Stage Act II

http://pubs.cde.ca.gov/TCSII/

This free, dynamic web portal is an innovative project to promote excellence in middle grades education. It is a treasure chest of resources for middle school teachers and administrators. It contains twelve recommendations to help educators fulfill the vision that all middle grades students can achieve high standards and become lifelong learners. There is easy access to research based content, resources and practices, including video vignettes of best practices for middle level educators.
 
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