At the beginning of the year, Jena thought it was unacceptable that student data wasn’t being used to teach kids at point of need. She believed in a school where every student is known so that they can be grown, and she decided to focus on student achievement in reading.
The use of data to inform teaching wasn’t common place at her school and so Jena needed to support her colleagues with tools and processes they could use. She contacted a company who analyses student performance and tracks student growth and had them come out to her school to work with staff, showing them how to use the tool. She also organised 3 in-house professional learning opportunities for her colleagues where she was able to show them how she was using the data to inform her teaching.
Ensuring her staff were confident and happy was central to the success of Jena’s change project and so she made sure she checked in with them regularly. She ran a quick survey to see how they were going and to field any concerns they might have, and then organised the company to come back out to school and answer any questions the survey had raised.
Jena’s program has positively and directly impacted the learning of 60 young people to date, all of whom have demonstrated significant growth in their learning.
Her change project has also helped a couple of ‘resistant followers’ come around to the benefits of data-informed practice.
“There was one teacher at the beginning of my project who did a lot of complaining about it being an “add on” and causing more work for her. She was also concerned that the program would be too difficult to use. After spending some one-on-one time with this staff member and clearing up her concerns, she gave the program a go. After a couple of months she approached me and said how much this program has helped with analysing her data and how targeted her teaching can be now. She’s thrilled with the growth she’s seen in her students as a result.”
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Jena would love your support for Teaching at Point of Need, or for you to start a similar program in your school, and she’d love to hear about any ideas you have or lend a hand where she can. Shoot an email to email@example.com if you want to get in touch with Jena and we can connect you. Feel free to cheer her on in the comments below as well.
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