Each year, the National Center for Education Statistics hosts the STATS DC Data Conference. This year's conference was held in Washington D.C. on August 1-3. Two MNPS employees presented at this conference.
Laura Hansen, MNPS Director of Information Management and Decision Support, was part of a expert panel on Wednesday, August 2nd entitled, A Tense Marriage: Governing the Relationships Among Data Interoperability, Security, and Privacy. This session discussed the tension between balancing the needs to support students and teacher in experiencing high quality learning experiences while maintaining appropriate barriers and privacy protections for students.
Dr. Margie Johnson, MNPS Collaborative Inquiry Coordinator, co-presented with Dr. Stephanie Wilkerson, president of Magnolia Consulting, on Wednesday, August 2nd about MNPS' journey to implementing collaborative inquiry data use practices throughout the district. The session entitled, A District's Journey of Implementing Effective Data Use Practices, shared MNPS's data journey toward developing and implementing the Data-Informed Decision-making Ecosystem, of which collaborative inquiry is the heart of the ecosystem and serves as a guide for empowering educators to use data, no matter the source, for making informed decisions. Tools developed to support the implementation of the ecosystem, including the Teacher Data Use Survey and MNPS IC Map for Collaborative Inquiry were shared with participants. The PowerPoint for this session is available HERE.
(Stephanie and I also have a published article mentioned in the PowerPoint. If you would like a copy of it, please email me requesting a copy.)
The presentations from the conference should be available online soon. If you want to check out their website, you can access it at http://www.mnpscollaboration.org/collaboration-corner-blog/ci-update-do-you-understand-the-words-coming-out-of-my-mouth.
If you need any support with collaborative inquiry and/or have a story to tell, please contact Margie Johnson at email@example.com.
Together is Better
If you want to fast, go alone.
In the webinar, Dr. Margie Johnson shared MNPS' work around creating a culture of collaborative inquiry at the district and Dr. Canidra Henderson, executive principal at Haynes Middle Design Center, shared how her teachers use the data warehouse at-risk indicators (early warning system) and the collaborative inquiry process to support student success.
Metro Nashville Public Schools represented at the Nashville Technology Council's
Nashville Analytics Summit
on August 11, 2016
Dr. Margie Johnson presented a 90 minute workshop on August 11th sharing about the MNPS data warehouse, its implementation and lessons learned, particularly the development of the Data-Informed Decision Making Ecosystem. The ecosystem is the framework used by MNPS for building the capacity of employees to use data for making informed decisions. To access the workshop materials, please click on one of the below pictures.
How are you and/or your school using the collaborative inquiry process for making data-informed decisions?
Please share your stories or request support by contacting Margie Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Welcome to 4 New Middle Schools to the Collaborative Inquiry Community of Practice
We are excited to have you join our community!
On June 1st, they were introduced to the MNPS Innovation Configuration Map (IC Map) for Collaborative Inquiry and begin thinking about how they plan to implement collaborative inquiry in their schools this fall. Resources for their workshop are available at http://www.mnpscollaboration.org/innovation-configurations-materials.html.
If you have any feedback, questions, and/or recommendations for our community of practice, please let me know. Also, know that I am always here to offer support in implementing collaborative inquiry and look forward to continuing our collaborative learning journey together.
Here's to a wonderful summer!
Trust--The Glue of Effective Teams
Component C of the MNPS IC Map for Collaborative Inquiry is all about fostering a culture of trust. When groups have high relational trust, "it is safe to display both high competence and vulnerability" (Lipton & Wellman, 2012, p. 13). There is a section on the Seven Qualities of High-Performing Groups--Scaled Group Inventory and the Seven Qualities of High-Performing Groups--Self-Assessment Inventory (see below questions). I encourage you to review the questions about yourself and your teams to gauge the trust levels.
Using the data from the inventories, what might be some strategies you start using to increase the trust levels? Here's the link to the Component C Resources, which may help.
If you already have high levels of trusts, do you have resources to share with others? If so, please email Margie Johnson at email@example.com. I will add them to the MNPS Collaboration website and share with others in the next blog post.
Have a great week. T-2 days until Spring Break begins. :) Have a wonderful break!
Scaled Group Inventory Questions about Trust:
- Do we clarify and communicate high expectations for ourselves as a group?
- Do we make it safe not to know?
- Do our actions reflect our commitments?
Self-Assessment Inventory Questions about Trust
- What makes me feel safe or not in this group?
- How am I making it safe for others?
- Am I following through on my commitments?
Lipton, L, & Wellman, B. (2012). Got data? Now what?: Creating and leading cultures of inquiry. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
Increasing Group Learning Time
And....once it's spent, you can never get it back.
Therefore, the premise of collaborative inquiry is to work toward developing highly efficient and effective teams, so time is not wasted and impact is maximized.
Last week several of us got to spend time in a workshop with Dr. Laura Lipton. Day one of the session was all about providing us with structures, strategies, and principals for facilitating collaborative inquiry teams.
While reflecting upon the workshop, I wondered if there was a video from Dr. Lipton about data teams. I found one that I want to share entitled, Growing as a Group: Effective Use of Teacher Time.
In this video, she discusses the 5 Assumptions of Effective Group Work. I’ll list them below the video, but also want you watch the 6 min video as she explains the assumptions and their application.
- Assessment and Feedback drives group growth.
- Group development and task accomplishment intertwine.
- When groups change the way they talk, they change the way they work.
- Comfort with discomfort is necessary for group learning.
- Patterns become habits, and habits become norms.
In two places in the video, she mentions group assessments and/or inventories. If you group is looking for one, see the below links:
- Component A Resources
- Component B Resources
- Component C Resources
Here’s to a great week of learning and growing…… Countdown to spring break: 8 days. :)
Component A Resources Spotlight
When having team meetings, agendas help the team to establish and maintain a clear focus, which is Component A of the IC Map for Collaborative Inquiry. The Collaborative Inquiry Toolkit has several examples of meeting agendas that you and your team may want to adopt. I am going to spotlight two today—MNPS Team Common Planning Template and Collaborative Inquiry Template.
The MNPS Team Common Planning Template is provided by Leadership and Learning. This template was first used in high schools and in recent years was shared with middle school administrators. (The version shared is the middle school version.) The template provides an overview of using it, the importance of intentional planning, and an agenda outline that helps ensure certain topics are addressed. You can access this template HERE.
The Collaborative Inquiry Template was created by Noelle Taylor, currently at West End Middle Prep. Combining information learned from the Got Data? Now What? workshop with Dr. Laura Lipton, she developed an agenda template for teams to review the five causal theories and test them to begin to identify root cause issues. You can access this template HERE.
If you have any great resources to share about this component of collaborative inquiry or others, please feel free to email them to Margie Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below are the training materials from Monday's session. You can also access all of the resources on this website in My Hub (SchoolNet) by doing a PD search using the key words, "data use." Here's a link to video tutorials about SchoolNet in case assistance is needed.
If there's anything I can do to support you, please let me know.
February 15th Workshop Materials
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