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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (April 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470548746
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470548745
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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"This gem is one of the most important books to come out on American education in years. Paul Bambrick-Santoyo speaks with great credibility, given the tremendous results of low-income students under his leadership. Three cheers to a front-line educator for kicking off a new genre of non-fiction writing in education: a practical guide for dramatic school improvement that proves that children from every background can achieve at high levels when we as adults get our part right."
Jon Schnur, co-founder and chief executive officer, New Leaders for New Schools, and senior advisor to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

"This book superbly describes the change process that leaders can go through with their faculty in order to make data-driven instruction a reality in their schools. You'll also find the rationale and all of the structures for data analysis, scripts of how to analyze student thinking and come up with appropriate re-teaching strategies for weak areas, and precise guidance on how to run effective data meetings. This is the whole package."
Jon Saphier, founder and president, Research for Better Teaching, and chairman emeritus of Teachers 21

"Paul Bambrick-Santoyo's book is a triple threat to the achievement gap: not only has he presided over dramatic achievement gains at the schools he leads in Newark, New Jersey, but he has helped scores of other schools make similar gains in New York City, Chicago, New Orleans, Oakland, and elsewhere around the country. He has distilled the lessons learned into a brilliant, tightly organized, and highly practical book. Bravo to Paul for an amazing contribution to the field!"
Kim Marshall, leadership consultant and veteran school principal, author of The Marshall Memo and of Rethinking Teacher Supervision and Evaluation: How to Work Smart, Build Collaboration, and Close the Achievement Gap

About the Author

Paul Bambrick-Santoyo is managing director of Uncommon Schools, leading six schools in the North Star Academy network that have achieved some of the highest results in the country. He has trained over 2,000 school leaders nationwide and is the Data-Driven Instruction faculty member for New Leaders for New Schools, the leading national urban school leadership training program.

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As I traveled across the country working with school leaders over the past ten years, I saw a common trend: great people were working extremely hard and still struggling to increase student learning and close the achievement gap. Despite all that had been written about high-quality education, schools struggled to make an impact.

At the same time, I worked with a smaller subset schools that were the highest-gaining or highest achieving schools in eight major urban districts. These were schools of all types: small and large, district and charter, startups and turnarounds. What made the difference? These schools focused on the core levers that matter, separating themselves from schools that didn't.

"Driven by Data" was my first book on this topic, zeroing in on one of the most important levers--data-driven instruction--that was the fruit of my work with thousands of school leaders nationwide. "Leverage Leadership" takes it one step further, by highlighting the seven levers that drive student achievement: from observation & feedback to a strong student culture to a well-managed leadership team. "Leverage Leadership" also includes 30 video clips of top leaders in action and how they used each lever to get results.

In both books, my hope was to be able to share the best practices I observed with a larger audience (you!) and to give you the tools to replicate this success in your own school. To help make that possible, each book includes a second section and appendix with all the PD materials you would need to turnkey these trainings in your own school. I hope you find them fruitful in providing excellent education for all children.

If you're interested in more, check out the videos and additional information at:

http://www.uncommonschools.org/our-approach/leverage-leadership
OR
http://www.uncommonschools.org/our-approach/driven-by-data

You will find sample principal-teacher meetings, teachers putting this into action, professional development clips, and more.

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If you're going to read one book about data-driven instruction, this should be it.
Jennifer
Using this in our administration prep classes, and am finding great and appropriate ways to incorporate the practices and ideas into our school.
Dawn Carrico
Mr. Bambrick-Santoyo has made it about as easy as possible for those who want to implement it to make it work.
Timothy Haugh

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Eric Westendorf on April 14, 2010
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Paul Bambrick-Santoyo is the master of data driven instruction. I am a principal at a charter school in Washington, D.C. and Paul's workshops have been enormously influential. Over the last three years our student achievement results have sky-rocketed. I attribute much of our gains to the data cycle that Paul describes in this book. Under Paul's guidance, our teachers have become experts at using interim assessments to pinpoint student misunderstandings and re-teach critical concepts. I am thrilled to see that Paul has synthesized his wisdom in a book. Whether you're a principal or a teacher, I highly recommend you buy a copy for your school desk and another for your nightstand.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer on April 14, 2010
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If you're going to read one book about data-driven instruction, this should be it. "Data-driven" instruction is a hot topic in education, but rarely is it implemented well. Paul Bambrick-Santoyo has helped schools achieve tremendous gains by sharing his clear and practical approach. His ideas are compelling and his results are impressive.

The first half of the book clearly outlines the four foundations of effective data-driven instruction: assessment, analysis, action, and a data-driven culture. Then to put these ideas into practice, the second part of the book outlines workshops you can use to train your staff in these principles. The book is full of templates and ideas to help you implement data-driven instruction and the accompanying CD-ROM provides all the materials needed to train your staff.

A must-read for educational leaders!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Kim Marshall on April 13, 2010
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Paul Bambrick-Santoyo's book is a triple threat to the achievement gap: not only has he presided over dramatic achievement gains at the schools he leads in Newark, NJ, but he has helped scores of other schools make similar gains in New York City, Chicago, New Orleans, Oakland, and elsewhere around the country - and he has been able to distil the lessons learned into a brilliant, tightly organized, and highly practical book. Bravo to Paul for an amazing contribution to the field!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Douglas Lemov on April 13, 2010
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I've had the pleasure of learning from Paul Bambrick-Santoyo's best-in-class workshops on data-driven instruction for several years now and am incredibly excited to see his wisdom distilled in this comprehensive and readable volume. Years ago, while other experts advised investing in complex technology platforms to drive data in schools, a strategy that delivered middling results, Paul stressed people. His book, better than any other, will guide you through the complex work of building a culture of data in your school- investing strategically in the way teachers talk to each other; the way they think about data; the way they own it and use it to solve real instructional problems and therefore come to believe in it. If you want to build a deep culture around data in your classroom, in your school or in your district, this is the book.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Haugh TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 5, 2010
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After teaching for fifteen years, I had the opportunity to teach at North Star Academy in Newark, NJ. It is a challenging place to work, but it is worth it because you know you are making a difference. In a district where less than 5% of students make it through college, North Star sends 100% of its graduates to college and is on course to have over 75% of its alumni complete a degree. And it does all of this without being selective about the students who attend.

One of the main reasons North Star is successful is because it is "driven by data". Decisions on what happens in the classroom are not made arbitrarily, but are determined by careful examination of interim assessments of students. With this information, teachers are able to craft a classroom experience that helps all students maximize their performance to the point where North Star has closed the achievement gap and because one of the most successful urban schools in the nation.

Data-driven decision-making has descended to the level of jargon in education these days but, done right, it is one of the most powerful tools in a school's arsenal. Unfortunately, too many schools don't do it right and have tarnished a great idea. At North Star, Paul Bambrick-Santoyo has made it work. Now, he shares what works with school leaders and teachers across the nation in meetings and workshops. This book outlines the process.

The first half of the book covers what data-driven decision-making is and how it is meant to work in a school. He shares what should be the roles of teachers, school leaders, and district leaders for effective implementation. He shares anecdotes and data from various schools that have implemented the system effectively (including North Star).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Smith on May 29, 2010
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I love this book so much I've already bought the companion book "Teach Like A Champion".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gaylord Anderson on September 19, 2010
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Driven by Data is a good book that reinforces the importance of looking at student learning data and working in professional learning communities. A good read for instructional leaders and school administrators.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Erin on July 25, 2013
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Great resources for principals, data coaches, and other school leaders! The book provides step by step instructions on how to create a culture that values data, how to achieve results, and how to analyze information to support struggling students. This book even provides outlines for how to train staff on its ideas. Very useful.
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