Driven by Data: A Practical Guide to Improve Instruction Kindle Edition

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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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  • File Size: 3987 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (March 18, 2010)
  • Publication Date: March 18, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003DL3O42
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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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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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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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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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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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Simple and effective, this book allows a busy teacher to get to the basics of applying data to teaching strategies in an efficient manner.

Written for easy comprehension, the book is not a highly technical piece for researchers, but a solid manual for those who may not have a background in data analysis.
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This book was required reading by my organization, ostensibly to serve as a model for providing professional development for school personnel. It is well laid out and provides a plan for implementing data driven instruction. It is, however, typical of tomes written by charter school people, who seem to think that they are the originators of all things education. The ideas are good; they are not original. In addition, the charts and tables in the Kindle edition are not large enough to be legible. Although the text font is changeable, the images are not. For the price, this was a huge problem.
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