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Talk Data to Me: Why Substitute Engagement Matters More Than Ever This Year
Students may still be out for the summer in many parts of the US, but administrators and school officials are hard at work, planning for the start of a school year for which few feel ready. Though the list of COVID-related apprehensions is long, a potentially unprecedented number of teacher absences is near the top.
Talk Data to Me: Absence Management During COVID-19
In the last installment of Talk Data to Me, we looked at how COVID-19 has significantly impacted K-12 hiring. Below, we will again leverage data from the Frontline Research & Learning Institute, this time to show how COVID-19 has impacted teacher absences.Continue Reading
Talk Data to Me: Professional Growth During COVID-19
In response to the mid-March National Emergency Declaration, school districts around the country began to close their facilities. Regulations intended to flatten the curve prohibited large group gatherings and necessitated remote learning. This not-so-familiar way of teaching and learning into which schools were plunged required teachers and students to navigate new technologies and online platforms virtually overnight.
Recruiting & Hiring
Talk Data to Me: Good News for K-12 Recruiting and Hiring
Previously on Talk Data to Me, we used data from the Frontline Research & Learning Institute to explore how COVID-19 has impacted K-12 hiring. In short, though January and February of this year looked almost identical to the same months in 2019 and 2018, the data quickly and markedly departed from the previous years immediately following the president’s March 13 National Emergency declaration.Continue Reading
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Talk Data to Me: Did COVID Increase the Education Hiring Pool?
Just how is the pandemic impacting hiring in schools? In previous Talk Data to Me posts (here and here), we explored the effect COVID has had on the number of people applying for jobs in education.Continue Reading
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Teacher Absences & Subs
Talk Data to Me: Reasons for Teacher Absences in 2020
Previously on Talk Data to Me, we examined COVID-19’s impact on teacher absences throughout the spring. Between March and the end of the school year, most school districts across the country had migrated to virtual learning models, and during that time the number of absences requiring a substitute plummeted. So far during the 2020-21 school year, some districts have chosen to fully reopen, some are continuing with virtual learning, and others are operating somewhere in between, with a hybrid model.Continue Reading
8 Steps to Monitor Progress on Tier 2/3 Reading Interventions
Whenever I can, I like to visit the American southwest and hike in rocky desert terrain. I often find small piles of stones (cairns) placed at intervals as trail markers. Hikers are always on the lookout to spot the next cairn, moving from signpost to signpost to successfully navigate the trail. Trekkers who ignore the progress-monitoring information of these trail markers can quickly wander off the track and become lost.Continue Reading
Recruiting & Hiring
Using Data to Set & Reach Your Teacher Hiring Goals
Across your district, teachers and principals are using data to set goals and evaluate their performance. It should be natural that data-driven decision-making and strategic goal-setting are par for the course in the central office as well. When it comes to some of the most essential work in the district — recruiting and hiring exceptional educators — there’s often a lack of actionable goals and strategic use of data.Continue Reading
Focus Groups: Your Secret Weapon for Enhancing Professional Development Program Evaluation
Focus groups (FGs) -- essentially interactive, conversational group interviews -- are an underappreciated data collection strategy. When used well, they can provide rich, nuanced and actionable data for your professional development program evaluation. They are fairly easy to add to your repertoire and don’t require extensive planning or resources to carry out. They are often used in other contexts (e.g., market research, usability research) and are flexible enough to be used for different purposes (e.g., to inform the design of a product or service, to collect feedback about a website, to test potential survey questions or dig deeper into survey responses). FGs are best used along with other data collection strategies, such as surveys or interviews.Continue Reading
How to Leverage Your IEP Service Tracking System for Better Progress Monitoring
School districts need to monitor student progress to assess student outcomes, submit mandated state and federal reports, and in many states, claim Medicaid reimbursements. But progress monitoring can also be used to help identify and support requests for additional staffing needs or pinpoint professional development gaps.Continue Reading
3 Ways Districts Can Better Handle Student Health Records
In the shadowy corners of the internet, medical records are readily available for purchase. On the dark web and black market, patient records can sell for $1,000 apiece. These records are sold to buyers in many industries: data brokers like IQVIA (formerly known as IMS Health), pharmaceutical firms and even tech companies. Children’s health data is just as valuable, and no one can doubt that medical records, especially those for our children, should be rigorously protected.Continue Reading