Effective School-Based Data Teams

Bohdan M. Christian

School data teams often equate strategy making with planning. Planning is necessary but does not equip schools with the ability to identify and make transitions as new educational conditions change.

Strategy is about renewal and renewal is about innovation that is instructional, organizational, administrative and continuous (Bernhardt, 2013). Creation and adoption of edge-centric strategies that are necessary for continual improvement require data teams to adopt the following questions.

  1. What are the team deliverables to the school?

  2. What must the team do extraordinarily well to achieve results?

  3. How will the team focus and discipline efforts, measure and manage progress? 

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