DSM: data improves school

Robert Swanson (robertswanson@icehouse.net)
Thu, 02 Nov 2000 08:56:56 -0800

Whereas taking more data on student achievement won't improve school, taking
data on schooling can be a catalyst for change.
From: "Hathaway, Todd LTJG" <thathaway@spruance.navy.mil>
Reply-To: indigo-schools@egroups.com
> -----Original Message-----
> From: FL. Dept. of Education [SMTP:commissioner@popmail.firn.edu]
> Sent: Wednesday, September 27, 2000 1:16 PM
> To: doe@popmail.firn.edu
> Subject: 27 Florida Teachers to Participate in Research Project
> FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 26, 2000 CONTACT: Karen Chandler or
> JoAnn Carrin (850) 488-9968
> 27 Florida Teachers to Participate in Research Project
> TALLAHASSEE-Education Commissioner Tom Gallagher today announced that 27
> Florida teachers will participate in the SERVE "Teachers as Researchers"
> project to be held in Naples September 27-29. The project goal is to
> assist with the creation of high-performance learning communities in
> these teachers' respective schools.
> "This is a great opportunity for teachers to upgrade their ability to
> solve learning and classroom problems and ultimately improve student and
> school success," Gallagher said.
> Teachers who successfully complete the training will be encouraged and
> supported in the implementation of a research study design that
> addresses a need in their schools. Research indicates that teachers who
> are also researchers and data collectors improve the climate of their
> classrooms and their whole school by becoming better problem solvers and
> making data-based decisions about their teaching. The project aims to
> train non-research-based teachers to conduct research in their classroom
> without being trained as statisticians.
> SERVE, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, is an education
> organization with the mission to promote and support the continuous
> improvement of educational opportunities for all learners in the
> Southeast.
> A list of the 27 Florida teachers is attached.
> Name School Location/School
> Name .
> Mary Abbott, Naples, Manatee Elementary
> Robert Balog, Opa-locka, Opa-locka Elementary
> Debi Barrett-Hayes, Tallahassee, Florida State University School
> Barbara Campora, Orlando, Pineloch Elementary
> Robin Coolbeth, Inverness, Inverness Primary
> Mimi Eckert, Opa-locka, Opa-locka Elementary
> Maura Fernandez, Hialeah, North Twin Lakes Elementary
> Sarah Hebert, Inverness, Inverness Primary
> Scott Hebert, Inverness, Inverness Primary
> Carol Jensen, Naples, Laurel Oak Elementary
> Stacy Kabat, Opa-locka, Opa-locka Elementary
> Stephanie King, Miami, Design and Architecture Senior High
> Linda Mackin, Belle Glade, Glades Central Community High
> Dawn McFetridge, Naples, Manatee Elementary
> Susan Maguire, Miami, Design and Architecture Senior High
> Omar Monteagudo, Miami, Design and Architecture Senior High
> Sharon Morrison, Naples, Laurel Oak Elementary
> Carlos Navarro, Miami, Design and Architecture Senior High
> Tawanna Nelson, Hialeah, North Twin Lakes Elementary
> Evelyn Pender, Tallahassee, Kate Sullivan Elementary
> Rachel Peregoy, Belle Glade, Glades Central Community High
> Susan Roark, Port St. Lucie, C.A. Moore Elementary
> Wolfgang Roggenbuck, Orlando, Pineloch Elementary
> Laura Seinitz, Belle Glade, Glades Central Community High
> Sharon Smith, Orlando, Pineloch Elementary
> Moses Vazquez, Hialeah, North Twin Lakes Elementary
> Cedric Ward, Opa-locka,Opa-locka Elementary
> --
> Florida Department of Education
> Tom Gallagher, Commissioner
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Just imagine if they comapared data from a happy class and from a somber
class. Better, what if they compared student learning without snoopervision
compared to with. Better, what if students did the data collection on
schooling and set the data relative to their personal goals.

Whatever data is taken, the point is to compare realative methods and assess
what works better. And, if this data collection and analisys is working, do
it again, and again...


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