Learn a step-by-step process for using a range of data sources to improve instruction and student outcomes within your school or district.
Virtual Data Wise Leadership Institute
“In responding to the pandemic and its aftermath, schools have an opportunity to shore up educators’ capacity for working together to address gaps in learning. This is what Data Wise is all about.” — Kathryn Boudett, Faculty Co-Chair
What would it look like, feel like, and sound like if schools were filled with educators capable of collaborating so EACH student thrived? What are practical tools that can be used to build equitable schools?
The Data Wise Improvement Process provides a clear blueprint that teachers, school leaders, and system-level leaders can use to examine a wide range of data and catalyze conversations that drive instructional improvement. The process has three phases: Prepare, Inquire, and Act. The Data Wise Leadership Institute supports your team in preparing a thoughtful launch of this inquiry process and shows you what it looks like as teams inquire about a focused question about student learning and then act to improve educational equity.
This program can only support school teams at this time. School teams compromised of four or more people must include principal, at least two teachers, and one or more other educators in leadership roles.
Program Details: Virtual Institute
To be responsive to our current climate and the changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have redesigned the Data Wise Leadership Institute. The new virtual institute addresses the same objectives as our on-campus program, but takes place in the comfort of your own setting and provides an opportunity to consider school improvement efforts in light of the major disruptions that your school is experiencing as a result of the pandemic. Depending on your circumstances, team members could participate together in a meeting room at your school or everyone could participate virtually from home.
This 66-hour program takes place over the 10 month period from June 2020 to April 2021 and has 3 components:
Self-paced introductory pre-work (May/June; 20 hours)
In this component, you work through the Introduction to Data Wise MOOC in which you explore a case study of a school engaged in collaborative inquiry and practice building data analysis skills on multiple types of evidence, conduct a self-assessment of collaborative inquiry practices in your setting, and explore what it means to take an equity lens when engaging in improvement work. You also read the Data Wise and Meeting Wise books and engage in reflection around why equity is central to the work of school improvement.
Intensive team-oriented live remote learning with Data Wise faculty (this portion of the program will be offered during the two-weeks from June 15 – 26; 40 hours, view sample schedule)
During this intensive two-week period, you and your team work 4 hours a day, dividing your time between participating in video conferences with Data Wise faculty and peers and building collaborative skills by preparing for and engaging in “Meeting Wise” team meetings. Your dedicated Data Wise coach will both observe your team process and model effective meeting practices as they provide you with feedback and address your questions. By the end of this component, you will have completed the Prepare Phase of the Data Wise Improvement Process and begun work on the Inquire Phase. You will have done so in a way that acknowledges the reality of the ways in which your community and your data collection efforts have been affected by the pandemic and charts a course forward in a way that is sensitive to this reality.
- Whole group instruction and follow-up (September 23, 2020, December 9, 2020, and April 7, 2021; each session 2 hours, 6 hours total)
In these virtual sessions, you will hear from teams who have been receiving ongoing coaching through the Data Wise in Action Program* about how the work is going in their settings. You will also engage in professional learning about key tasks of the Inquire and Act phases of the Data Wise Improvement Process.
* Enroll in the Data Wise in Action Program to receive monthly virtual coaching as you work through the Data Wise steps at a pace that works for your team.
- Articulate how and why equity is central to your school improvement work
- Build skills to take an equity lens at each step of the Data Wise Improvement Process
- Demonstrate a relentless focus on evidence when collaboratively analyzing a wide range of data sources, including annual standardized tests, periodic formative assessments, daily class work, and observations of classroom practice
- Engage in intentional collaboration by using a Meeting Wise “rolling agenda” and practicing wise meeting facilitation and participation
- Create a plan for integrating the Data Wise Improvement Process and ACE Habits of Mind into the core work of a school.
Who Should Attend
- School teams of four or more people comprised of a principal, at least two teachers, and one or more other educators in leadership roles. Preference will be given to teams that include at least one curriculum and instruction specialist, such as a literacy or mathematics coach.
- This program does not serve system-level teams; for system team support please see the Data Wise Leadership Institutes offered on Harvard’s campus in January and June 2021.
Faculty Director, Learning and Teaching
Kathryn Boudett is the faculty co-chair of the Data Wise Leadership Institute: January, Data Wise Leadership Institute: June, Data Wise Leadership Institute: Australia, Data Wise Leadership Institute: Online, Data Wise in Action Program, and Data Wise Coach Certification, and the Data Wise Coach Network.
Director, Office of Equity and Excellence, Prince George's County Public Schools
David Rease, Jr. is the educational co-chair for the Virtual Data Wise Leadership Institute.
- Computer (not tablet)
Fees & Policies
Participants receive a certificate of participation and a letter confirming clock hours of instruction. Payment or a purchase order must be received within 30 days of program acceptance, or upon receipt of the invoice if acceptance is within 30 days prior to the start of the program. Click here for more information on payment and financial aid.
Please click here for more information on our on-campus and online refund and withdrawal policies.
The Harvard Graduate School of Education reserves the right to change faculty or cancel programs at its discretion. In the unlikely event of program changes, the school is not responsible for non-refundable travel arrangements or other planning expenses incurred.