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Interactive video lesson plan for: Data Driven: Making Student and School Data Accessible and Meaningful to Families

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Recorded on November 18, 2010, this was the fourth webinar in the "Achieving Excellence and Innovation in Family, School, and Community Engagement" (FSCE) series.

The U. S. Department of Education has adopted using data for school improvement as one of its major education reform priorities. In the past decade, the Department, school districts, and states have spent more than a billion dollars to build data systems that collect, organize, and report on student data to foster continuous improvement. We are now in a position to transform this data into information that can promote student success by tracking academic progress and by guiding the daily actions of families, schools, communities, and the students themselves.

Measuring student progress—in areas such as grades, attendance, and positive behaviors—presents a tremendous opportunity to involve parents in their children's education and to provide a platform for strong parent-teacher partnerships. Making this data accessible and presenting it in a meaningful way can increase student success by empowering families to monitor their children's academic progress from early childhood to college and beyond. Schools and districts in cities across the country are leading the effort to make student data accessible and useful for families.

This webinar—Data Driven: Making Student and School Data Accessible and Meaningful to Families— takes a look at practical examples of how districts and schools are using data to engage families in their children's education. The webinar introduces tools that enable practitioners, districts, and schools to incorporate data into their own family engagement strategies.

Presenters include: Kevin Jennings, Assistant Deputy Secretary, Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, U.S. Department of Education; Anna Hinton, Director, Parental Options and Information, Office of Innovation and Improvement, U.S. Department of Education; Zena Rudo, Project Director, SEDL; Jennifer Salzstein, Program Director, ARIS Parent Link, New York City Department of Education; Barbara Taveras, Director, Community Engagement, New Visions for Public Schools; and D'Lisa Crain, Grant Administrator, Nevada State PIRC, Education Alliance of Washoe County.

The webinar will help you gain an understanding of what is needed to engage families through the use of student data, discuss some of the challenges in building capacity, and highlight strategies to overcome them.

A selection of resources and links related to the webinar are located at: http://www.nationalpirc.org/engagement_webinars/archive-webinar3.html

Tagged under: family,school,community,engagement,education,improvement,parent,student,data,driven,accessible

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