Establish a Culture of Instructional Excellence
DataWORKS believes that all students, regardless of race or socioeconomic status, can succeed if they have access to a great education.
As an Educational Management Organization DataWORKS specializes in diagnosing and solving complex issues in the educational process.
Our Accelerated Reform Model provides research-based solutions that are proven to have the greatest impact on student achievement.
In 2009, 2011, and 2015, researcher John Hattie measured the effect size of a list of 195 effects related to student achievement. To view, the complete list click here
Accelerated Reform Model
When developing our Accelerated Reform Model, DataWORKS focused on specific areas where student achievement could be most affected.
Teacher estimates of achievement
What would improve teacher’s expectations of students?
Teachers will increase estimates of achievement when a) students are more engaged and have less behavioral issues, b) when teachers are confident that the curriculum is aligned to grade-level standards, c) when students regularly demonstrate understanding the first time something is taught.
Collective teacher efficacy
What would improve teacher efficacy?
Teacher efficacy will increase when a) students are more engaged with the content being taught, b) when teachers understand the components needed in a well-designed lesson, c) when curriculum is aligned to grade-level standards and assessment rigor, d) when teachers receive consistent support and feedback from administrators and coaches.
What would improve self-reported grades?
Self-reported grades will be more on target when students have confidence in their ability to answer higher-order CFU questions posed by the teacher.
Conceptual change programs
How do you change misconceptions students enter your classroom with?
Identifying student misconceptions and providing a conceptual change in thinking requires accurate diagnosis by the teacher and the ability to instill new, accurate concepts into the student brain. The correction of misconceptions will lead to improved student achievement.
What would improve teacher credibility?
Teacher credibility will increase when teachers gain the trust of students and demonstrate competence to students.
How would watching yourself teach change your instructional strategies?
Micro-teaching will improve teacher awareness of the implementation of teaching strategies in their classroom. Being able to observe one’s self in a recording and then receiving feedback from peers will help teachers gain greater perspective on their own teaching style. Additionally, observing other teachers will help them pick up new styles and techniques.
Do your lessons have precise organization, explanations, examples, and guided practice?
Teacher clarity will increase teacher preparedness, improve teacher content knowledge, increase teacher awareness of common misconceptions, and equip the teacher with the tools needed to be considered an effective and trustworthy teacher.
Do students have the opportunity to give feedback to you as a teacher?
Feedback is most useful when it comes from student to teacher. By allowing students to explain how or why they have arrived at an incorrect answer, the teacher is able to comprehend where things went wrong. Feedback in the classroom will increase the teacher’s understanding of student success or failure.
Providing formative evaluation
How do you assess learning during the learning process?
Providing formative evaluations will increase teacher awareness of student understanding during the learning process. Checking for Understanding questions will be posed throughout the lesson to check for conceptual and procedural understanding of new concepts and skills.
How do you keep parents informed and motivate them to become more involved in their child’s education?
Pupils and schools thrive when parents become involved in their child’s education. Schools and parents must see themselves as partners on a journey of academic excellence.
Research in Action: A 5-Year Plan
DataWORKS understands that real reform takes time to implement. So, we have developed a multiyear plan that can be implemented incrementally over a period of time.
We believe that good professional development should:
- assist leaders in establishing and maintaining high-quality teaching at their site,
- inspire all stakeholders to take an active role in the education of their students,
- and fully engage students in the learning process.
In the months leading up to the 5-year plan, DataWORKS would conduct extensive site visits to observe teacher and administrator procedures.
DataWORKS would collect classroom resources including textbooks, supplemental materials, and a week’s worth of student work from each teacher for analysis. DataWORKS would use the Classroom Productivity Index to objectively collect other qualitative and quantitative data that is representative of the current climate of the school site.
Data Collection: A study of the local variables.
DataWORKS will use biannual surveys to collect qualitative and quantitative data to research the variables affecting the local campus.
Surveys will be given to students, teachers, administrators, and parents.
Significant findings of the surveys will be published for the community. Action plans and/or enhancements to the 5-year plan will be made annually according to the results.