In a school environment, data is everywhere. Projects, essays, exams, quizzes, surveys, student responses, classroom observations are just some of the frequently occurring instruments which generate information for educators. The real problem, however, is how to turn that data into meaningful action. In my work as a teacher trainer and leader of our school academic integrity task force, I worked hard to support our school’s use of data for action.
Artifact 1: Academic Integrity Action Research Plan
As the leader for our academic integrity task force, I coordinated a Secondary-wide anonymous student survey to identify the reasons for student plagiarism and other forms of academic malpractice. Using our survey data, one we identified 5 themes or issues for which we split into action research teams. Together, we used this plan to research, formulate SMART goals, and share evidenced-based strategies for our identified issues.
Artifact 2: Teacher Training on TripodEd’s “7 Cs” Framework
My action research group focused on creating supportive learning environments. We identified a lack of student-teacher dialogue as a source of anxiety for students, as they perceived a great deal of pressure to perform from teachers. As a strategy, I provided training and modeling of TripodEd’s 7cs framework for teacher feedback. Drawing upon my own practice, I coached the faculty on implementing this practice in their own classrooms.