Practice Activity: Using Data to Inform Instruction and Staff Development
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Identify strategies to use data to inform instruction
 
Marcy Emberger
Marcy Emberger, Director, Maryland Assessment Consortium
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Collecting and analyzing data is not useful unless you use the data to inform your daily instruction. Marcy Emberger, director of the Maryland Assessment Consortium and former professional development specialist for MSDE, describes the feedback loop as one illustration of how teachers can use data they collect from students to plan instruction and to direct re-teaching. In this animated audio, Marcy illustrates the process with a unit on persuasion.
Linda Eberhardt
Linda Eberhardt, 2002 Maryland State Teacher of the Year, Mount Royal Elementary School
Linda Eberhart is the 2002 Maryland State Teacher of the Year. For 32 years she has taught in the Baltimore City Public Schools, at Mount Royal Elementary School for the last 26 years where she teaches fourth and fifth graders math, science and social studies. Mount Royal's 5th graders have been the highest math achievers in Maryland on the state performance tests in 1999 and 2000. She has a web site at www.teachingthatworks.com. Linda and Mt. Royal School have been featured on the NBC evening news, CNN News, Baltimore Sunpapers, national Governor's Conference on Standards, and several radio shows for raising student's achievement levels through real world, hands-on activities that engage students to apply math, science, and social studies skills in performance tasks.

Linda Eberhart describes how she uses data to inform instruction.

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