Lights, camera, action! DATA Project debuts video

The Direct Access to Achievement (DATA) Project has just released a short informational video that captures the incredible partnerships created throughout the education enterprise, the amazing K-12 network built for staff and the significant impact this work is having on student learning. Please take 10 minutes–actually 9:41–to view the video. Please feel free to repost this link wherever you think it would be helpful.

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Jan. 24 webinar examines evaluation findings

The Direct Access to Achievement (DATA) Project is sponsoring a webinar on Tuesday, Jan. 24, that will talk about findings of the Oregon DATA Project evaluation. The webinar, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., will be conducted by Denise Airola of Responsive Education Services and is open to all. This webinar is one of six scheduled this school year, on topics ranging from advanced data team skills to the Oregon Diploma. The webinars are sponsored by the Oregon DATA Project, and presented by participants in the project. 

The Oregon DATA Project evaluation uncovered areas of strength in best practices and use of data, and it uncovered some surprising areas of concern. This session will review important concepts in best practices and use of data in these areas of concern. In addition, this session will address best practices in use of OAKS data, from analysis to desired adult action for follow-up to analysis.
Click HERE  for connection information and a downloadable schedule. 

Sessions certify 60 trainers

More than 60 teachers and administrators gathered in Portland on Oct. 24 and 25 to participate in the Direct Access to Achievement Project’s two-day certification session. A similar session in the Medford area earlier in the month drew 50 educators from Southern Oregon. Attendees participated in an online study group course to prepare for the training. Participants who successfully complete the two-day course become certified trainers for the Oregon DATA Project, enabling them to support the work of data teams in their district. The Oregon DATA Project has certified more than 400 trainers through the rigorous training. 

Webinar features Oregon districts

A recording is now available of a national webinar featuring  the Oregon DATA Project and two participating districts, Redmond and Oregon City, where creating a culture for data use is taking hold. The webinar was held as part of a series by the School Turnaround Learning Community on “Using Data for Effective Turnaround.” To listen to the 90-minute session, click HERE.

Assessment Institute draws 550

Today’s elementary students will retire around the year 2065 — what will prepare them for a world we cannot imagine? The bottom line, says Dr. Rick Stiggins, is that all students must become lifelong learners. Stiggins, president of Assessment Training Institute in Portland, served as keynote speaker for the 2011 ODE/COSA Oregon Summer Assessment Institute in Eugene.

The Institute, which opened Wednesday, Aug. 3, drew about 550 educators from throughout the state for its three-day run. “We have districts here that came over in a bus so their entire administrative team could attend,” said ODE’s Mickey Garrison in her welcoming remarks. “They worked all the way up and they’ll work all the way home, too–that’s dedication!”

Coaching session polishes skills

More than 30 people attended the Direct Access to Achievement-sponsored session for coaches on Tuesday, Aug. 1, in Eugene. “Working to Stop What Stops the Work,” conducted by Patty Parnell of Linn-Benton-Lincoln ESD, served as a pre-session for the annual Summer Assessment Institute, which begins Wednesday, Aug. 3.

On Tuesday afternoon, Rachel Wente-Chaney of High Desert ESD conducted a hands-on training for the DATA Project’s Toolkit for Accountability, a Google-based suite of accountability tools. A team from the U.S. Department of Education was on hand to meet coaches and hear first hand about the effects of the Oregon DATA Project, which is funded by a federal grant.

Oregon contributes to SLDS resources

The Oregon Department of Education has had several opportunities lately to contribute to the resources available to states receiving Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems (SLDS) grants from the Institute of Education Sciences.

Kansas team visits Oregon

ODE recently hosted a three-member team from the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) who came to Oregon to learn about the Direct Access to Achievement Project. Under their SLDS grant, Kansas is embarking on a data use training initiative similar to Oregon’s to educate and empower educators to use data to improve instruction. “We are huge supporters of the Oregon DATA Project and feel fortunate to be able to work directly with Mickey Garrison and her colleagues,” says Kateri Grillot, senior trainer for KSDE. “We were specifically interested to learn how the project was constructed and modified over time to meet the needs of educators.” During their two-day visit on July 13-14, the Kansas team met at ODE to discuss data issues, talk to Oregon DATA Project personnel, and develop a 100-day plan of action to take back with them. The visit is courtesy of the Personnel Exchange Network, a U.S. Department of Education-sponsored program that provides travel funds so organizations can share knowledge about education data issues.

Teachers tackle Common Core State Standards

Nearly 200 teachers around Oregon rolled up their sleeves recently to better understand the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in Writing. The Strand 4 training from Direct Access to Achievement, “Essential Skills in Writing: Impact on Teaching and Learning,” took place May 17-18. A third day, May 19, was reserved for school teams to polish up their implementation plan.

Participants are using the CCSS to look at standards that are already in place, as well as changes to standards that will affect their instruction. They will use this information to critically assess their approach to the essential skill of writing. Participants created one of two things: a curriculum map for at least one grade level, or a K-12 district assessment calendar.

The training was broadcast from Clackamas ESD, which hosted 55 participants, to seven ESDs and about 120 participants around the state. Malheur ESD in Ontario had more than 50 people attending, with about a dozen each at Douglas, Lane, Lake County, Harney County, High Desert and Umatilla Morrow ESDs.

The Oregon DATA Project training is one of the resources, services and support that ODE is providing to the field on the Common Core State Standards.