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Teacher dashboards due this month

March 4, 2012 1 comment

Teacher Dashboards were to have been completed by August 2011, but were delayed to March 2012. Now March is here.

So teachers, it is time to start asking your data coach about dashboards. Because after all, the Teacher Dashboards show the data you are supposed to be talking about in your PLCs. I wrote about these dashboards and their origins earlier.

Here’s a screenshot from an early prototype of the Teacher Dashboard, which appears to be still the most current available:

Want to see more? Click one of these:

Elementary Student Interim Dashboard Snapshots
High School Student Interim Dashboard Snapshots
Classroom Interim Dashboard Snapshots

If you want to peek at even more, including the detail screens and the underlying metrics, you’ll have to go to the metrics site (or click on the image below) and drill down through the navigation tree on the right. I’ll follow up with a post later walking through the metrics and the detail views.

Bullying: not every problem can be solved by a new law

March 3, 2012 2 comments

Attorney General Beau Biden and Lieutenant Governor Matt Denn are looking into why schools are reporting such low numbers of bullying incidents, proposing audits to see if schools are fudging the numbers.

The problem with reports is they rely on the bullied student to report the incident to the school or to the parents. Mystery solved.

Back in the day, there was no such thing as a bullying report. Bullying prevention happened when your Dad took you out in the back yard and taught you how to fight. Verbal abuse wasn’t considered bullying at all. But times have changed.

If you want accurate bullying reports, the grown-ups have to spot the incidents in progress and generate the incident report pro-actively, instead of just sitting around waiting for a fearful or embarrassed student to walk into the principal’s office, or an angry phone call from a parent. The walk-in or the phone call may never come – which is what the bullies are counting on.

Here, in no particular order, are some ideas:

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