The Auckland Literacy Project. DATA DISCUSSIONS. Core Purpose.
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The key to inquiry is in identifying causes that we can have some influence over – and acknowledging that it is our responsibility to take action. A common response to patterns of inequity is to point to factors that affect students’ lives like poverty, family circumstances, and historical discrimination. While very real, we cannot by ourselves change these. What we can change, however, is how we support students in succeeding in spite of the challenges they face. It is possible to change the statistical odds for students, but we must begin by looking at ourselves: What is not working about what I’m doing? Where can we improve our approaches or program? This can be hard and bring up emotions and conflict. But if we avoid getting defensive – and instead get curious – we can construct deeper understandings and better solutions.
Adapted from the Essential Analysis from Bay CES, CCE & NSRF tools and resources www.essentialanalysis.org/.../data_analysis_for_school_improvement.pdf (2007)
Where we are to date:
As you collect your data ask yourself:
The focus of the group discussion:
At the end of the session:
Where to next: