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Innovation Spotlight: Evidence-based Learning

We started the 2018-2019 school year with some beliefs about how we will use data (or evidence) to enhance student learning. A few key beliefs were that:

  • learning is deepened when educators and learners act responsively to a variety of evidence,
  • in using agreed, school-wide protocols and processes to collect, analyze, take action, and reflect, and
  • teachers and students should be empowered to engage meaningfully with evidence.

To help make progress in this area, a voluntary Evidence-based Learning Committee was formed (click to see the members) which met a number of times and collaborated with many teams around the school using a new, school-wide protocol for looking at evidence objectively to decide upon next actions. The committee also developed some goals and action steps towards these goals for the 2019-2020 school year.

  1. Trial a clear evidence-based framework, that students, teachers & leadership use for learning and decision making processes.
  2. For teachers and students to use and interpret data from formative assessment to evaluate learning objectively and inform the next steps of learning.
  3. To understand and support students (learning and wellbeing), we will utilize structures and processes (e.g. the Evidence to Action protocol) to make informed decisions.
  4. Developing a shared culture of evidence-based conversations.

The committee is very much looking forward to making even more progress next year.

 

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