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Early Childhood Associates

Data Days

ECA’s exciting and proprietary new program called Data Days, provides professional development on how to examine and interpret assessment data to inform instruction.

Data Days puts in place a structure for teachers to review, interpret and use progress monitoring data to improve and differentiate instruction in an ongoing way.

Data DaysData Days helps teachers to:

  • Analyze student assessment data and prioritize needs;
  • Use data to assess critical features of instruction, identify effective practices, structure content specific learning, plan more effectively, individualize and gather evidence of effectiveness
  • Create and track benchmarks to better understand instructional effectiveness.

Data Days™ is divided in 6 modules.


Module 1

Creating a Framework: Understanding Data and Its Role in the Process of Continuous Improvement
Sharing Experiences

  • Process of Data Driven Decision Making
  • Power of the Question-Purposes of Using Assessment Data
  • Gathering Evidence
  • Creating a Data Inventory
  • Multiple Data Sources
  • Data Quality
  • Pair Share Data Study Activity
  • Reflection & Application

Module 2

Laying the Groundwork: Analyzing Assessment Data

  • What the data are telling us
  • Reflective Inquiry
  • Dimensions of Instruction-Self Assessment
  • Problems of Practice
  • Analyzing Profile Data & Probable Causes of Student Performance
  • Reflection & Application

Module 3

Reflecting on Teaching and Learning

  • Sharing and Practicing Protocols
  • Digging into the Data: Presentation, Data Analysis Activity, Group Debrief

Module 4

Research Based Instructional Strategies to Improve Student Performance

  • Response to Intervention
  • Deciding on Instructional Strategies
  • Individual Classroom Case Study Analysis and Instructional Strategy Development
  • Reflection & Application

Module 5

Differentiated Instruction

  • Key Features of Differentiated Instruction
  • Using Individual Classroom Case Studies to Create Differentiated Instruction Action Plans
  • Round Table Discussions
  • Reflection and Application

Module 6

Tracking Progress

  • Tracking Progress Using Individual Classroom CBDM Data & Other Sources
  • Setting Goals and Benchmarks
  • Preparing Trend Lines
  • Using Decision Rules in Progress Monitoring
  • Application & Reflection


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