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Using Data to Tell Your Story

Colorado Convention Center, 205

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Tucker High School
Dr. Barber is an electrical engineer from Georgia Tech who wandered into a school library. As a teacher-librarian, she works with high school students and teachers to find the best resources, use the technology available, and locate the perfect book. Dr. Barber teaches classes on using research databases and how to better search the internet. She researches the latest technology and creates professional presentations on recognizing fake news and other tech-infused ideas in the classroom and Media Center.

Session description

End-of-year reporting for School Librarians, EdTech Instructors, and Academic Coaches is far more important than you may realize. It provides advocacy, support, and key information. In this session, we'll provide examples of EOY data and how to explain your work to others.

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this session is to explain to coaches and library media specialists how to use data to defend and explain their positions. The challenge is to explain to those whom they do not work with how they support the goals of improving learning for students. This requires an understanding of using qualitative data to explain quantitative data. It also means understanding the methodology of sharing this information concisely. The objective is to make all participants aware of the types of data and ways they can use it to explain to others outside the school building what they do.

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End-of-year reporting for the non-classroom teachers and support personnel takes more thought and preparation.
1. Discuss what is an EOY report. 2. Play a game with suggested ideas that go into an EOY report. 3. Provide examples. 4. Opportunities for others to provide examples. 5. Analyze some examples (from the presenter) of what is useful & not. 5. Discuss types of presentations and key ideas on what to use when reporting outside the school house.

Everyone leaves with an idea of what data to collect during the school year to create an EOY report.

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Supporting research

Knaflic, Cole Nussbaumer. (2015). Storytelling with data: A data visualization guide for business professionals. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

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Session specifications

Professional learning
Grade level:
Skill level:
Coaches, Curriculum/district specialists, Library media specialists
Attendee devices:
Devices useful
Attendee device specification:
Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
ISTE Standards:
For Coaches:
Professional Learning Facilitator
  • Evaluate the impact of professional learning and continually make improvements in order to meet the schoolwide vision for using technology for high-impact teaching and learning.
Data-Driven Decision-Maker
  • Support educators to interpret qualitative and quantitative data to inform their decisions and support individual student learning.
For Education Leaders:
Visionary Planner
  • Communicate effectively with stakeholders to gather input on the plan, celebrate successes and engage in a continuous improvement cycle.