HomeExemplary PracticesExemplary Faculty PracticesFall 2012Texas Woman's University | Data Chat
  • The Data Chat Program

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    Dr. Jodi Piro and Dr. Karen Dunlap

  • About Our Practice

    In an era of increasing responsibility for student achievement outcomes, how are colleges and universities changing their teacher preparation programs to adapt to the changing needs of the field? Recent public policy and research aimed at addressing student achievement accountability in education may make it prudent for teacher education programs to explicitly address data literacy as a valid outcome for their graduates. At Texas Woman’s University, we have created an instructional module to explicitly teach our Instruction and Assessment students (EDUC 4113) how to read, analyze and interpret standardized testing data for instructional interventions.

  • Key Practice Features

    The Data Chat is an instructional intervention whose purpose is to give teacher education candidates experience in interpreting local data at the classroom level and providing interventions based upon that data. The Data Chat has several key sequential elements:

    • First, local anonymous data is provided to teacher candidates by the instructor
    • Second, small 3-5 person teams of teacher candidates are formed to analyze local school data
    • Third, teacher candidates create graphic representations to demonstrate their analyses of student strengths and weaknesses
    • Fourth, teacher candidates use state standards and local curriculum pacing guides to create formative and summative assessments
    • Fifth, specific instructional strategies are created as interventions to address weakness areas identified by the analyses
    • Finally, teacher candidates create a final report, similar to the report local principals require from teachers who analyze data.
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About Faculty Practices

Exemplary faculty practices are innovative methods of conveying both knowledge and experience to teacher candidates in such a way as to prepare them to excel as leaders in the classroom.

Such practices may be the work on one faculty member, a group of faculty members or a department-wide practice in a teacher preparation program.

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Exemplary Defined

Exemplary faculty practices are those that provide teacher candidates a deep understanding of both content and the ability to put that content into classroom practice.

The ability to effectively translate knowledge into student learning helps make the difference between ordinary teachers and exceptional teachers.

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Key Practice Elements

Exemplary faculty practices share a common thread of creativity and innovation in their design.

These practices are intended to provide the optimum environment for teacher candidates to put learning theory into practice.  Often, exemplary faculty practices sharpen one or more key teaching competencies.

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