TLI: Technology Leadership Institute

Virtual Keynote Series: 1/28/22

LEADING WITH EVIDENCE AND DATA IN SCHOOLS

KEYNOTE: ALEX J. BOWERS

Schools and districts collect and display ever increasing amounts and types of data for educators to use to inform instructional improvement. The range of data and dashboards is vast, zooming in on student data including test scores, grades, interim assessments, attendance, behavior, as well as new forms of intelligent tutoring data and learning system management meta-data, or zooming out to teacher, principal, and school-level data including school climate, trust, data-use, academic press, and community engagement among many others. Yet, despite these robust data sources, research to date shows that not only does teacher use of the many current dashboards and early warning interventions have weak relationships with student outcomes, but also educators rarely systematically use the data dashboards and systems that districts spend so much time, money and effort designing and deploying. In this presentation Professor Alex J. Bowers will discuss the emerging domain of what he terms “Education Leadership Data Analytics (ELDA)” which brings together education leadership, evidence-based improvement cycles, and data science, machine learning, and visual pattern analytics. Through this work, district data strategists and school administrators use current pattern and visual analytic algorithms to bring educators together around the data that is useful to the teachers and their communities, creating positive and collaborative conversations to use evidence to empirically inform school organizational and instructional improvement. 

Alex J. Bowers is a Professor of Education Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University, where he works to help school leaders use the data that they already collect in schools in more effective ways to help direct the limited resources of schools and districts to specific student needs. His research focuses on the intersection of effective school and district leadership, organization and HR, data driven decision making, student grades and test scores, student persistence and dropouts. His work also considers the influence of school finance, facilities, and technology on student achievement. Professor Bowers studies these domains through the application of data science, and big data analytics, such as data visualization analytics, machine learning, multilevel and growth mixture modeling, and cluster analysis heatmap data dashboards.

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NOTE: For all TLI Virtual Keynote events, the eight-seat restriction is lifted for member districts.

About TLI

LHRIC's TLI program offers our districts the opportunity to come together to learn about, share ideas on, and discuss excellence in teaching and learning through technology. Our efforts each year are formed by our ability to expand upon our connections with vendors to allow you to experience new technologies and learn how they have impacted teaching and learning. The programs brings in new as well as established vendors to help you plan out and realize the vision of your school district.

Participation in TLI's member-only events gives you the best opportunity to stay abreast of the rapidly changing landscape of education technology. The goal of the TLI Leadership Series is to bring national conferences, topics, and discussions to local venues.  We continually provide opportunities to learn from and engage with renowned keynote speakers that are thought-provoking and inspiring. TLI also provided your district with the chance to network with peers are we explore each leadership topic as it pertains to current challenges and future planning. 

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