“You are change agents for equity”

During Day 2 of “Using Data to Inform Instruction,” participants were reminded of a powerful aspect of their role: commitment to mentoring and coaching means becoming a change agent for equity.

Groups at "Using Data to Inform Instruction" generated posters showing "What does it mean to be interested?" listed on the left, and "What does it mean to be committed?" on the right.

Groups at “Using Data to Inform Instruction” generated posters showing “What does it mean to be interested?” listed on the left, and “What does it mean to be committed?” on the right.

At the New Teacher Center workshop held December 2-3, Marc Heuer, Tom Howe, and Heather Lott led sixty-one mentors and coaches through ways to analyze student work  in order to differentiate instruction and reach all learners.

People drew on their own classroom experience for “Give One, Get One.” Each person wrote down two or three ways in which they’d differentiated or adapted instruction for students, one per sticky note. Then they moved around the room, quickly exchanging ideas, gathering a plentiful collection of notes.

Quick exchange of an idea for differentiating instruction during "Give One, Get One" activity.

Quick exchange of an idea for differentiating instruction during “Give One, Get One” activity.

"Give One, Get One" activity moves workshop participants around to lots of people in a short time.

“Give One, Get One” activity moves workshop participants around to lots of people in a short time.

"Give One, Get One" activity during "Using Data to Inform Instruction.

“Give One, Get One” activity during “Using Data to Inform Instruction.

In their evaluations of the workshop, people said they felt confident  going forward in helping teachers differentiate instruction for their students based on accurate assessment of classroom work.