TERC's Diana Nunnaley Joins Professional Development Leaders at Gates-Sponsored Meeting on Effective Use of School Data

May 14, 2012

Diana Nunnaley, TERC’s Using Data Director, was invited to participate in a data literacy meeting sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Meeting organizers Ellen Mandinach of WestEd and Edith Gummer of Education Northwest brought together a diverse group of education experts to create a common understanding of data literacy and provide a foundation for teacher preparation in using data to improve student learning. Nunnaley was one of eight professional development providers at the gathering held May 3 and 4 in San Francisco, which also included researchers and policy makers.

“It was reaffirming to participate in discussions that focused on what teachers need to know to do this work, ” said Nunnaley. “Teachers have to be put at the center of the process so that real change can occur at the point of instruction, and the meeting really underscored that point.”

Nunnaley was selected to attend the meeting because of the groundbreaking work TERC initiated over a decade ago in the development of its Using Data program. She has helped to hone and streamline the process of ‘collaborative inquiry’ that engages teachers in cycles of targeted data analysis. TERC’s Using Data team has worked in over 23 states, hundreds of districts and schools nationwide building teacher-led data teams and facilitating data analysis techniques and instructional improvement steps that result in increased student achievement.

For more information about TERC's Using Data Program visithttp://usingdata.terc.edu.

TERC also offers insights and free resources to support data use among educators on its Using Data For Meaningful Change blog (http://usingdata.wordpress.com).