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Evidence-based practice is the disciplined and scientific approach of using data in the form of evidence about school or systems effectiveness. This academy follows up IASA’s ESSA Academy and Strategic Dashboards. It will teach school leaders to effectively use data to foster a culture of evidence-based practice, align stakeholders, and ensure allocation of resources toward practices that have proven to accelerate student growth.

Participants will learn to identify strategic student success indicators and to use effect sizes to measure impact of school improvement efforts, specifically to articulate the district vision for student success, formulate a testable hypothesis, specify a measurement model, and draw inferences from data. Co-presenter Dr. Don White will provide and explain how to use his custom Excel program to automatically calculate effect size using participants’ own data. Most importantly, significant time will be devoted to communicating with stakeholders–telling your story–using the statistical data that proves your story.

For the Application/Dissemination, participants will develop a school improvement initiative and corresponding program evaluation plan to evaluate the impact of this initiative. A pre-academy email will describe the details and data to bring to the training.

Administrator Academy or Professional Development hours awarded.

This event is provided by Illinois Association of School Administrators and presented by Dr. Richard Voltz and Dr. Don White.

A continental breakfast and catered lunch is included in the day.