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Data-Driven Leadership by Vicki Park, Amanda Datnow

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Chapter 6

Facing the Future with Data-Informed Leadership

As we look to the future, we call on leaders to embrace data-informed leadership, an essential form of leadership in this era of accountability and an engine for educational change. The charge of the data-informed leader is critical: she or he must manage a process that involves careful and critical decision making that can have an enormous impact on the learning of students and teachers every day. As we have shown, data use can bring many possibilities for transforming schools and districts, but the data can also be misguided and highly problematic. Fortunately, data-informed leaders do not take on this important role alone. Data-informed leadership is an activity involving many people, ...

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