Data interoperability: How Achievement First is breaking down barriers

We’ve recently partnered with 12 pioneering districts, CMOs, and education collaboratives to address their data interoperability barriers. In this blog series, you’ll hear from those pioneers: the brave folks tackling difficult challenges and paving the way for others to take a big step forward in using data to improve outcomes for kids. You can find … Continued

Breaking down barriers: Stories from data standard implementations

At the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, we understand how important it is that teachers and educators have the information they need to best teach and mentor their students. We believe that when students have support and opportunity, they can and will succeed. That means we are constantly in search of pioneers – brave folks … Continued

PODs in Action: Teachers Engage in Productive Peer Feedback

In Dallas, teachers love to collaborate and learn from each other. Building upon that concept, much like their counterparts in Tulsa, a group of Dallas ISD educators have participated in professional learning focusing on implementation of formative assessment lesson design using a structured approach to collaboration referred to as the POD model. Most recently, this professional learning process … Continued

Round Table on Systemic Transformation of Government Schools in India

The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation supports the systemic transformation of schools in four states in India: Haryana, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, and Andhra Pradesh. While the methods of change are different and tailored to unique challenges in each state, the goal for all four states is the same – together, we seek to improve children’s … Continued

How I Know: Impacting the Classroom Through Student-Driven Learning in Dallas

In Dallas Independent School District (Dallas ISD), as teachers work to embed new social studies and language arts curricular resources, there is a special focus on student-driven learning. This concept of students taking ownership, practicing self-reflection, and learning directly stems from the FARROP, a rubric outlining ten dimensions of formative assessment practice with guidelines and resources for use … Continued

Data Drives District Decisions in South Africa

In this blog series, we will discuss the growing importance of the use of data in South Africa’s education system – why it matters to parents, learners, and educators, and how providing educators with the information they need can help learners excel. In this post, we explore how access to data is assisting district-level officials to monitor … Continued

Professional Learning Through the Plan, Observe, Debrief (POD) Model

The vast majority of teachers (90% in one study) indicate that collaboration is beneficial to improving their practice. However, many yearn for structures and systems to make that process more focused and effective without being cumbersome. Teachers in Tulsa Public Schools have found a process that helps to do just that by participating in the Plan, Observe, Debrief (POD) model of professional learning … Continued

JumpStart: Improving learning for children in South Africa

“It is so stressful, even at home I don’t get time to rest because I’m thinking about these learners that I’m leaving behind when I’m in my class because of lack of resources,” said Funeka Phakade, a teacher at Ukhanyiso Primary School in the Gauteng province in South Africa. Funeka is one of many teachers … Continued

“Data Interoperability”: The How and Why

Am I the only one who loves when a 60-second “explainer” video is created to help explain a complex business model, technical architecture, or even just help a father understand how to safely drop-off his daughters at school on the battlefield of the dreaded carpool line? One of the problems that the Michael & Susan … Continued