Data interoperability: How Spring Branch ISD 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

How formative assessment transforms the classroom: From culture to lesson plans

Using formative assessment requires a willingness to embrace change at all levels–from guiding mindsets, philosophies and classroom culture, to daily schedules and lessons plans. Brea Lewis, third- and fourth-grade math teacher at Ben Milam Elementary, recently confirmed this idea when she reflected that through the incorporation of formative assessment practices, “our lesson cycles have changed significantly.” … Continued

Data interoperability: Providing full focus on student learning

As we’ve mentioned in previous posts, at the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation we believe that when students are supported by an empowering teacher and they take ownership of their learning, they can and will succeed. However, without useful, timely, and actionable information, students and educators don’t have a full picture of how to achieve … Continued

Supporting India’s children to dream big

“At the National Health Service in the United Kingdom, I had seen four to five children in my entire career whose physical and emotional development was severely stunted due to family circumstances, neglect, and adversity. In my work with Dream a Dream in India, every second child I see is stunted.” Dr. David Pearson’s reflection … Continued

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