Process for Using Data to Improve Instruction

Based at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE), the Data Wise Project supports educators in using collaborative data inquiry to drive continuous improvement of teaching and learning for all students.

In partnership with educators around the world, HGSE offers a suite of on-campus and online courses that teach a step-by-step process and habits of mind for using a wide range of data sources to improve instruction.

Nearly 20 years ago, the Data Wise Project team decided to publish a book offering the eight-step Data Wise Improvement Process for using data to improve teaching and learning in schools. Their target audience at the time was clear: educators in schools. The project had no intention of scaling the work beyond that group.

But eventually, something else became clear: While the Data Wise book and the initial data-related course they offered were huge hits, educators wanted—and needed—more guidance as they worked toward better serving students. Additional books followed, plus a group of professional learning offerings, ranging from a massive open online course (MOOC) to a coach certification program

The Data Wise Project team decided to capture in a new book what they learned from working with school systems, and not just with educators. Titled System Wise: Continuous Educational Improvement at Scale, the book extends the Data Wise process from individual classrooms and schools to broader educational contexts for educators at any level. Additionally, plans are under way to launch the first System Wise Leadership Institute, which will take place in May 2025.

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