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Using Data to Drive Instruction: 

At GEMS United School, we are curious learners inspired to reach beyond ourselves.  Our approach—American PLUS—focuses on “Personalized Learning @ US.”  In the context of personalization of learning in our classrooms, curious teachers gather as much data as they can about each child and, together, the teacher and child explore and use that data to tailor instruction, learning activities, content, and goals, checking on progress and attainment along the way. Parents are included in these conversations, directly or indirectly via online platforms, and “we” are inspired to guide and push children to stretch themselves, emotionally and academically.  

Last week, the SLT hosted one of what will be several Parent Coffee Conversations about data-informed (or data-driven) instruction at GEMS US. Click here to review presentation. Please take the time to watch the two videos, one about data and one of our teachers talking about personalized learning. Teachers use data from standardized tests like MAP, CAT4, PSAT/SAT, AP, and internal assessments specific to curricula, to gauge student aptitude and readiness for learning as well as student learning styles. We also gather data from the relationships they’re building with students as they get to know them in class and through extra-curricular activities.  We talk a lot about students in meetings, tracking progress and sharing tips for how best to motivate and work with specific children.

Much of our professional development training for teachers is focused on how to interpret and, most importantly, apply all the various data points to their lesson planning.  We’re on this journey because we know that profound, lasting learning happens when the content, activities, and context are relevant, hands-on, applicable to the real-world, and tailored to each individual student’s learning style, personality and academic ability.  Data informs what we do, how we do, and how we can continually improve teaching and learning at GEMS US. We hope you’ll join us for another conversation drilling down into the data gathered, how we interpret it, and how we apply that knowledge to our teaching and work with your children.