Data Driven Instruction

The leadership team at ILMA International School are a passionate bunch of teachers determined to create structures and processes that contribute to school development. Over the last two years of their partnership with Mantra4Change, they have begun many initiatives. One such structure is the monthly ‘catch up meetings’ with the teachers. A coordinator at ILMA is mapped with a teacher, and they have a one-on-one conversation, discussing lesson plans, instructional strategies, and challenges, among other things. 

However, they discovered that the conversations needed to be supported with more evidence and must have concrete objectives. With the support of their School Transformation Leads (STLs), the team of coordinators decided to adopt a data-driven approach while addressing their teachers. They chalked out a plan for how this would look at ILMA International Schools and began the process immediately. They believed that this approach would improve the quality of interactions with teachers and also help track student growth more efficiently. 

Over the next few months, class teachers began to submit student scores from every set of exams to the leadership team. The team would then collate the different marks on an Excel sheet and graphically represent them through bar graphs and pie charts. Through this representation, they were able to analyze student growth across subjects, across different exams, and even across classrooms, highlighting how different classes are performing.  

The analysis was presented to the teachers during their monthly meetings, where they also discussed the strategies to be used in the upcoming term to help improve student performances. This approach has redefined how the school uses data in their school development and also their approach towards teacher development. Through this data-driven approach, interactions between teachers have become more objective, and interventions can be suggested immediately after every set of evaluations. 

The analysis was presented to the teachers during their monthly meetings, where they also discussed the strategies to be used in the upcoming term to help improve student performances. This approach has redefined how the school uses data in their school development and also their approach towards teacher development. Through this data-driven approach, interactions between teachers have become more objective, and interventions can be suggested immediately after every set of evaluations.

In the next year, the leadership team envisions the school using data to measure not only academic student outcomes but also teacher retention, teacher morale, practices, and other factors that contribute to overall school development.  

We, at Mantra4Change, hope to see their vision come alive and are happy to support them wherever required!

By Sohinee Thakurta, School Transformation Lead, Mantra4Change

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