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Institute of Education Sciences. What Works Clearinghouse. Institute of Education Sciences.

Before offering any type of professional development to staff, consult this resource.   It contains an extensive database containing information on professional development and instructional strategies. The database can be searched based on specific school, grade level, or teacher need to find evidence-based professional development ideas.

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National Center on Response to Intervention. The Essential Components of RTI. National Center on Response to Intervention.

This interactive site contains extensive information about Response To Intervention (RTI).   Administrators and teachers can use the graphic to learn about the the Essential Components of RTI, including data-based decision making, progress monitoring, and screening.

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The Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement. (2009). Professional Learning Communities. The Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement. The authors of this guide explain the essential characteristics of an effective professional learning community (PLC). Strategies are provided to assess the impact of collaboration on student achievement, and necessary supports are outlined.

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Hamilton, L. et al. (2009). Using Student Achievement Data to Support Instructional Decision Making. Institute of Education Sciences.

This resource makes recommendations for improving the practice of using data to effectively inform instruction. These include making data a part of the on-going cycle of instructional improvement, establishing a clear vision, providing effective supports, and developing and maintaining a data system.

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National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing. Data Use Process Guide. National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing.

This interactive guide describes each of the steps needed for data-informed decision making and highlights key considerations at each step in the data use process. The guide is divided into four stages: assessment, analysis, transformation planning, and transition. Strategies are provided for the implementation of effective formative assessments, student feedback, and benchmark assessments.