Presenter: Nicole Shannon, Hutto ISD 
T-TESS Domain: Planning 1.2
Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 1

Getting students to ask “How can I improve?” instead of “What’s my grade?” is every teacher’s dream. How do we help students understand not only how they’re doing in class, but ways they can increase their development and improve performance where needed? This course offers tips for using data to get students involved in the process, while shaping classroom instruction.

You’ve probably heard that setting goals is key to success, but how do you know which goals to set? By assessing and reflecting on student data using the strategies outlined in this course, teachers can more clearly identify goals for the next school year.

This course specifically addresses the Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS). 

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Take learning to the next level with practical strategies for helping students understand their assessment results and how they apply to continued learning and development. In Using Data to Inform Instruction, Nicole Shannon discusses the relationship between student assessment and classroom instruction, and how to “share data forward” to inform teaching practices and increase success for students and teachers.

This course covers:

  • Spiraling
  • Informal and formal assessments
  • Strategies for applying assessment data to teaching practices
  • The importance of professional learning communities of professional learning communities

This course specifically addresses the Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS).

Presenter Bio

Nicole Shannon, M.Ed. has over 19 years of experience in gifted education. She currently serves as the Advanced Academics Specialist for Hutto ISD. Prior to joining her current district, Nicole served as the Coordinator of Gifted/Advanced Academic Services for Round Rock ISD for five years. She was a gifted specialist in Round Rock ISD for 10 years before taking this position. She has presented at the district, local, and state level to preservice and in-service teachers, counselors, administrators, and parents on a variety of topics in gifted education throughout her years in this field. Prior to moving to Round Rock, Nicole served as a teacher, curriculum coordinator, and school principal at private schools in Honolulu, HI, San Diego, CA, and Virginia Beach, VA. Nicole graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Learning and Development from the University of Texas at Austin and completed her M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership with a specialization in Gifted/Talented at Lamar University in Beaumont, TX. 

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11 reviews for Using Data to Inform Instruction

  1. MANUELA – GOOSE CREEK CISD (verified owner)

    It vas very clear and to the point. It was a nice review.

  2. Samantha – ECTOR COUNTY ISD (verified owner)

    Great information

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  4. Griselda – WESLACO ISD (verified owner)

    great review

  5. Dawn – LUBBOCK ISD (verified owner)

    It was a great course.

  6. Martha – GEORGETOWN ISD (verified owner)

    good info

  7. David – Pilot (verified owner)

    This course is very informative about how to assess students and work in a PLC.

  8. Patricia – MCALLEN ISD (verified owner)

    It was a great review

  9. Sanjuana – LAREDO ISD (verified owner)

    It addresses the standard.

  10. Elizabeth – VAN WERT CITY (verified owner)

    This course reviews different ways that data can be analyzed from the different perspectives of teachers, students, classes, and colleagues. It reinforces the idea that teachers can improve their craft by reflecting individually, as well as with others who can offer advise on areas of weaknesses when it comes to instructional strategies.

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