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CREATING A CLIMATE HOSPITABLE TO EDUCATION

All Prince George's County schools use
the Data Wise process, developed at the
Harvard Graduate School of Education
as a way to make discussions about
data and the implications for instruction
more productive. The year before Daniel
became principal of Chillum, the school's
leaders decided that improving math
instruction would be the school's top priority. Teachers were expected to comply,
yet they had not been a part of that process, despite wanting to be involved.
In response, Daniel hired a data
coach to help teachers learn how to

analyze their students' progress and
how to adjust their instruction appropriately. Daniel also set up professional
development and planning sessions.
Teachers asked for more time to work
directly with one another, so Daniel
converted every other session into an
opportunity for teachers to collaborate
on instructional issues.
Meetings allow Daniel to talk with
teachers about two of her biggest concerns-building up students' inventory
of academic language and increasing
the level of rigor. The relationships she
has developed with teachers and the

Change is hard
and messy in the
beginning, but if
we stay close to
the goals that we
create as a team,
we can help
everyone along
the way."
-Ryan Daniel, principal,
Chillum Elementary School,
Hyattsville, MD

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PRINCIPAL * Special Supplement - May/June 2018

Whiteboard Wisdom
A peek at Principal Ryan Daniel's
whiteboard reveals the following
questions to ask yourself:
1.	 How can I be helpful?
2.	How can I be a hindrance?
3.	How can I make things go well?

trust they place in her enable Daniel to
raise those issues and work with teachers on techniques for addressing them.
Evidence of that trust is that teachers
asked Daniel to observe them informally,
and give them feedback to help them
Photos by Lloyd Wolf

Opportunities to Collaborate



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