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Puerto Rico Research Partnership to Promote the Use of Education Data

Overview

As part of its efforts to promote a culture of data use in education decision making, the Puerto Rico Department of Education (PRDE) is increasing the presence and expanding the role of newly assigned data coaches for each of the island’s seven school regions. The Puerto Rico Partnership to Promote the Use of Education Data provides technical support to the PRDE data coaches as they become familiar with their role and learn to incorporate the data inquiry cycle as part of their role. In addition, the partnership will also help educational (K–12) practitioners use data to inform and differentiate classroom practices.


Goals

  • Support the PRDE as it increases the presence and expands the role of data coaches in schools.
  • Build the capacity of PRDE data coaches to promote data use in districts and schools.
  • Support the data coaches in building the capacity of school-level practitioners to use data to inform classroom instruction.

Leads

Sandra Espada-SantosSandra Espada-Santos
Partnership Lead
REL Northeast & Islands
saespada@gmail.com



Sheila RodriguezSheila Rodriguez
Research Associate
REL Northeast & Islands
srodriguez@edc.org


Projects

Training Project: Data Use Workshop Series
REL Northeast & Islands is partnering with the Puerto Rico Department of Education (PRDE) to offer a series of workshops for the department’s data coaches and the accountability officers who supervise their work. PRDE has assigned data coaches to seven newly created regional educational units (OREs) to support teachers in using data to inform instructional decision-making. (Learn more about this work in a blog post.)

Session 1: April 20, 2018
Bayamón, Puerto Rico

This workshop focused on the role of a data coach. The PRDE data coaches learned about the research base for data coaching and examined best practices related to data coaching and how they can apply these practices to their own work. In addition, the coaches assessed their strengths as data coaches and set goals for growth. At the end of the session, they worked to identify and analyze factors that may drive or impede their work and created actions steps to move their work forward.

Agenda


Session 2: August 1 & 2, 2018
Bayamón, Puerto Rico

This workshop focused on the culture of data use and the data inquiry cycle. Using materials from the REL Northeast & Islands resource, “Practitioner Data Use in Schools: Workshop Toolkit,” the data coaches explored the five elements of an effective culture of data use in schools and districts. They also used an inquiry framework for interpreting data for instructional change and used protocols to analyze data and generate possible root causes. At the end of the two-day session, they worked to connect data analysis to instructional action plans and considered how to support data inquiry routines in their own settings.

Agenda


Session 3: December 4, 2018
Bayamón, Puerto Rico

This workshop focused on building the capacity of the data coaches to use data to inform instruction at the classroom and individual-student levels. Using materials from the REL Northeast & Islands resource, “Toolkit for a Workshop on Building a Culture of Data Use,” the coaches further explored the five elements that contribute to an effective culture of data use and considered how to support data inquiry routines in their own settings. They practiced a full data-inquiry cycle using their own data and learned how to use a consultancy protocol for problem-solving. They also shared some of their successes in their role as a data coach.

Agenda


Session 4: April 5, 2019
San Juan, Puerto Rico

This workshop continued to build the capacity of the data coaches to better understand their roles and responsibilities and how they may work with teachers to use data to inform instructional decision-making. The data coaches developed a vision of their achievements, identified barriers that could impede their role, and determined solutions to those barriers. Additionally, REL Northeast & Island’s Governing Board members engaged in a discussion with the data coaches on best practices in the field related to data use and building a culture of data use.

Technical Support Project: Logic Model Technical Support
Using the REL Northeast & Islands resource, “Logic Models for Program Design, Implementation, and Evaluation: Workshop Toolkit,” REL Northeast & Islands researchers partnered with PRDE to develop a theory of action and long-term plan for its data coaches and their role at the district and school levels. REL researchers helped PRDE to develop a protocol that the data coaches can use with teachers, in a continued cycle, to support them in developing lesson plans for differentiated instruction.

Members

Name Title Organization
Eligio Hernandez Interim Secretary of Education Puerto Rico Department of Education (PRDE)
Aixamar Gonzalez Undersecretary for Academics PRDE
Lydianna Lopez Acting Deputy Secretary, Planning and Assessment PRDE
Didimarylis Bruno Data Consultant PRDE
Nelson Colón President Puerto Rico Community Foundation
Orville Disdier Flores Interim Executive Director Puerto Rico Institute of Statistics