4 ways to help teachers trust data—and you

Data can be a powerful tool for supporting student learning, but it can also create tension for teachers who feel pressured to meet data-driven goals. In some cases, teachers end up feeling undervalued or threatened, concerned that their administrators may focus more on data than they do student experiences in the classroom. These teachers are troubled by the same question: will data be used to judge me as a teacher?

The missing ingredient in these scenarios is trust. Building trust between school leaders and teachers can help shift data from burden to support resource. And, more importantly, it can put the focus back where it should be: on students.

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