Data-Driven Instruction

(Grades K-12) / Semester Course

PDI Course Number: 106BXX / UCSD Course Number: EDUC40162

Course Description

Are your students learning? Most teachers would emphatically say, "Yes!" without a moment's hesitation. But, how exactly do you know this to be true? What kind of data do you have to back it up? This online course is designed for K-12 teachers who want to not only learn about the data-driven decision-making process, but who want to dig deep into the data to help them further drive their instruction for the benefit of all students. In addition to learning about the different phases of the data-driven process, teachers will also learn how to "read" and analyze data so that any newly-discovered trends and weaknesses can be turned into concrete learning and understanding. Teachers will also learn about the role they play in guiding students to perform their best, using data to support their instructional decisions. Teachers will learn several data-driven instructional best practices as well as how to use various types of data to their utmost advantage, employing technology as much as possible. This course is worth 3 ⅓ semester units/5 quarter units (50 hours of training) from UC San Diego Extension. For detailed information on university credit, click here.

"This course was practical and informative. It allowed me to be reflective on my current practices, and gain new strategies and tips to continue to improve my use of data in the classroom." - Laura Russak

Enrollment Options

Course Only

$174 with the discount

Course with Credit from UCSD Extension

$379 with the discount

This course is worth 3 ⅓ semester units or 5 quarter units of graduate-level credit from UC San Diego.

Summer semester courses must be complete by August 24th.

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UCSD Course Number: EDUC40162
Unit One
  • Data and Teacher Effectiveness
  • The Principles of Data-Driven Instruction
  • Creating a School-Wide Culture of Data-Driven Instruction
  • Assignment #1: Write an autobiography/Write an article reflection
Unit Two
  • Types of Data
  • The Basics of Assessment
  • The Process of Collecting Data
  • Assignment #2: Define how data can be used to help a struggling student
Unit Three
  • Analyzing Data
  • Using Data to Inform Instruction
  • Finding Hidden Data Gems
  • Assignment #3: Design an action plan based on data
Unit Four
  • Creating Data Teams
  • Using Data to Guide Whole Group Instruction
  • The Role of Data in Small Group Instruction
  • Assignment #4: Respond to data presented in a scenario
Unit Five
  • Data-Driven Instruction and Student Motivation
  • Displaying Data
  • Demystifying Data to Form Stronger Parent Partnerships
  • Assignment #5: Analyze provided data
Unit Six
  • Response to Intervention
  • The Role of Technology in Data-Driven Instruction
  • Data-Driven Instruction Best Practices
  • Assignment #6: Share a formative assessment technology tool or app
  • Assignment #7: Course Reflection

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