- Year 2023
- NSF Noyce Award # 1950217
- First Name Matthew
- Last Name Campbell
- Institution West Virginia University
- Role/Position PI
- Workshop Category Track 3: Master Teaching Fellowships
- Workshop Disciplines Audience Mathematics
- Target Audience Co-PIs, Evaluators/Education Researchers, Noyce Master Teachers, Noyce Teaching Fellows, Other Faculty/Staff, Project PIs, Undergraduate and/or Graduate Noyce Scholars
- Topics Developing Teacher Leaders, Research/Assessment/Evaluation, Resources for Teachers
- Session Length 75 minutes minutes
- Additional Presenter(s)
Annie Vopal, firstname.lastname@example.org; Jo Frost, email@example.com
Participants will be able to identify and/or design measurement tools connected to areas of interest in improvement work. They will leverage structures for engaging teachers in collaboratively reflecting on and learning from various forms of data in improvement efforts.
Through a focus on using data and measurement as a central part of collective improvement, we build on the work of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, WestEd’s Math Practical Measurement project, and the Practical Measures, Routines and Representations (PMR2) project at the University of Washington. A core principle of improvement science from the Carnegie Foundation is that, “we cannot improve at scale what we cannot measure” (Bryk et al., 2015). This requires creating measures that can be readily used by practitioners, that can be used with some frequency, that can target specific areas of concern in improvement efforts, and that can provide timely and useful information. As our network has continued to grow, we have built and refined an increasingly robust suite of measures to use across the network as well as structures to support collecting and analyzing the data. Over the first three years of the project, we have found that Fellows and other teachers are developing increasingly robust ways to think about using data from their own practice.
The “Mountaineer Mathematics Master Teachers” (M3T) Track 3 Noyce Master Teaching Fellowships project supports, centers, and leverages experienced middle and high school mathematics teachers from across West Virginia as a statewide, networked improvement community (NIC) aimed toward increasing the number of West Virginia students engaged in “doing mathematics” in meaningful ways. Key to our work as a NIC is the novel use of various forms of data to inform a deep understanding of the problem being addressed and to spur meaningful collective learning and growth across our network. In this session, we engage participants in a range of measures used in our network, such as “practical measures” used in individual classroom activities, a student survey on mathematics class experiences administered at the start and end of the year, and a survey given to teacher colleagues participating in “local improvement teams” as part of our statewide network. Using examples, project staff and Fellows will share details on and lead discussion around the development and use of these measures, the structured ways we reflect on and learn from the data, and their impact on collective improvement. Fellows will share reflections on how the project has reframed their ideas about what “counts” as data and how data can be used to inform teaching. Participants will be invited to discuss potential use and implications for their own contexts and to consider next steps.