Discussion 1: Data And Collaboration For Social Change


In preparing for the Module 2 Discussion 2, you learned that news of the changes in Grand City has been spreading throughout the state and garnering interest among leaders in many of the surrounding communities. You created a motivational presentation to encourage others to become agents of educational change and integrate data-informed decision making into their processes.

For this Discussion, you will further expand on the importance of data and collaboration for educational and community change. You will also explore leadership strategies for positive social change in your field.

To prepare:

  • Review the motivational you created for the Module 2      Assignment. Consider the Learning Resources from this course thus far on      educational change and leadership, data-driven decision making, and      collaboration for social change. How might you use those resources and      those you found on your own to support the points?
  • Review the Fullan (2016) chapters in this module’s      Learning Resources and think about the various stakeholders invested in      educational change. How might you work (or continue to work) to create      positive social change in your current or future role? Research      evidence-based leadership strategies to support you in this work.


  For the following:

  • A rationale for your points regarding the importance of      being an educational agent of change and why you believe collecting and      interpreting data is essential to the role of educational leader of      change. Be sure to support your rationale with reference to research.
  • A rationale for your points regarding the importance of      collaboration among cross-specialization groups working to make change and      why data-informed decision is essential for a collaborative group to      initiate and implement plans for educational and community change. Be sure      to support your rationale with reference to research.
  • An explanation of at least two evidence-based      leadership strategies you would employ to create positive social change in      your field.

For this Discussion, and all scholarly writing in this course and throughout your program, you will be required to use APA style and provide reference citations.

Learning Resources

Note: To access this module’s required library resources, please click on the link to the Course Readings List, found in the Course Materials section of your Syllabus.

Required Readings

Fullan, M. (2016). The new meaning of educational change (5th ed.). New York, NY: Teachers College Press.

· Chapter 4, “Initiation, Implementation, and Continuation” (pp. 54–81)

· Chapter 6, “The Teacher” (pp. 97–122)

· Chapter 10, “The District Administrator” (pp. 177–208)

Gurley, D.K., Peters, G.B., & Collins, L. (2015). Mission, vision, values, and goals: An exploration of key organizational statements and daily practice in schools. Journal of Educational Change, 16(2), 217-242. doi:10.1007/s10833-014-9229-x

Day, C., Gu, Q, & Sammons, P. (2016). The impact of leadership on student outcomes: How successful school leaders use transformational and instructional strategies to make a difference. Educational Administration Quarterly, 52(2), 221-258. doi:10.1177/0013161X15616863

Adams, C. M., & Miskell, R. C. (2016). Teacher trust in district administration: A promising link of inquiry. Journal of Leadership for Effective and Equitable Organizations, 52(4), 1-32. doi: 10.1177/0013161X16652202

Covey, S. (2009). How the best leaders build trust. LeadershipNow. Retrieved from http://www.leadershipnow.com/CoveyOnTrust.html

Giancola, S. (2014). Evaluation matters: Getting the information you need from your evaluation. U.S. Department of Education. Retrieved from https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oese/sst/evaluationmatters.pdf

Note: This resource is an essential guide for the completion of the Course Project. Be sure to read it for your work in this module, and refer to it often as you complete your Course Project.

Peurach, D.J., Glazer, J.L, Winchell Lenhoff, S. (2016). The developmental evaluation of school improvement networks. Educational Policy, 30(4), 606-648. doi:10.1177/0895904814557592

Required Media

Grand City Community

Go to the Grand City Community and click into City Hall to review the following for this module:

Laureate Education (Producer). (2016b). Grand City education and demographic data files [PDF]. Baltimore, MD: Author.

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