Using Data to Enhance Tough Conversations With Families

A talk by Victoria Thompson
Mathematics Teacher, Annie Wright Schools

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A student struggles with basic factoring yet wants calculus on his transcript. Another wants to take honors English but lacks study skills. Conveying these messages to families can be tough, but with the aid of data and tech tools you can make these conversations go more smoothly.

The purpose of this session is to inform educators options on how to use data to enhance tough conversations with families. Whether it’s at a parent-teacher conference, an IEP meeting, or via email, students may be struggling academically or behaviorally, and it is our job to report it to their families. Additionally, at the high school level, there are several “gateway” courses that give student insight into college and career readiness. At times, a student’s expectation of their grade and/or performance in those classes may not match up with reality.

Technology intervention used in this session will be devices (laptop, phone, tablet) for both the students and the teachers in the classroom, Microsoft Forms/Google Forms (for ease of grading and data tracking), Microsoft OneNote/Google Drive (for organization of documents, lists, and notes), Microsoft Excel/Google Sheets (for organization of data), PearDeck (for presenting information and engaging students in analytical thinking), and Microsoft Translator (a translator service).

The primary model employed in this session will be an inquiry learning model. Attendees will learn about using data and tech tools through the experience of solving several open-ended problems.

The objective of this session is to teach attendees how to meaningfully integrate technology into their methods of data collection, assessment reflection, and communication with students and their families."

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Victoria Thompson

STEM educator specializing in math education; education technology consultant for Microsoft Education

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