Education systems across our world are struggling with how to best support our learners and how to engage students in current educational settings.

Esteemed equity champion and educator Linda Darling-Hammond shared, “As the coronavirus pandemic continues, it is clear that picking up where we left off and returning to business-as-usual in education will not be possible. In many ways, this is a good thing. Our education system has been deeply unequal and erratic in delivering on the promise of a quality education for all of America’s children.”

As an advocate, she asserts 10 policy moves for states in the COVID 2.0 era 
  1. Close the Digital Divide 
  2. Strengthen Distance Learning 
  3. Emphasize authentic learning and assessments 
  4. Ensure supports for social-emotional learning 
  5. Redesign schools for stronger relationships
  6. Support community schools 
  7. Expand learning time 
  8. Use formative assessments that support growth
  9. Leverage more equitable school funding
  10. Sustain early childhood education programs

In addressing such policy ideas, have you ever found yourself needing the details and the big picture at the same time? Arthur Koestler (1972) refers to this part and whole interaction as holonomy. So, how might you be able to see both the part and whole importance simultaneously?

A way to amplify such interaction is with enterprise reporting systems. Enterprise reporting systems accelerate holonomy for organizations by meeting the multiple detail and whole picture interests of the stakeholders that interact with the system of schooling. Students, parents, teachers, policy-makers, financial analysts, community members (and many more) can come together to inquire and seek answers to their questions. In turn, nimble and personalized dashboards can help these stakeholders see the parts and whole in simple, yet meaningful ways.

Thinking about Darling-Hammond’s top 10 policy moves, where might you find the detailed and big picture data points in your system? What data would you like to collect now and in the future?

Catch the author at the Tech & Learning Conference: Future-Proofing your District Plan virtual event on Friday, May 29th 2020.

Innive has expertise in business intelligence and data analytics, including over five years of experience deploying the Innive K12 360° analytics solution at medium to large K-12 school districts across the nation.  As a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Innive is offering free support for schools through December 2020. Learn more here.

Frances Marie Gipson, PhD

Frances Marie Gipson is a clinical associate professor of education in the School of Educational Studies at Claremont Graduate University, and also serves in the capacity of Director of the Urban Leadership Program. Prior to this role Dr. Gipson served as the Chief Academic Officer of the second largest school district in the nation.  Gipson’s leadership has been formally recognized from her peers, higher education, and national organizations ranging from Administrator of the Year Award from ACSA, the Tae Han Kim award for humanitarian and cultural accomplishments, CSULA Day of the Educator award for excellence in fieldwork supervision, Excellence in Urban Leadership Award, Top 30 Trailblazers, Technologists, and Transformers by the Center for Digital Education, AALA President’s Award, Sanford Inaugural Scholar, and most recently Distinguished Alumni by CGU.

Gipson believes that “living in the system” and “disturbing the system” are both critical to agency and advocacy for youth, and ensure that our communities are at the center of all decisions. She is inspired to coach, mentor, and support the next generation of urban leaders who will promote flourishing urban school systems.