Sustainability symposium ICSEI Glasgow

At the ICSEI conference in Glasgow (January 2016) we organized a symposium about the sustainability of the datateam® procedure. Kim Schildkamp started with an introduction about the procedure and our perspective on sustainability. Subsequently the policy, research and practice perspective regarding experiences with the procedure were presented.

Policy: Etty Schippers from the Ministry of education presented the policy perspective. The Ministry does not only support research into the data team® procedure, but also other types of professional development both for school leaders and teachers. They are also supporting a new project concerning formative assessment and the data team® procedure.

Research: Mireille Hubers presented her research into sustainability in terms of organizational routines concerning data use in data teams. Paying attention to sustainability from the start of the data team process turns out to be very important.

Practice: Anne Tappel from the Dutch secondary school Carmelcollege Salland shared her experiences with working at a data team at her school. She also discussed the challenges of implementing measures resulting from working with the procedure and of continuing with two data teams at her school. Her school has also appointed her as a Data use project leader.

Christel Wolterinck from the Dutch secondary school Marianum Groenlo also presented her experiences with working with data teams. Her school implemented measures resulting from the data team, which contributed to solving the problem. Furthermore, the school has appointed her as a team leader Education and development. The school has started with new data teams and the intention is that all teachers will use data in their work in the future.

Discussant Jan Vanhoof of Antwerpen University valued the contributions from different perspectives.

He questioned whether sustainability should be perceived as continuing with data teams, or rather as ongoing progress in data-informed working to realize school improvement. In addition, he noted that it is very important that data use is not limited to data team members alone.

Although data use with the data team® procedure leads to promising results, long-term implementation of effective data use in the entire school is still challenging. We are looking forward to work on this challenge with our further research.