By Day 7 of Week 1 Read a selection of your colleagues’ posts. Respond to two or


By Day 7 of Week 1
Read a selection of your colleagues’ posts.
Respond to two or more of your colleagues in any of the following ways:
Expand on a colleague’s analysis of change over time, specifically from the perspective of your specialization expertise.
Explain how a data trend identified by a colleague impacts your particular specialization as well.
Support or refute a colleague’s selection of a guiding principle from the Fullan (2016) text.
(1) Heather Dorsett
RE: Discussion 1 – Module 1
Discussion 1: Changes and Trends in Data
Change is part of our lives. In order to have success we must experience changes. Success requires a strong moral purpose and the knowledge to make the changes (Fullan, 2016). Change will involve loss, anxiety, and many struggles but we must know that this is part of the process, and we must be prepared for these parts in order to not make other mistakes (Fullan, 2016).
Changes over time within the data related to your specialization area
Within special education there were some notable changes. According to the data presented there were 18% of students who qualified for special education in Grand city this is an increase from 5 years ago when it was 15% (Walden University, LLC. Producer, 2016b). When compared to the state numbers 5 years ago that state was at 15% and currently in the state number of students qualifying for special education is down at 13% (Walden University, LLC. Producer, 2016b).
Another area of interest is reading and after looking at the ELA test results for 3-5 graders. It is clear that there is a concern in our children’s reading scores. Currently over 50% of 3-5th graders do not meet reading benchmarks (Walden University, LLC. Producer, 2016b). As compared to 5 years ago 40.3% did not meet the standards. With regard to those that do meet the standard on the reading benchmark only 25.7% received a passing score as compared to 5 years ago the number was 34.4% (Walden University, LLC. Producer, 2016b).
These numbers are alarming. In order to make positive changes in our children’s lives they must learn to read. If these numbers continue on the current trend, then we are doing a disservice to our students. These children are not learning to read, and we much have a plan and be ready to make changes in order to support their reading needs.
Trends
The city of Grand City is undergoing a lot of changes. They are experiencing an influx of immigrants from Risa and are experiencing some changes to their economy and issues within the school system. In order to get ahead of these problems, the mayor has assembled a task force to look at the problems and come up with solutions. When looking at the data gathered by the team in the Grand City community and considering the need for change in ELA reading progress. It will be imperative that action is taken.
Implications
The implications that have come from the presentation of the Grand City data and considering the comments from the mayor and the task force ensure that the community is ready to work together to make the needed changes. The team is prepared to do what is necessary to help their students and the community as a whole to overcome these issues. (Walden University, LLC. , 2017a).
One concept from Fullan (2016) on educational change
In order to make real change for our students we are going to need to consider “changes in practice” (Fullan, 2016). Some possible changes that could be made include the changes of instructional resources, implementing new teaching approaches, and or changing the beliefs or assumptions underlying policies and or programs (Fullan, 2016).
References
Fullan, M. (2016). The new meaning of educational change (5th ed.). New York, NY:
Teachers College Press.
Walden University, LLC. (Producer). (2017a). Grand City opening task force meeting
[Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.
Walden University, LLC. (Producer). (2016b). Grand City education and demographic
data files [PDF]. Baltimore, MD: Author.
Heather
(2) Sarwat Suraiya
RE: Discussion 1 – Module 1
An analysis of the Grand City data and information from Mayor Keller’s welcome from the perspective of your role in the community:
Grand City is a growing city where the economy is shifting rapidly. The city is experiencing a huge influx of many refugees from Risa. Therefore, Mayor Keller gathered with a group of professionals with a new plan that has become inevitable to accommodate the diverse population with new competitive education and economic opportunity.
Trends that emerge from the data, their impact on the Grand City community, and your specialization in particular:
As an early childhood leader, I mirror my perspective with the early childhood education director of Grand City Brenda Stevens. Mrs. Stevens shared her concern about the growing number of refugees and the overall population in the city who cannot afford preschool education or childcare support (Walden University, 2017a). These students who are now attending preschools or childcare will be the population of the elementary, middle, high, college, and part of the workforce eventually of the city in the near future (Walden University, 2017a).
Overall implications of the presented Grand City data:
The overall implication of the presented Grand city data is that it represents the dramatic shifting of the demographic of the city. Therefore, as an early childhood leader, asking all sectors of the community to work together to meet the need of the youngest members of the community who are attending childcare and preschool now to support their growth in the future (Walden University, 2017a). Regarding implications, Fullan (2016) mentioned that “ironically, in many ways, the more committed an individual is to a specific form of change, the less effective he or she will be in getting others to implement it. As we say, “being right” is not a strategy, it is only in the past 40 years that educators have come to realize that “the proof is in the ‘putting” (p. 17).
One concept from Fullan (2016) on educational change that you believe should be a key guiding principle for the task force moving forward:
Fullen (2016) stated that “There are a variety of reasons why individuals or groups decide to embark on a change, for example, personal prestige, bureaucratic self-interest, political responsiveness, and/or commitment to solving an unmet need or change may be foisted on them” (p. 12). Out of all these reasons and concepts from Fullan (2016), I believe that solving an unmet need to change should be the key guiding principle for the task force to work together to move forward toward the change.
References
Fullan, M. (2016). The new meaning of educational change (5th ed.). New York, NY: Teachers College Press.
Walden University, LLC. (Producer). (2017a). Grand City opening task force meeting [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.
Walden University, LLC. (Producer). (2016b). Grand City education and demographic data files [PDF]. Baltimore, MD: Author.
Discussion 1: Changes and Trends in Data
As Fullan (2016) notes, change is not easy, even when it is sought. As an educational leader in your community, you may be familiar with the issues facing Grand City and recognize the need for change. Not unlike many 21st-century cities, it is growing, its economy is changing, and its early childhood and other educational programs must change to accommodate the diverse needs of the next generation. As the demographics have changed, key indicators such as test scores have declined. Mayor Keller won the election by campaigning to make changes in the schools and the community to reverse these trends.
The mayor has approached leaders in the community to join her in developing a plan to prepare the city for a newly competitive educational and economic landscape. In preparation for the first task force meeting, Mayor Keller has asked its members to gather and review data for Grand City, related to their specialized area. As you will see, the task force includes a variety of professionals from diverse economic, civic, early childhood, K–12 education, and other community programs. Before the task force can make recommendations, it must understand what is happening by analyzing data relevant to the schools and students.
For this Discussion, you will analyze the educational and demographic data of Grand City by taking on the role of a task force member from your own specialization. You will then consider the implications of that data on its programs, schools, and community.
To prepare:
Read the Gonzalez-Shancho and Vincent-Lancrin (2016) and Mandinach et al. (2015) articles related to data collection and analysis in education. Reflect on the difficulty they describe regarding making data accessible to decision makers. With the volume of data available, how can users get the information they need without feeling overwhelmed by the volume of data available?
Read the Mandinach et al. (2015) article regarding best practices and practices to avoid in the use of data. Are there other practices you would add to either list?
Review the Fullan (2016) chapters for this module. Consider Fullan’s thoughts related to educational change and how, using the data and your role in the community, you might apply them to Grand City’s task force.
In the City Hall location in Grand City, view the video of the mayor’s welcome to the education task force. The video includes introductions to several of Grand City’s stakeholders who are members of the task force.
Review the Grand City demographic, community, and educational data, in City Hall in Grand City. From your perspective as an educational leader in the community—whether your expertise is in early childhood, K–12, administrator, educational technologist, or other specialist—consider what the important changes are over time in the data and trends that emerge. What trends are important for the task force to consider? What is the impact of the data on the Grand City community and its educational programs (both early childhood and K–12)?
By Day 3 of Week 1
Post an analysis of the Grand City data and information from Mayor Keller’s welcome from the perspective of your role in the community. In your analysis, be sure to explain:
Changes over time within the data related to your specialization area
Trends that emerge from the data, their impact on the Grand City community, and your specialization in particular
Overall implications of the presented Grand City data and comments from Mayor Keller and the task force members on the community and its educational programs
One concept from Fullan (2016) on educational change that you believe should be a key guiding principle for the task force moving forward. Support your explanation with specific reference to the data and your analysis.
For this Discussion, and all scholarly writing in this course, you will be required to use APA style and provide reference citations.
Module 1: Initiating Data-Informed Change (Weeks 1 and 2)
Dramatic changes are taking place in Grand City, from changes in the economy and workforce, to shifts in the city’s demographic makeup. Grand City now is also experiencing the influx of many refugees from Risa. The impact on local schools and services has been tremendous, including falling test scores. Changes are needed at all levels to accommodate a growing population and new job opportunities. In the recent city elections, Mayor Tara Keller won a decisive victory by promising to address these issues. Additionally, she sees this as an opportunity to identify needs based on data, invest in new ideas, and make program improvements.
One of Mayor Keller’s initiatives is to form a task force with representatives from across the community to study the issues and to form a plan for addressing them. Unlike some task forces convened previously, this one will include leaders from across the community. Among the institutions participating will be early childhood programs, the school district, the community college, and private schools. Mayor Keller’s task force will be reviewing, analyzing, and evaluating quantitative and qualitative data about the city’s children, students, and citizens.
Beginning in this module, and throughout this course, you will take on the role of a member of Mayor Keller’s task force to analyze the issues and trends affecting education and the city’s future growth and to plan for needed changes.
Note that throughout this course, you will be asked to represent the perspective of your specialization. Whether your background is in early childhood, educational technology, special education, or another area, you will draw on your experience and expertise to contribute to the task force.
Learning Objectives
Students will:
Analyze trends in educational and demographic data
Evaluate guiding principles for educational change
Evaluate educational program areas of improvement
Develop philosophies of educational change
Evaluate the use of data for change in educational programs and communities


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