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The Learning Analytics Collaborative
Learning Analytics Created By Educators For Educators
Monthly Newsletter
April 2021
What Our Members Are Saying

As we become increasingly more assessment capable, critical questions we are asking about learning are “Where is a student now”, “How do we know they are learning?”, “What do we do if they are not?” and “What do we do if they have already learned it?” Becoming a member of the LAC was a natural next step in getting all the data we collect on student learning in one place. As newcomers, once the dashboard is set-up each student will have a data profile and we will have at our fingertips multiple data points on individual, cohort and program information that we can use to answer these questions and to inform school wide planning, teaching, and program development.

Carol Jordan
Director of Teaching & Learning
American School of Warsaw
Dear LAC Members,

Welcome to our April LAC Newsletter! As we head into spring breaks around the world, we had a very busy quarter behind us at LAC. Sites have been updated with new sets of data; several new engines have been developed (and several new ones are under development); we have also further enhanced and customized many existing engines. We ran multiple workshops, connected many LAC members with each other, and continue to support your work on your school’s Data Literacy journey. Next quarter will be dominated by the release of the New Interface, SEL dashboard (more information below), and implementations of the Class Placement engine for multiple schools. 

We were planning to relaunch the LAC Data Literacy Workshops in March. However, after receiving multiple requests from members for running these workshops for their schools, we have decided to instead record all planned workshops and make them available on demand via our new LAC Learning Space. We will inform everyone once these become available online. 

Our old LAC Online Learning Center is now closed and everyone should have received their invites to the LAC Learning Space. If you haven’t received an invite, please email lacsupport@consiliencelearning.org 

On March 20, we had a repeat session of a specialist workshop ‘Data Governance: Putting the House in Order’ by Andrew Blair from Zurich International School. Congratulations and many thanks to our amazing speaker! We had a great turnout and I am sure many of you have benefited from Andy’s workshop. We hope to have Andy present this workshop again in the fall. 

Please remember that we have also launched our LAC Blog where you can read great articles about Learning Analytics and beyond! You can find more details below!

The New Interface is almost here! In May we will begin rolling it out. We will contact you as soon as we have transitioned your school to the New Interface and are ready to provide the training for your Technical/Academic Leads. The current sites will remain operational until the transition is completed for all schools. 

Thank you for your feedback on MTSS. We are studying and understanding the new ways in which we can bring the MTSS (multi-tiered systems of support) framework into the LAC platform. If you use the framework at your school, we invite you to share with us the ways in which you do that. You can email me directly with this information.

All the best, stay safe!

Piotr Olczak
Director of Learning Analytics
Consilience Education Foundation
LAC Blog
The latest post in the LAC Blog is about a great article: “Making Student Data Part of the Conversation” It is a case study of how Humboldt Elementary, a school once on the verge of being labeled under-performing, turned to data to move the bar on student success.

You can also read previous posts including Building and Leading a School Culture that Values Data Informed Dialogue to Improve Student Learning by Megan Brazil, Elementary School Principal, United Nations International School, Hanoi, as well as a post on how International School of Phnom Penh uses data to inform decision-making within the Student Support Team by Jonathan Smedes, Director of Learning, Teaching, Innovation and Impact at ISPP.
SEL Dashboard
We are putting the finishing touches on the first engine of the SEL Dashboard. We would like to showcase and demo it to LAC Members on 1st May, 2021. This first engine focuses on measuring Student Social Capital and mapping student networks and relationships. It is an important element of social-emotional learning. The SEL arena is very wide and diverse. Other areas forming part of SEL such as Self Awareness, Self Management, Responsible Decision Making, or Social Awareness combined with a multitude of frameworks (please refer to the article we shared last month from Harvard Graduate School of Education) will lead to expansion of this area at LAC and creation of multiple engines. 

Please use the form to sign up for the demo/showcase session. 
Learning Data Audits
In order to effectively manage data assets and fully realize their potential, any school must first be aware of the location, condition and value of its data. Conducting an audit will provide this information, raising awareness of collection strengths, highlighting areas of improvement as well as potential data issues to improve overall strategy. An audit will highlight duplication of efforts and areas that require additional investment, allowing any school to optimize its resources. It will also highlight shortfalls in data creation and control practices, suggesting changes to minimize the potential risks. Broadly speaking, auditing school’s data assets yields the following benefits:
  • prioritization of resources which leads to efficiency savings
  • ability to manage risks associated with data loss and misuse
  • increasing the value of data assets through improved access and reuse
  • enabling effective and efficient learning analytics and data visualization for data-informed decision making

Full information can be found here

If you are interested in conducting such a Learning Data Audit at your school, please contact Piotr.
Engine of the Month - MAP Scanner
This engine is designed to provide in-depth analysis about the growth and achievement of students in a cohort for each of the MAP tests. It lists all students in a grade level in descending order by their RIT score (overall or for each Goal). You start by choosing the grade level and the subject with a use of toggle button at the top of the page and then the engine allows you to guide your inquiry with a use of interactive and dynamic graphs on the right hand side of the page.
If you would like to find out more about this engine, please see the short video on the LAC Learning space in the Learning Center/Tutorials section. If you would like to implement it in your school’s LAC site, please contact Piotr
Data Literacy - Building a Culture of Data Use

In this great article from Christensen Institute, Chelsea Waite is looking into the untapped potential of using extra curricular activities for assessing students.
Assessing learning in theater programs, debate clubs, and athletics sometimes seems anathema to extra curricular program educators. But it should be a high priority for educators who want to see deeper learning migrate from the periphery of school into the core. 
Useful Links
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