EDU650: Teaching Learning and Leading in the 21st Century

EDU650: Week 5 – Discussion Forum 2

Week 5 – Discussion Forum 2

Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Refer to the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric under the Settings icon above for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.

No Excuses University: Data Management Reflection [WLO: 3] [CLOs: 1, 2]

Damen Lopez, the founder of No Excuses University, suggests that for data-driven decisions to be made, we must first make data easily accessible and share it openly with each other. Data is just data until we present it as useful information! Once we can see data as useful information, then data becomes knowledge! When we have the knowledge of the data, possibilities are endless as it assists in guiding our decision-making process. This week you will examine data management in an educational setting.

“Don’t be buffaloed by experts and elites. Experts often possess more data than judgment.” (Colin Powell, as cited in Lopez, 2019)


Prior to beginning work on this discussion forum, read Chapter 9 in No Excuses University on data management. You can also review the recommended resources for additional support.


Within your own professional experiences, reflect on NEU’s data management concepts:

  • Data must be easily accessible.
  • Information about students (learners) needs to be openly shared.
  • Leaders must offer data that are deliberately arranged.

Content Instructions

Address each of the discussion points beginning with a description of any classroom and/or assessment experience you may have. If you do not have direct classroom experience, you may respond to these questions based on your own understanding of what occurs in schools, or a professional or volunteer position you have held outside of a school setting.

  • Describe some of the common reasons why educators keep their data private from each other. Suggest ways that you and your team might break down these barriers.
  • For those with classroom and assessment experience, describe how your current data are easily accessible, openly shared, and deliberately arranged.
  • For those without such experience, discuss the importance of the three pillars of data management and how you intend to apply this to your anticipated practice.
  • Share what you will do to make your system for data management exceptional. Provide at least two examples.

Be sure to make reference to your readings when responding to this discussion to support your analysis.

Guided Response: Respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts. Make an effort to select classmates with and without experience so as to think critically about both perspectives in relation to your own. Provide specific feedback regarding your classmates’ ideas for breaking down barriers. For those classmates with experience, discuss any similarities and differences you share regarding accessibility, sharing, and arrangement of your data. For those without experience, share how your perception is changed regarding the importance of the three pillars of data management and provide feedback about their ideas for applying them to their own practice. On each response to your peers, reflect on their ideas for making their system for data management exceptional. What recommendation can you make to further enhance their ideas?

Be sure also to respond to any questions that your instructor might pose. Continue to monitor the discussion forum through Day 7 and respond with robust dialogue to anyone who replies to your initial post.

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