I’ve spent part of this week with a group of elementary teachers who are neck-deep in curriculum design. Prior to our first session, I asked them to talk with their students about the types of learning experiences they value most. These data were captured via survey, which enabled us to organize and share the findings, so that they could influence our next steps.

As it turned out, they were very important data to consider.

Learners of all ages have standards. These teachers helped their students give voice to those standards, and we are taking care to wrap them around all of our work moving forward.

It was in this Ted talk that Brene Brown suggested stories might be data with a soul.

I wish every data team meeting were as soulful as the one I witnessed this week.

Adding this data to our dialogue changed everything about the process we’re about to embark on.



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