The proven Taking Action with Data™ (TADA) methodology focuses on inquiry with a basis in action research. Educators learn to routinely act as researchers, examining and analyzing their student data as it aligns to rigorous standards. They engage in frequent, low-stakes conversations about data, collaborating about how each student is progressing against the learning standards. This ultimately creates a transparent data culture and takes schools from data-rich to data-informed environments. Our straightforward methodology has multiple entry points, allowing high levels of differentiation and customization, while maintaining focus on specific learning objectives.

The TADA framework is based on the data use research in high-quality professional learning communities and data-driven instruction, including but not limited to Hamilton et al. (2009), Knight (2007 & 2008), Kee and Anderson (2010), Fullan (2004), Dufour et al. (2006), and Ferrance (2000). Our research around data use in concert with our experience in the field have come together to produce the inquiry-based, collaborative, and data-driven TADA methodology. Additionally, our experience and research in the realm of leadership has been influenced by the work of change leaders such as Heifetz, Linsky, Senge, and Marzano.

Map Content

Our Data Use course includes a catalog of engaging content designed to help educators develop skills related to specific concepts. Educators can follow a personalized path through the content — a sample set of resources are available for preview below. Additionally, leaders can use our session guides to facilitate learning with groups of educators.

  • Hear educators discuss their journey, including personal stories of success and challenge, when implementing key skills in their classroom to support student learning.

  • Learning module screenshot Learning module showing how to deconstruct a standard

    Learn new skills and see them being used in context.

  • Deconstructing a Standard Check for Understanding

    Check your understanding as you learn using our integrated quizzes.

  • Access turnkey tools you can use to implement new learning in your own classroom.

    Download the Depth of Knowledge Instruction Plan Template

Concepts and Skills

This Map includes 42 key skills (Skill hexagon) grouped into 11 concepts ( Concept ). Implementation of this highly specific skillset is intended to help teachers immediately impact student outcomes.

  • Identify Patterns in Data
    • Patterns of Strength
    • Patterns of Need
    • Item Analysis
  • Validate Observed Patterns
    • Data Inventory
    • Triangulation
  • Determine Root Cause
    • Standard Identification
    • Deconstructing a Standard
    • Root Cause Analysis
  • Brainstorm Strategies
    • Differentiation
      • Enrichment
      • Focus
      • Intensity
      • Method
      • Outcome
      • Pace
      • Reteach
      • Rigor
    • Research Instructional Strategies
    • Use of Multiple Instructional Resources
  • Select High-Impact Strategy
    • Align Instruction
    • Select a Strategy
  • Create an Action Plan
    • Data-Driven Planning
    • Depth of Knowledge
    • Grouping Methods
    • Lesson Design
    • Assessment Types
  • Implement Strategy
    • Adjusting Groups
    • Curriculum Visibility
    • Evidence (Measurable student outcomes)
  • Assess
    • Assessment Creation
    • Student Ownership
  • Reflect and Share Results
    • Data Displays
    • Reflection
  • Techniques for Data Conversations
    • Paraphrasing
    • Positive Intent
    • Questioning
    • Listening
    • Practice
  • Implementing Data Conversations
    • Purpose
    • Norms
    • Conferences
    • Multiple Forms of Data
    • Stakeholders