Using Data to Close Learning Gaps

Focus Area: Leading Through Change

Instructional Coaches, Leaders

Phase: Targeted Support

Available Now


While we may see unusually large learning loss this year, educators must always grapple with how to help students close academic gaps. Using data thoughtfully as well as honoring the past year’s trauma will allow educators to focus their efforts. In this workshop leaders will:

  • Define the “remediation paradox”
  • Explore scenarios and how consistency, data, equity, flexibility, and stakeholders play a role
  • Build and get peer feedback on a plan to help teachers address gaps


This session is designed for district, school, and teacher leaders who interface with school-level educators to provide instructional support, training, and leadership.


  • Virtual Workshop
  • 2 hours
  • Participants will need a camera, microphone, and a Zoom-enabled device


I create data-driven systems for accelerating learning and closing academic gaps.

Learning Experience


  • Contextualize the term “accelerating growth”
  • Define the “remediation paradox”
  • Compare acceleration vs. remediation and asset vs.deficit mindsets
  • Review the five Pillars for Accelerating Learning


  • Analyze 5 approaches for “minding the gap”
  • Identify key “lenses” when using specific approaches
  • Explore strategies and tools that help create a sustainable system for accelerating growth various contexts using real-world scenarios


  • Synthesize new learning
  • Build a strategic plan for implementing ideas and strategies in context
  • Exchange feedback from peers on strategic plans