Data Use, Technology, and Educational Leadership

What does “leadership for data use” look like?

I’m teaching a class entitled “Using Data and Evidence for School Improvement” to an group of aspiring school leaders. Last night, I closed class by asking students to illustrate what “leadership for data use” meant to them. Not only did we have a lot of fun, I heard a lot of a good connections to our course readings. Thanks to all my students!

Leadership as a carrot disguised as a cupcake. Not not only the realism, but how the arms and concepts form a cycle of inquiry.

Finishing touches

Finishing touches

Serious work.

Serious work.

Love the details.

Love the details

Leadership as mutually supportive arms. Note the symbolic tattoos!

A supportive cycle

A supportive cycle

Leadership as PacMan. The dots are actually D’s for data. Also note the power-ups.

Leadership as PacMan

Leadership as PacMan

Note the loop-around exit (top left).

Note the loop-around exit (top left).

One last group. Apologies to the group with the allegory of rivers, mountains, and rafts. My first pic came out blurry due to lighting issues; the illustration got erased before I could retake. It reminded me a lot of this:

The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien


2 comments on “What does “leadership for data use” look like?

  1. Lauri Johnson
    October 19, 2014


    Hi from the UK….love this activity! Say hi to all those data savvy BC EL students!


  2. Phil
    October 31, 2014

    Cool activity. Phil P.

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