New Book Authored by Kauffman Foundation Researcher Explains Importance of Improving Data Literacy in Education

Book provides a roadmap for integrating data literacy into teacher preparation programs

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (April 7, 2016) — Data literacy has become an essential skill set for teachers as education becomes more of an evidence-based profession. A new book co-authored by a Kauffman Foundation researcher explains why teachers in all stages of professional growth need to learn how to use data effectively and responsibly to inform their teaching practices.

“Data Literacy for Educators: Making It Count in Teacher Preparation and Practice,” by Ellen B. Mandinach, senior research scientist and director of the Data for Decisions Initiative at WestEd, and Edith S. Gummer, director of education research at the Kauffman Foundation, and  was published this month by WestEd and Teachers College Press.

The book is a groundbreaking resource that uses case studies of emerging programs in schools of education to illustrate the key components needed to integrate data-driven decision-making into the teaching curricula. “Data Literacy for Educators” also provides concrete strategies for schools of education and school districts looking to use data effectively for professional development and to inform their teaching practices effectively and responsibly.

The authors will present the book this weekend at the American Educational Research Association annual meeting in Washington, D.C. The book is available for purchase on the Teachers College Press website.