Making Your Data Meetings Safe and Productive
In this activity, you'll learn how to create data meeting norms that encourage safety and creativity.
How This Can Help Us
Educators view data as representations of their work. Sharing this information is a vulnerable act. Meeting norms should focus on learning about what’s working for your team, sharing successful techniques, and sharing stories. When we reduce fear and increase trust, we have more sharing and critical thinking. And when that happens, we learn more together about what we can do today to support our students better.
Follow These Steps
Imagine your ideal conversations: Describe the conversations you want that will lead to collective learning and benefit for your students. Try these sentence frames:
“When we talk about data, I want to learn more about _____.”
“When we talk about data, I don’t want to feel worried that _____.”
“I make the best decisions for my students when _____.”
Identify productive behaviors: Describe behaviors that result in the kind of data conversations you want. Consider these examples:
A week before each meeting, our team begins to gather information to bring and discuss.
When someone needs help gathering or understanding data, we meet them where they are and learn together.
When tense situations arise, we avoid blaming an individual and focus on how our team is about to improve.
Post in a visible place: Capture these behaviors in a list that’s visible during your data meetings. These will evolve over time, so it’s worthwhile to start with just a few. This article suggests five norms or fewer.
Review and improve: Pick a date on the calendar to review the norms. During this review, lead with questions like: “How well are these norms making it safe to share and discuss data for decision-making?”
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More On Psychological Safety and Meeting Norms
This is a big topic, so I've included some of the reading that inspired this post in case you want to explore more: