System Failure: Data Overload

The term “data-driven” is en vogue, especially in education circles. While the idea of using data to inform decision-making is not novel, the volume of information available to us is at an all-time high. From a plethora of personalized learning programs to an increasing number of data collection systems, school leaders are rightfully emphasizing data collection from these sources. However, the allure of trying to collect all of the information available has left some school leaders in a trap: schools are inundated with loads of data - some relevant, most excess noise - and don’t know what to do with it. I recently attended a panel on sports analytics, which very much parallelled the debate i

What We're Reading

Here at Fulcrum, we love to read. We especially love to find inspiration for our work in interesting places, both inside and outside of education. Here is a collection of our favorite works that have helped shape our philosophy and thinking: Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World By Cal Newport We live in a world that values volume, speed, multitasking, more more more! But is it helping us? Are we better for it? Cal Newport lays out the argument that the most successful people are the ones who engage in deep work and avoid the frenzy of our fast-paced, tech-crazed working culture. Plenty of implications for how and why we work with schools in the way that we do -- but als

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