Hello all,

I just sent out the following email to the Superintendents of each 
district.  You may be very interested in what MCGS is offering or may 
know of others who would be.  Please pass this information on as 

Thank you,
Allen Cohen
(802) 380-2182

/Text of email sent to Supers:/

You have probably received an email from Caleb Clark, director for the 
ed tech programs at Marlboro College Graduate School alerting you to a 
few new courses being offered at the College.As a former graduate of the 
MAT program there and as someone who will be co-teaching one of those 
courses I wanted to make sure you understood the value to your district 
of a totally new offering.

The Vermont Department of Education's new $4.95 million grant from the 
U.S. Department of Education to modernize the state's data systems 
presents an important leadership opportunity and challenge for Vermont's 
superintendents: How to implement effective data leadership and practice 
at both the school and district level to meet the state's increasing 
demands for sophisticated educational data usage?

To meet this emerging demand, Marlboro College Graduate School (MCGS), 
is offering "Data Visualization for Leadership," a new and unique 
one-year series of graduate courses designed for district and school 
leadership. Students will learn how to move beyond the highly 
ineffectual static, paper-based reporting mechanisms currently used by 
most educators to create highly dynamic, interactive Excel-based data 
displays ("visual analytic resources"). The course will weave those 
Excel-based technical skills of dynamic data display and design within 
the larger organizational concepts and culture of effective data 
leadership and practice to support professional learning communities.

The three-course series will comprise "From Data to Data Visualization," 
"Key Practices in Leading with Data," and "Leading Teams with Data 
Visualization." The course will be offered in a hybrid structure 
(face-to-face and online instruction) and graduates of the three-course 
series will earn a professional certificate of practice. Students may 
enroll as individuals but would accrue greater benefits if enrolled as 
members of a district cohort. MCGS is offering a special tuition 
discount equivalent to the UVM cost per credit.

The course will be taught by Steve Bogdanoff, Founder and President of 
ISIS Affiliates and currently Data Specialist for the Massachusetts 
Dept. of Education. Steve is the designer of multiple Visual Analytic 
Resources being used in the state. His chief responsibility is to train 
district and school leadership to build "well-orchestrated systems of 
data collection and analysis embedded within sustainable cultures of 
data-driven instructional decision-making and evidence-based school 
improvement practices."

Information about the course is below.Registration is online at:

K-12 Data Visualization for Leadership.

K-12 leaders and data teams need to develop and sustain 
well-orchestrated systems of data collection and analysis. At the same 
time, they are being asked to build sustainable cultures of data-driven 
decision-making and evidence-based school improvement practices. These 
courses provide the practical skills needed for data-driven leadership 
by developing leadership capacity to design Excel/Google form-based, 
interactive visual data displays using data relevant to one's own 
day-to-day practice. By using "Visual Analytic Resources" (VARs) 
educators can shift from a passive relationship with static, paper-based 
PDF data artifacts to dynamic, interactive analytic experiences.

*3 Classes. 9 graduate credits. One year.*

  * Blended format. Fall Start.
  * Saturdays: 1:30-3:30pm: Sept. 8, 22. Oct. 6, 20. Nov. 3, 17. Dec. 8.
  * Tuition: $556 per graduate credit.
  * 7 students are needed for a course to run.
  * Online Registration starts July 20th, link to follow.
  * A Professional Development certificate will be issued to students
    who complete all three classes.

*Fall:*From Data to Data Visualization: Drawing on data display 
principles developed by Edward Tufte, this course introduces the 
principles and practices of developing Visual Analytic Resources (VARS) 
for K-12 leadership. Students will learn how to bring data to life 
through the development of visual displays. Using standard spreadsheet 
software, students will organize, structure, calculate, format and 
construct the data displays needed to make data useful for 
understanding, communicating and decision-making. Topics covered 
include: the systems framework for effective data leadership and 
practice; visual displays for collaborative inquiry; leading and 
maintaining data systems. The skills learned will be used as a basis for 
enhanced VAR construction in the following courses. 3 graduate credits.

*Winter*: Key Practices in Leading with Data: Continues the topics 
introduced at a deeper level of sophistication.  Students will explore 
the integrated solution required to implement and sustain a framework of 
effective data leadership and practice, focusing on the elements of 
conceptual modeling, strategic implementation (based on the "strategy in 
action" paradigm developed at Harvard) and VAR-based progress 
monitoring. Speadsheet topics will expand to include database and 
workbook design techniques, as well as advanced forms of data 
manipulation and display. 3 graduate credits.

*Spring:* Leading Teams with Data Visualization: Integrates the skills 
and knowledge from the first two classes into a team-based VAR 
development project where students will create a fully interactive VAR 
that is relevant to their day-to-day practice. The VAR will be presented 
at the end of the trimester and will include leadership protocols for 
its use.  All team VARs will be shared with class members. 3 graduate 


  * Steve Bogdanoff (BA - Stanford University; MA - Teachers College,
    Columbia University) is a 40-year K-12 veteran teacher and
    administrator, currently working as a Data Specialist for the
    Massachusetts Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education.
  * Allen Cohen (BBA - Adelphi University; MA - Marlboro College
    Graduate School)  has spent the last 12 years supplying educational
    materials to K-12 schools. Allen is a recent graduate of the EdTech
    program at Marlboro College Graduate School.