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We’ve been talking to practitioners around the country and we’ve gotten some good ideas from them.”--ROBERT GREEN, SUPERINTENDENT, COLLINSVILLE, ILL., COMMUNITY UNIT SCHOOL DISTRICT 10 

The Closing the Gap Digital Toolbox contains a collection of resources developed in collaboration with K-12 educators to improve classroom instruction and student achievement. Included are district videos, on-demand webinars, conference presentations, work samples and other practical tools developed and used by district and school leaders.

 Deirdre Pilch

Courageous Leadership Conversations with Deirdre Pilch, Boulder Valley School District, CO 

Pilch shares insights on Boulder Valley’s success with using classroom formative assessment practices to improve instruction and student achievement.

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Robyn duran

Courageous Leadership Conversations with Robyn Duran, Cherry Creek School District, CO 

Duran sheds light on Cherry Creek’s comprehensive approach for using data and how it improves classroom instruction and student achievement.  

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Bob Green

Courageous Leadership Conversations with Bob Green, Collinsville Community School District, IL

Green provides insights on Collinsville’s success with using professional learning communities to improve classroom instruction and student achievement. 

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 Lincoln County  
Engaging Students in Improving Their Performance with Dr. Wanda Shelton and Dr. Terry Fanning, Lincoln County Department of Education, TN
District leaders discuss the move to student ownership of their data and learning outcomes to engage students in their learning.

Response to Instruction / Intervision (RTI) - Appleton Area School District, WI 

Dr. Kevin Steinhilber shares the district's approach to using RtI as a framework supporting the alignment of instructional practices and data with the monitoring of student progress.


  Use of Professional Learning Communities to Improve Student Engaged Learning - Lincoln County Dept of Education, TN  

Dr. Wanda Shelton shares the district's effective use of Professional Learning Communities moving from a focus on 'teaching' to a focus on 'learning'.
Developing a Learning Management System - Morely Standwood High School, MI

Mr. James Nelson and colleagues provide insights to the developing of a learning management system that provides 24/7 access to curriculum resources to all stakeholders


  Understanding By Design - Nicolet High School District, WI

 Approach to using the process of Understanding by Design (UbD) and plans to use UbD with students so they become active participants in their education



Using Data to Improve Instructional Practices and Student Achievement – District Share Their Stories

Presenters: Fairfax County Public Schools, VA; Ft. Bend Integrated School District, TX; Sanger Unified School District, CA, CoSN and AASA

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The Key to Establishing a Successful Data-Driven Culture that Increases Student Achievement

Presenters: Enlarged City School District of Middletown, NY; Data-Driven Innovations Consulting and AASA

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Putting the Closing the Gap Professional Development Toolkit into Action – Districts Share Their Stories

Presenters: Randolph Township School District, NJ; Township High School District 214, IL; Lafourche Parish School District, LA; Data-Driven Innovations Consulting and AASA

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Boulder Valley 

Classroom Formative Assessment Practice - Boulder Valley School District, CO

Strong examples of self and peer assessment were sought out with assistance from principals, and videotaped. Learn more about the district’s work.

   District Fact Sheet



PLCs and Data Literacy Survey - Collinsville Community School District, IL

Collinsville launches professional learning communities and data literacy survey. Results drive plans for staff development and school improvement process. Learn more about the district’s work.

   District Fact Sheet    Staff Data Literacy Survey


Hernando County

District Instructional Support Teams - Hernando County School District, FL

Hernando employs a test item bank to support the work of district instructional teams, including a walk-through process for classroom observation. Learn more about the district’s work.

   District Fact Sheet

   Meeting Agenda for District Teams

   District Visit Schedule

   Classroom Observation Data Form

   Best Practices List

   Exit Report Template



Data Teams, Inquiry Teams, and Assessment Tools - Wellsville Central School District, NY

Wellsville develops data teams and collegial inquiry teams, as well as pre- and post-assessment tools to implement its improvement plan. Learn more about the district’s work.

   District Fact Sheet



NCE 2014 Resources: From Accountability to Informing Instruction: The Real Power of Data

Presenters:  Dan Domenech (AASA), Aimee Guidera (DQC), Mark Edwards (Mooresville Graded Public School District), and Keith Krueger (CoSN)


 NASSP 2013

NASSP 2014: Using Data to Improve Classroom Instruction and Student Achievement - School Leaders Share Their Stories

Presenters: Richardson ISD, Richardson, TX and AASA

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 NCE 2013: Closing the Student Achievement Gap and Fostering Student Success through Data 

Presenters: Boulder Valley School District, Cherry Creek School District, and Collinsville Community School District and AASA.

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NSBA 2013: Closing the Gap: Turning SIS/LMS Data into Action – Lessons Learned 

Presenters: Chula Vista Elementary School District, AASA, CoSN, & Gartner Inc.

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 AASA Women's Leadership Forum

AASA WELV 2013: Closing the Achievement Gap and Improving Student Success Through Data

Presenters: Loudoun County Public Schools, VA and AASA 

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 If you have questions about the Closing the Gap program resources, contact Vera Turner, AASA Project Manager; email:; phone: 703-875-0710703-875-0710.