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Data Teams That Succeed: Balancing Quick Wins and the Long Game

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North Carolina School Boards Association

7208 Falls of Neuse Road

Raleigh, NC 27615

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School leadership is a balancing act between addressing immediate needs and building the school you want to lead.

In this one-day program, your team will:

  1. Identify the most exciting immediate opportunity to improve service to students in the near term
  2. Craft a plan around your most high value 1-year opportunity to strengthen your whole system
  3. Develop a rollout strategy for successfully implementing your quick win and 1-year plan

The ReContext program is highly individualized. The ReContext process guides you to finding your individual hidden opportunities and the solutions that best match your needs. Each team will build their own plan to match their unique culture and opportunity set.

Teams seeking additional implementation support can sign up for the 1-year Polarys Succeed program.

Program Curriculum


School leaders are awash with data, but often lack the strategies to use it strategically in decision-making. Those with good data systems often need help rallying staff around conclusions.

In this module, teams will learn to take control of how data is used in decision-making, shifting from a data-led mindset to a data-informed mindset

Take Home: Data-Informed Leadership exercise


In this module, teams will learn how to go “beyond the data wall” and event-driven data meetings to create a culture of inquiry in schools.

Teams will learn and practice running a high-impact data team, from identifying key questions through building a research and implementation plan

Take Home: Data Team protocol and Building the Right Team planner


School leaders are under pressure to show immediate progress while also balancing long-term improvements in schools.

In this module, teams will identify and build a plan around an opportunity with the potential for immediate impact in their school or district.

Take Home: 3-Month Opportunity Plan


Once school leaders have shown improvements, they need data-rich long-term plans to move beyond the immediate into future-focused strategy.

In this module, teams will identify and build a 1-year plan around an opportunity with the potential for long-term impact

Take Home: 1-Year Opportunity Plan, Ends-Outcomes-Indicators Protocol

Course Leaders

Melvin Hawkins

Melvin spent over 30 years in North Carolina public schools, most recently serving as Superintendent in Camden County from 2010 to 2017. Melvin was recognized as the 2005 Northeast Region Principal of the Year and the 2017 Northeast Region Superintendent of the Year nominee. He holds a Bachelor of Science, Masters of School Administration, and an Education Specialist degree – all from East Carolina University.

Melvin now serves as a mentor to school leaders across North Carolina.

David Adler

David spent over 20 years as a public school teacher and administrator. As the principal of a chronically-underperforming school, he brought data-driven reforms that resulted in the largest standardized test score gains in state history. As a curriculum director, his data-driven reforms of professional learning systems saved 60% of the PD budget while increasing teacher satisfaction.

David holds a BS from Carnegie Mellon (1995) in mathematics and an MS in mathematics and secondary education from Long Island University – CW Post (1997) with foci on cryptography as a teaching tool and gender equity in mathematics. He is currently working on his Ed.D on using targeted metrics to drive institutional success in school settings.

What Past Participants Say

"This could transform education."

  • Dr. Barry Williams, Superintendent, Gates County

"Often schools make a lot of excuses when it comes to data. The ReContext training helped us stop explaining away the results and start talking about our goals for our schools."

  • Edwina Ashworth, Principal, Eastern Randolph High School, Randolph County

"The ReContext training helped our school focus around one common goal."

  • Shawn Gonyaw, Principal, Barnet Elementary School, Barnet, VT


Is this training only for data teams?

The training is designed for district or school teams who want to use data to find and take advantage of the best opportunities in their system that have the power to greatly improve service to students.

In our experience, teams with more than 2 people get the most out of the experience. Teams spend significant time practicing the ReContext protocols, and the experience is much more powerful when you engage with your real team.

Of course, individuals or groups of 2 are more than welcome to participate. We facilitate learning teams of participating individuals and 2-member teams in order to replicate the team experience everyone will be bringing back home.

What is a "Polarys Succeed" Ticket?

Teams with specific needs, like low-performing status or new administrators who need more support, can register for our year-long mentored program implementation process.

Polarys Succeed participants are matched with mentors with a demonstrated track record of successful school improvement, including those with years of service to North Carolina schools.

You can learn more about Polarys Succeed here.

Who should attend?

Any school leader engaged in meaningful school improvement work. This may include:

  • Superintendents
  • Central office leaders (e.g. Assistant Superintendent of Instruction & Assessment)
  • Principals
  • Team leaders (e.g. department chair)
  • Interventionists

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Email us anytime at info@recontextsolutions.com or by calling 510 730 2450

What is the refund policy?

If you can't attend, your registration can be transfered to another member of your district or school team. Alternatively, you can receive a refund up to 30 days before the training.

The name on the registration doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?

Yes, we'll contact the registrant before the training to get your team list. The registrant does not have to be an attendee.

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