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Understanding the Promise and Dynamics of Data-Informed Leadership


by Michael S. Knapp, Michael A. Copland & Juli Ann Swinnerton — 2007

Educational leaders have always had “data” of some kind available to them when making decisions. Gathering whatever information they could readily access, and drawing on accumulated experience, intuition, and political acumen, leaders have pursued what they viewed as the wisest courses of action. However, in many cases, the data drawn into the decision-making process was unsystematically gathered, incomplete, or insufficiently nuanced to carry the weight of important decisions.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 106. No. 1.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 109 Number 13, 2007, p. 74-104
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 18483, Date Accessed: 10/21/2017 8:57:15 PM

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  • Michael Knapp
    University of Washington
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    MICHAEL S. KNAPP is a Professor in the Area of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Washington and Director of the Center for the Study of Teaching and Policy.
  • Michael Copland
    University of Washington
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    MICHAEL A. COPLAND is an Associate Professor in the Area of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Washington.
  • Juli Swinnerton
    University of Washington
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    JULI ANN SWINNERTON is a postdoctoral fellow with the Center for the Study of Teaching and Policy at the University of Washington.
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