The Alerts, Trends, and Interventions: Forums for Special Education Leaders in Maryland series focuses on a variety of emerging trends and topics that affect education leaders at all levels.

The first presentation, Early Alert Systems in Education,explores early warning systems that serve as a model for making data informed decisions around interventions for at risk students. Alert systems are a relatively new diagnostic report that show promise for helping educators use data to identify struggling students and provide alerts when any of those students show increased vulnerability. Learn ways to organize data into usable and easy to understand reports that help you and your team make informed decisions and take action. This presentation features a middle school assistant principal, who with her school leadership team, uses an alert system approach to decision making. Click here to access the presentation. To view a text version of the narration, click the Notes tab to the right of the viewing screen.

The second presentation, TAP-IT: A Data-Informed Decision-Making Approach presents a data-informed decision-making model designed to improve results for students with disabilities. At the same time, it highlights the specific process elements embedded in the model that can enhance a group’s use of longitudinal data to inform their decisions.

An additional feature of this presentation is a video interview with a local assistant supervisor of special education who shares insights about how the TAP IT process helped her school system increase their use of longitudinal and formative data during data-informed decision making meetings. Learn how to create high performing teams and increase efficiency and use of longitudinal data by clicking here to view this presentation.

PLEASE NOTE: The audio on the video portions of the presentation may be difficult to hear. Please adjust your volume during those sections.

The final presentation in this forum series, Data, Data, Everywhere – Ensuring Effective and Efficient Use, delivers three objectives:

  • It highlights the types of data educators can use to inform decisions.
  • It explores four elements to help strengthen educators’ engagement in data-informed decision making.
  • It provides suggestions for supporting educators’ use of data.

In addition, Dr. Amy Nicholas, Assistant Professor and Early Childhood Content Coordinator at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Technology in Education, provides suggestions and insights for leaders. Click here to access Data, Data, Everywhere – Ensuring Effective and Efficient Use.

Additional Resources

Alerts, Trends, and Interventions: Session 1

Download a copy of the presentation here.

A White Paper: Data-Informed Decision Making for Special Education Leaders

Download this white paper by Lynne Mainzer, Ed.D. and Susan Stein, M.Ed. from Johns Hopkins University School of Education Center for Technology in Education written with special  education leaders in mind. Click here to download.


This series of Briefs include printable resources to share with members of your school community.