I Love Data

Thanks for visiting the I LOVE DATA webpage, a project of REL Appalachia. REL Appalachia is one of 10 regional educational laboratories (RELs) funded through the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES). RELs can support student learning by helping teachers, administrators, schools, and districts increase their capacity to analyze and use education data. Now that you are here, please take a second to:

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Share Your Story!

Logo: My Data Story, #MyDataStoryWe want to know how you are “putting data to work” in your schools or classrooms. Share your story on Twitter (@REL_Appalachia, #MyDataStory) or email us at .

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Video Series on Innovation Configuration Maps

REL Appalachia produced a two-part video series that provides insight on how REL Appalachia is supporting Metropolitan Nashville Public School educators in using Innovation Configuration Maps (IC Maps) to help teachers use data collaboratively to improve teaching and learning. The first video, “What is an Innovation Configuration Map?” describes IC Maps, and the second, “Example of an Innovation Configuration Map,” provides an example of how they are used.


Listen to what educators are saying

Find out what Virginia teachers had to say about a day-long professional learning opportunity presented by REL Appalachia. Key topics included effective instructional strategies for addressing locally-identified student learning challenges in math and reading; concepts and skills students need in order to comprehend academic vocabulary and informational text; and foundational skills students need for middle school mathematics.

In this video, educators from across West Virginia share their experiences at the West Virginia Growth Model professional learning event presented by REL Appalachia. The event focused on strategies for using WV Growth Model and summative assessment data, as well as ways to use data from other states to inform future planning. Participants also came away with information about state-level resources and support for using growth and assessment data.