Why data matters: Deep digging paves direct path to deeper needs

For school leaders, a deep examination of data can be a revealing and downright daunting experience. In the midst of a global pandemic, you’re safe to underline the latter part of that statement-maybe even twice.

Immersing one’s self in data is exhausting yet worthwhile. Intimidating yet necessary. Participants in ESU 17s Data Dig recently are certain the proof will come in the pay-off, just as it has for years, though the format for 2021s workshop looked slightly different.

A hybrid in-person/virtual model with service unit staff members on site at their five districts to facilitate the conversations and work being coordinated by ESU 17 Staff Development Director Jeff McQuistan from central headquarters in Ainsworth, the Data Dig still produced the same results.



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