Dodge City Middle School

Dodge City Middle school is a very specialized school that understands the physical, intellectual, ethical, psychological and emotional development of the young adolescent and addresses those needs through a carefully planned school structure. (Learn More About Dodge City Middle School)

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There is probably no segment of activity in the education world attracting as much attention at present as that of knowledge management in terms of data driven decision making. In this portion of our presentation we will define the content of the five categories we use in knowledge management of data in the pre-development stages of our action plan. The first four categories relate to the past as they deal with what has been or what is known. The fifth category deals with the future because it incorporates present data trends for designing operational interventions within the system to support current educational needs. In designing operational interventions educators can create a Zone of Proximal Development rather than just grasp the present and past. But achieving operational interventions isn't easy as our teachers must move successively through four succinct activities when using data to create a zone of proximal development when designing operational interventions. The five categories we use in developing operational interventions include:
  1. Data: Raw Observations and Measurements 
  2. Information: Data that is processed to be useful; provides answers to "who", "what", "where" and "when"questions
  3. Knowledge: Application of data and information; answers "how" questions 
  4. Understanding: Appreciation of "why"'
  5. Zone of Proximal Development; Designing Operational Interventions and SMART Goals 
The Zone of Proximal Development, or ZPD, was originally established by the Russian psychologist Lev Vygotsky and refers to the distance between what a child can do with assistance and what a child can accomplish without assistance. The term used within the context of Data Management has a similar connotation except that within the data analysis system it becomes both a precursor to action plan development and is a provision for the continuous construction of operational interventions. Operational interventions play a key role within the data loop since it defines the process needed to scaffold data as it is being monitored against attainable performance levels established within the action plan. (See Knowledge Management and Data Driven Decision Making Flow Chart) © 

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