How Hoonuit Supports Educational Services Teams

Posted by Mandy GroenO

July 25, 2019


As data analytics continue to proliferate across school districts, educational services leaders must prepare to lead their schools through data-oriented cultural changes.

 

As school districts adopt data-driven solutions to improve their students’ outcomes, educational services leaders are either already developing or must work to develop strategies for integrating data into a diverse range of processes at their schools. From improving college-readiness and fine-tuning intervention design to developing modern educational programs and evaluating instructional best practices, these leaders must be able to strategically transform their schools through the power of data-driven decision-making.

When used properly, data can help educational services teams accomplish their goals with increased efficiency. However, overhauling long-standing norms and implementing innovative initiatives is no small task. Integrating data-driven decision-making into a district’s processes too quickly can overwhelm classroom teachers and school staffs — and can be quite expensive, especially at scale.

That’s why Hoonuit strives to partner with your team to efficiently and effectively implement data analytics solutions in your district and schools to support your teachers in data-driven decision-making. Our solutions offer educators a single platform with which to collect, analyze, and utilize their key student data with the utmost reliability.

Fostering Data-Driven Decision-Making

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Student analytics have proliferated incredibly quickly. As a result, many educational stakeholders have struggled to understand — and, therefore, utilize — the insights generated by analyses of sprawling datasets. In order to make sense of student data, educators must have three key elements: easy-to-use tools, training, and a culture that promotes the use of data in decision-making. With all three of these in place, teachers and school leadership can  develop the data literacy necessary to translate raw analytics outputs into targeted action.

 

But establishing a data-driven environment in which educators are able extract insights from student data and communicate key takeaways to their colleagues is an organization-wide effort. As such, educational services leaders and their teams must guide districtwide cultural transformations in order to get stakeholders across their districts on board with data-driven decision-making.

Making the shift to a data-informed educational environment may seem overwhelming, but partnering with Hoonuit makes it easy in several ways:

  1. Our data analytics solutions are built by former educators and developed in partnership with education agencies and school districts, which gives us a nuanced understanding of what it takes to transform a district.
  2. Out data analytics solutions feature built-in tools that enhance how educational services leaders leverage data across their districts.
  3. We help translate data into actionable strategies by providing users with integrated professional development courses that are relevant to the specific datasets at hand.
 
Using Technology to Improve Intervention

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Early intervention is an effective way to keep students from falling behind. To ensure each student graduates high school prepared for their next steps — whether in college or in the workforce — educational services teams must support their teachers and school leadership in identifying which students are in need of extra support. To do this effectively (and as soon as possible), these educators need access to best-in-class technology.

Traditionally, school districts set basic performance benchmarks with which to monitor their students — attendance, grades, standardized assessment scores, disciplinary track records, etc. If a student falls below a predetermined threshold in any category, they are flagged for an intervention. The issue with this practice is that disparate data points don’t produce a holistic view of a student unless they are organized in a coherent, unified way. As a result, an intervention might come at the wrong time, for the wrong reasons, or not focus on the holistic student.

However, with the kinds of cutting-edge technologies on offer from Hoonuit, educational services leaders can make it easier than ever before to identify which students need support and when they need it. For instance, Hoonuit’s predictive analytics improve interventionary decision-making, and real-time access to longitudinal datasets gives educators visibility into how a student’s performance fluctuates over time. This level of insight greatly improves how teachers or support staff approach student intervention, both from a systematic and individual standpoint.

Additionally, Hoonuit’s Early Warning & Intervention solution set provides tools for improving interventions themselves. By tracking and analyzing how different interventions are impacting student performance, educational services teams can take action to provide guidance on best practices for future interventions, including providing templates for intervention action steps.

Using Data to Support College and Career Readiness

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Over the course of the last decade, a growing number of school districts have started using data-driven insights and predictive analytics to prepare students for their next steps. It falls to educational services leaders to invest in and implement the right tools to give their schools the advantages of data insight.

Traditionally, many school districts have struggled to draw meaningful connections between raw graduation numbers and individual cases of success or failure. As a result, educational services leaders often have a tough time delivering the right resources to support every student’s postsecondary success. Data analytics technology is changing that.

By partnering with Hoonuit, educational services leaders gain access to data-driven insights their educators can use to improve students’ outcomes both now and down the line by:

  • Identifying students who are on or off track for graduation in a single view with the ability to drill down into individual student records.
  • Viewing longitudinal insights by connecting district, state, and college data.
  • Gaining early insight through predictive analytics generated by our advanced machine learning algorithms.
  • Accessing on-demand professional learning resources to develop both educator and student skills.
Support the Whole Child, Not Just Academic Performance

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A growing trend in education is to institutionalize processes that take the whole child into account, something most educators have been doing as part of grassroots efforts all along. Educational services leaders and their teams are at the forefront of this effort to better support teachers and staff. In order to reach this more holistic understanding of students, educational services leaders need to combine data from siloed data sources and bring in additional information, such as students’ social and emotional aptitudes. Bringing this data together generates tremendous insight and enables faster, more effective action.

Hoonuit can help you gain a holistic view of students by integrating both social and emotional learning metrics and traditional information like academic and behavioral data points into a centralized data warehouse and visualization tool. We combine this disparate data into intuitive, role-based dashboards that give educators a holistic understanding of which students need support and why.

A Streamlined Solution for Ongoing School Improvement

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School improvement is a complex and sometimes nebulous term. Often, it is used to refer to how district leaders set tangible goals for year-over-year improvement. However, it can also refer to the big picture process of transforming a district into a better-oiled machine. Either way, school improvement must be approached as a continuous task, and Hoonuit helps district leaders leverage technology to make continuous improvement planning an ongoing endeavor with tangible measures of success.

By leveraging data effectively, educational services leaders can transform their schools through data-driven continuous improvement. Working in partnership with school districts and education agencies, we’ve developed a four-step process that is built into our solution: create goals, develop an action plan, track data, and examine the results.

Hoonuit’s Improvement Planning tool enables schools to take a data-driven approach to these steps. For instance, you can provide school leaders with prebuilt, easily configurable workflows or you can build your own templates from scratch. These workflows can be evaluated as they are being rolled out, allowing leaders to obtain real-time insight into how their initiatives are faring.

Finding the Right Data Partner

In order for data analytics to make a real impact, educational stakeholders must be able to access, understand, and leverage cutting-edge data solutions to improve the way they go about both their day-to-day and long-term responsibilities. It takes a powerful set of solutions to ensure an entire school district is up to speed. Hoonuit was built in partnership with our clients to help educational services teams — and stakeholders throughout a district — transform their schools through mature, meaningful data-driven decision-making.

 

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