Dr. Delonna Darsow has served the K-12 sector for more than thirty years and is currently a Solutions Manager with Sourcewell. She is an experienced district administrator, principal, and teacher in metropolitan, non-public, and rural settings.
Delonna is skilled in leadership, data analysis, program evaluation, organizational change, measurement, and strategic planning. She has presented at national and regional conferences in Florida, Georgia, Minnesota, Texas, Vermont, and Wisconsin. Her passions lie in practical data-based decision making for educators, organizational strategic outcomes and measurement alignment, qualitative data collection and analysis, and finding ways to help organizations maximize what they already collect and use in their daily work.
Delonna holds a Bachelor’s Degree in K-12 Education and a Master’s Degree in Teacher Leadership from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, K-12 principal license from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, School Technology Leadership Professional Certificate from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, and a Ph.D. in Education Policy and Administration with an emphasis on Program Evaluation from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.
Do you ever feel like you are drowning in a sea of data? Are you looking for a life saver? This session will highlight common pitfalls and misconceptions about which data are valuable and what makes data analysis harder than it should be. While academic data is key, in this session we will discuss other kinds of data educators should be using to implement effective instructional strategies and interventions. We will also cover how different data sources and systems work together to help build a better picture of the whole student. Attendees will leave this session with some next steps, free resources to support data-driven decision making, and ideas for improvements you can make as a team.
With so many online survey tools available and the overwhelming flood of digital communications we encounter each day, it is no surprise that the quality and response rates for surveys have diminished.
This session will introduce a few key strategies to increase survey instrument quality and response rates in an approachable, common sense manner without the need for an understanding of advanced statistics. Topics covered will include improving question quality and presentation order, recommendations for response type options, calculating sample size and response rate strategies, and best practices for maximizing quality data. Attendees will put new learning to use by practicing with ineffective survey questions. Everyone will leave with a list of strategies that can be used immediately, including new ways of presenting questions and drawing out quality responses that provide usable data.