Data-Driven Decision Making and Board Reporting

About the Instructor

Jeff Lind

Dr. Jeff Lind is the Assistant Superintendent for the Mandan School District and has served in this role since 2012. Dr. Lind has over 30 year of experience as an educator in North Dakota, serving as Superintendent of Schools in Rugby and in Milton-Osnabrock. He also served as secondary principal in Rock Lake, and started his educational career as a science teacher and coach in St. John. He has been a member of the North Dakota State Board of Public Education and North Dakota State Board of Career and Technical Education since 2003 and is an adjunct faculty for NDSU’s Teacher Leadership Academy.

Important Course Dates

Class Time and Location: February 10, 2018, 8:30 – 11:30 am, Sheyenne Room (lower level), Ramkota Hotel, Bismarck

Due Dates for Assignments & Final Exam: Read required articles before class meets on February 10. Reflection paper and final project must be submitted to the instructor by March 15.

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Data-Driven Decision Making and Board Reporting Syllabus 

Required Resources

  • Participants should bring to class a laptop computer capable of wireless internet connectivity.
  • Resources for use during class and for referral to complete class assignments will be available in the course toolbox .


Reading Assignments

  1. Read the articles listed below before class meets on February 10, 2018. The articles are located in the course toolbox.  Write a two page reflection, discussing your perceptions and takeaways after reading the four articles.  Reflect on how you could apply the information in the articles to the work you are doing in your school district.  Reflections must be submitted to the instructor via email at by March 15, 2018.


Data-Driven Decision Making and Board Reporting

Course Assignments

  1. Complete the project scenario listed below.
  • In preparation for negotiations, your school board has requested salary and benefit information from your district and 9 additional, comparably sized and/or geographically relevant North Dakota school districts.
    • Identify the data sources that you would use to secure the following:
      • K-12 enrollment
      • # of teacher FTE’s
      • Average year’s of teacher experience
      • Average salary
      • Average benefits
      • Average total compensation
      • # of contract days
      • total comp/day
      • total district expenditures for teacher salary & benefits
      • teacher salary & benefits per student
      • total general fund expenditures
      • % of general fund budget dedicated to teacher comp
    • Prepare a report for the Board that provides a breakdown of the requested data for each district, including your district.
    • Recommended tools that may be helpful in preparing the report may include MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc…) or other digital tools and/or format of your choosing.
    • Formatting and style should be appropriate for public presentation.
    • Project must be an original work of your own creation.
    • Project must be submitted to the instructor via email at by March 15, 2018.


  • A participant may propose a project of interest or need that relates to data collection, reporting, and decision making for their district. This request, including details of the project, must be submitted in writing to the instructor at  by February 16, 2018. It should be comparable in size and scope to the course project described in the syllabus. Project must be an original work of your own creation.


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