The Alvo Institute

Helping Educators Build Strong Data Cultures Where Student Achievement Thrives

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The Alvo Institute Provides Innovative Data Leadership Development & Online/Hybrid/Blended Learning Program Design Support
We begin all of our engagements with our unique Alvo Data Culture Survey which evaluates the strengths and weaknesses in your organization's Data Use, Management, and Attitudes & Perceptions - what we call The Alvo Data Fundamentals With the data from the Survey, The Alvo Institute creates researched proven sessions designed to help instructional and school site leaders improve student achievement through strong data informed practice.  We help build and deepen:
  • Faculty and staff meetings
  • Create effective Classroom Walk-Through strategies
  • Design and implement evaluation rubric, protocols, and assessment & evaluation tools
  • Build Professional Learning Communities and Data Teams

...all with an eye on creating robust, fun, vibrant and accurate data cultures. 

The Alvo Institute's Blended Learning School Design Support Offerings


Based on our extensive experience in both traditional Face to Face and Online Learning we offer:


Program Design, Needs Assessment & Risk Mitigation Planning Whether you are an existing school that wants to incorporate online learning or a school developer who wants to launch a Blended/Hybrid or Virtual school, Alvo will help you create a comprehensive action plan based on your specific needs and goals.   

Online Seminars and Workshops Do you want to learn the basics before you commit to a program? Join a LIVE online interactive online webinar to learn about Blended Learning and Hybrid Schools 101. Schedule a private session or join a group of other schools.  We will cover funding, design, vendor landscape and share sample timelines. We will also field your questions.

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The Alvo Institute Data Seminars


Each Alvo Institute data seminar focuses on building data capacity in the classroom, across a single campus or across several schools within a district.  The seminars focus on The Alvo Data Fundamentals: Data Management, Data Use and Data Culture.


The Alvo Institute can work with you to develop specialized seminars addressing the unique data needs and challenges around such topics as: charter schools; schools in Program Improvement Status; and schools with English Learner populations.

Principal Seminars

Principals and school leaders are guided through a practical toolkit for enhancing the effe ctiveness of data use at their school or district.
To view an outline (.pdf) of a sample one-day seminar, click here.

Teacher Seminars

Teachers are guided through a practical toolkit for building effective data practice in their classroom and becoming a data leader at their school.
To view an outline (.pdf) of a sample one-day seminar, click  here.
Online Courses & Community

With a simple internet connection, participants can work at their own pace as they continue to deepen their skills in The Alvo Data Fundamentals, develop community links with other data driven leaders and explore other data related topics required to build cycles of continuous improvement.  Participants can choose live online webinars and cutting edge online curriculum. 

Keynote Speaking Engagements

Let us help you motivate and inspire your faculty, staff or conference attendees about the critical role sound data culture, use and management play in improving and maintaining high levels of student achievement.  Our presentations are lively, filled with real case studies and examples and earn the highest ratings on attendee evaluations.  Your staff will be talking about "that data presentation" long after we give the closing statements.  We can also facilitate panel discussions and debates.  Contact us and let's discuss where your group's culture and practice around data is now and where you would like it to be. 

Popular topics include: 

Making Sense of All That Data:  Moving to Effective Action Amid all the Data Noise


Why Should You Care About Data?


Moving Beyond the State Test Data: Measuring the Whole Student with Humanizing Data


Bridging the Data Gap So We Can Finally Bridge the Achievement Gap


When Bad Things Happen to Good Data: Data Integrity Issues are Putting More at Risk than You Think


Facilitating Culture Change During a System Wide Technology Shift 


Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Tool!  Ensureing Your High Stakes Tool/Vendor Selection is NOT a Process of Chance


Trading "Best Practices" for "Relevant Action": How to Move from Data to Instruction


Seminars & Workshops

The Alvo Institutes offers seminars and workshops online and in person.  In addition to some popular topical workshops, we custom design events to meet your specific needs. 

Popular Seminars & Workshops include:

Data Culture Does Matter.  Is Your’s Ready to Support Student Achievement?

Primary Audience               Administrators/School and District Leaders

Additional Audiences        Teachers, Veterans, Board Members, Business Managers, Developers, Non-     Classroom Based, General Ed/Stakeholders, Administrative Assistants/Support Staff

Grade Level                         Elementary, Middle School, High School

Workshop Description 


Learn what great data cultures looks like and why it matters. Does your school’s culture promote meaningful data infused practices?  Are your teachers discouraged by the pressure of high stakes testing results?  Does everyone on your team really know what their stewardship role is in safeguarding data integrity? How is data culture impacting student achievement at your school?   The answers may surprise you.

Facilitators will guide you through an evaluation toolkit and action plan for data culture change at your school.  Participants will discuss real case studies, fill out their own culture evaluation and have an opportunity to compare their results with other participants and our research data set.  Participants will use the results of their data culture evaluation to select relevant steps and activities from our Culture Change Toolkit, and leave with a short and long term action plan which they can implement upon returning to their school or organization.

Developing and Using Data Protocols to Help You Move from Data to Instruction and Action

Primary Audience              Teachers/Administrators

Additional Audiences        Veterans, Board Members, Business Managers, Developers, General Ed/Stakeholders, Administrative Assistants/Support Staff

Grade Level                         Elementary, Middle School, High School

Workshop Description


Many schools want to use data to inform instruction but find the amount and quality of data daunting.  Are you struggling with ways to cut through the data-noise to uncover the critical, actionable data and define clear action steps?  We will show you how to implement different Inquiry Based Data Protocols in order to facilitate meaningful, efficient and actionable discussions about how to analyze and move from multiple data types to concrete action steps.  

Attendees will actively participate by creating a customized Data Protocol to use on their campus. They will create their customized Protocol based on the examples they will learn about at the start of the session. Participants will also create, with the guidance of the facilitators, a clear step-by-step action plan to implement one short and one long term goal.

When Bad Things Happen to Good Data: Building a Campus of Quality Data

Primary Audience              Administrators

Additional Audiences        Teachers, Veterans, Board Members, Business Managers, Developers, Non-Classroom Based, General Ed/Stakeholders, Administrative Assistants/Support Staff

Grade Level                         Elementary, Middle School, High School

Workshop Description


In today’s high stakes testing and accountability environment, there is a lot of data available to educators. However, the quality of that data is often a barrier to robust teacher adoption, principal review, charter renewal and state funding.  This interactive session will focus on how to identify data flow and related quality issues on your campus.  You will walk away with a practical action plan for resolving at least three priority data quality issues identified.  

With the guidance of the presenters, participants will build a data flow diagram of their campuses. The data flow is then used to identify key data issues.  Finally, participants will develop action plans to resolve the top three data quality issues.


Beyond State tests: Measuring the Whole Student with Multiple Measures

Primary Audience               Teachers/Administrators

Grade Level                          Elementary, Middle School, High School

Workshop Description


There is more to a student than the high stakes standardized test measures.  Good schools know that their unique program offerings bolster student achievement; but, how do leaders measure these efforts and include them in their school’s story?  How do you correlate safety or the arts to achievement?  How do you prove with data that your self-esteem program is helping your high school girls excel in science and math?  Learn how to measure the whole student in this session.

Attendees will identify the unique efforts at their schools and learn how to create data driven ways to evaluate and communicate the efficacy of that effort at their school.

Culturally responsive and Data Infused Instructional Methods for English Learners

Primary Audience               Teachers

Grade Level                          Elementary, Middle School, High School

Workshop Description

This workshop will provide a brief overview of language acquisition and development theory and models of sheltered instruction across content areas in elementary, middle and secondary settings.


Participants will learn how to identify the specific needs of ELL students and in turn how to create and implement instructional strategies that target multiple intelligences and learning modalities with methods such as graphic organizers, creating a text rich room, using interactive reading and writing, song and manipulatives. Participants will compare and contrast ELL with non-ELL methods and, then, will create several “props” for use during their instructional ELL lesson.