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September 24, 2018

Phoenix Schools Highlights Work of Data/RTI Director


Nicole Covell has always been data-driven.

Nicole Covell, Phoenix Central School District Director of Data and Response to Intervention, left, leads a summer data training program for district math teachers.

Nicole Covell, Phoenix Central School District Director of Data and Response to Intervention, left, leads a summer data training program for district math teachers.

A passion for strategizing led her to the Director of Data and Response to Intervention position within the Phoenix Central School District.

Since her appointment in early 2016, Covell has immersed herself in data verification for state reporting, including requirements for teacher certifications.

She also has spent much of her time analyzing PCSD data to help district officials identify areas needing improvement so more targeted instruction can take place.

The ultimate goal, she said, is for students to understand information and increase achievement.

Throughout several core departments, Covell has helped staff members develop action plans, which include participation in monthly data meetings and hosting professional development days to learn the best utilization of resources.

Instructional specialists participate in those discussions, she said, so data is consistently reviewed throughout the district.

Data is compiled from state testing, labs, student work and several other structures.

Familiar with the greater PCSD family, Covell worked as district data coordinator through the Central New York Regional Information Center.

She also was a math instructional specialist (K-5) in another school district after she obtained her undergraduate and master’s degrees.

In 2014, Covell obtained her Certificate of Advanced Study in School Building Leadership and School District Leader from LeMoyne College.

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