Creating a thriving audience and readership, as well as developing targeted and informative content, requires making user-friendly changes to DJEC’s production process and overall organizational structure. Alongside these structural adjustments, it is also necessary to incorporate sequential changes that enhance research and data emphasis, building upon the Journal’s existing frameworks for producing digital and print content. The following user-friendly adjustments are outlined below.

Data and Research Enhancements

To ensure a seamless Issue Production schedule, DJEC aims to integrate the following steps into the cultivation of data and research services for the community:

  1. Identify reliable sources of data

  2. Source and review existing data

  3. Formulate research questions

a. Based on existing data

b. Informed by insights from local community members

  1. Design qualitative and mixed methods studies

  2. Involve the community in reviewing data and its implications

  3. Generate research reports based on community contributions

Qualifying Data

As an information source, sharing the careful and thoughtful examination of school and district data, while co- constructing new forms and emphases of information about schools and districts in the metro Denver area, the Denver Journal of Education and Community will examine extant data from local, state and national sources, including:

NCES – National Center for Education Statistics (https://nces.ed.gov/)
CDE – Colorado Department of Education (
http://cde.state.co.us/)
GLSEN – National School Climate Survey (
https://www.glsen.org/2021-national-school-climate-survey) NAEP – National Assessment of Education Progress (https://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/)
Shift Research Lab (
shiftresearchlab.org)

To be sure, these sources are reliable (as compared to open-access school rankings sites, such as those discussed above) because they are informed by Information generated from large data-sets often fails to carefully explore questions of how and why in school outcomes, representing instead questions of what and whom. Each of these questions is vital to providing rich and robust data that are a resource throughout the metro Denver area community of families, students, educators, researchers, policymakers, and other stakeholders. In addition to gathering and examining data from local, state, and national sources, DJEC also will generate new data informed by questions facing families, students, educators and other stakeholders throughout the metro Denver area. The generation of new data will be both incorporated into, and developed from the Journal’s current community-sourcing infrastructure, informing quarterly issues of the Journal, and embedding visual presentations of data in each issue.

Presenting Data

  • Utilizing the current DJEC website (educationandcommunity.com) DJEC will broaden the website’s infrastructure to include an interactive data platform, available to the public, and enabling cross-sector investigation of key questions in public education in the area. We’ll begin with District Profiles that help people access translations of district data. Over time, the District Profiles will grow to include School Profiles, which offer qualitative and quantitative information to help readers/users understand what it’s like to be in school. DJEC will generate the following data products in this capacity as data and research hub:
  • Data embedded in applicable Denver metro regional map layouts
  • Links embedding original data sources
  • Links embedding supplemental/contextual data
  • Pop-out visual forms of reported data
  • Embedded supplemental audio recordings
  • Interviews with students, educators, families associated with the school
  • Static images of the school setting
  • Vignettes and brief narratives
  • Public presentations of data reports

Community and Education Outcomes

Increasing readership and connecting recommendations to multiple data sources (including local community experience) gives the Journal and the Data and Research Hub multiple value points relevant to families, educators, and education policymakers. We anticipate that the Data and Research Hub will increase journal readership locally and grow to national readership, given the unique approach of DJEC to the relationship

of education and community. Relying on the Journal’s growing social media presence and distribution list, practicing educators and policymakers will have direct access to the data that informs policy recommendations and instructional change informed by the broader community and shared through the Data and Research Hub site. Additionally, family members and students will have direct access to District and School Profiles to help inform their agency, and support increased community engagement with issues of education in the region.

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