WORKSHOP: Order from Chaos – The Strategic Use of Data in Independent Schools

Dr. Darren Pascavage

Most independent schools are data rich but information poor. In other words, they have plenty of data, but do not know what to do with it! These workshops, presented by Dr. Darren Pascavage, Headmaster at Valwood School, will highlight ways that independent schools can transform existing data (standardized test scores, Annual Fund rosters, longitudinal enrollment, tuition, attrition, and financial assistance numbers, and so forth) into useful information, and gather new data to yield operational, tactical, and strategic insights into such areas as student achievement, advancement and development, admissions, tuition, and financial assistance.

In addition to learning how to work with data, participants will also discuss principles of data visualization and information design so that findings can be effectively shared with faculty, parents, trustees, and other stakeholders.

Participants will take from this session many new ideas on how a data-driven approach to school governance, administration, and operations can make the difference in a competitive independent school marketplace, and will leave with new tools for successful data analysis and visualization.
Dr. Pascavage has an outstanding record as an educator and as an independent school leader. Prior to accepting the position at Valwood, Dr. Pascavage served as Headmaster of Eastminster School in Conyers, Georgia.

He also served as the Executive Director at Escuela Internacional Sampedrana in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. Prior to this, he served as Headmaster of Holy Spirit Preparatory School in Atlanta, Georgia and School Director at Victory Charter School in East Point, Georgia. He has had extensive classroom teaching experience, primarily in mathematics and science. A former four-sport athlete in high school, he has coached soccer and basketball over the course of his career.

Dr. Pascavage received a Ph.D. in Social Foundations of Education from Georgia State University, a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from the University of Georgia, and a B.S. in Physics from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is currently a part-time graduate instructor at Georgia State University’s College of Education, and is a Trustee of the Southern Association of Independent Schools.

Dr. Pascavage’s prior experience as a head of school and his vast knowledge and experience in education, partnered with his passion for teaching young people, make him the right choice to lead Valwood.