• TDIP Transformative Data Inquiry Project (Teacher PD)

    Re(visioning) Data Practices: Centralizing Student Voice as a Source of Strength, Inspiration, and Empowerment

    The Transformative Data Inquiry Project – or TDIP – is a partnership between Portland Public School’s GEARUP and Portland State University that surfaces the oppressive nature of our educational system and uses non-cognitive student data and research-based best practices to create anti-oppressive pedagogical strategies and activities for the classroom. TDIP is an evolving system of:

    • Data collection and graphics that make visible student voice and aspirations;
    • Educator professional development that integrates these factors into the classroom; and
    • Teacher-mentor-family collaboration to enhance and improve students’ educational experience and support student academic aspirations.



    The Transformative Inquiry Summer Fellowship occurs in late June and launches the upcoming academic year by bringing together GEAR UP partner teachers, near-peer mentors, parent leaders and partners and GEAR UP staff in a deep, and often personal, exploration of issues affecting our students, classrooms, schools and communities. The fellowship provides a safe, supportive, inspirational and highly collaborative learning space in which to deeply engage in topics affecting our most vulnerable students, such as social justice and trauma. Training in the Parent-Teacher Home Visit methodology is also provided. During the academic year, GEAR UP TOSAs provide continuing support through workshops and individual consultation in transformative pedagogical practices and curriculum development for teacher partners and mentors.



    The Our Story survey encourages students to find their voice, share their experiences, and develop their unique stories as a source of intellectual, cultural and personal strength. Once students share their voice, adult educators become responsible for listening, mirroring back, and integrating youth insights into school practices, within and outside of the classroom.

    Our Story captures non-cognitive, or upstream, information from students – including individual and collective identity, college and career aspirations, motivation, academic mindset, socio-cultural context, and academic attitudes and behaviors – and directly supports the new PPS Vision, specifically bridging youth voice with teacher practice. 

    • Students can activate their voice and story to influence their individual and collective educational experience;
    • Families share a role in supporting our teachers, leaders, and schools through meaningful engagement to bridge the gap between home and school;
    • Teachers can use their deeper understanding of students to guide curriculum and instructional practices;
    • Administrators can use the broad scan of their collective student body to pose critical questions for school climate, classroom environment, and anti-racist, youth-centered decision making;
    • District leaders can integrate holistic data rooted in youth voice with system planning, performance, and evaluation metrics to operationalize the district racial equity vision.


TDIP Contacts

Yves Labissiere
TDIP Director, Portland State University