Mountain School Receives LAPSF Book Group Grant

Mountain Elementary teachers with copies of ‘How Teachers Can Turn Data Into Action’ they received thanks to a LAPS Foundation Professional Book Group grant. Courtesy photo


Principal Jennifer Guy and the staff of Mountain Elementary School applied for and were awarded a Professional Book Group grant for the entire teaching staff from the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation.

The staff will read and reflect on “How Teachers Can Turn Data Into Action” by Daniel Venebles. From Standards Based Assessments and Common Core tests to formative and summative assessments in the classroom, teachers are awash in data. Reviewing the data can be time-consuming, and the work of translating data into real change can seem overwhelming. 

Guy noted that the book has easy-to-use templates and protocols to focus and deepen data conversations. It clearly delineates exactly what should be accomplished in each team meeting to translate data into practice.

“Today’s teachers are faced with more information, less time, and a great responsibility to provide individualized instruction and respond effectively to intervention strategies in place,” Guy said. “I found this book to be one of the best, informative, practical books that I have ever read.  I firmly believe that using this book as a tool and framework for weekly collaboration and professional development will enhance the staff’s ability to better meet student needs. This book will help teachers more effectively integrate both common core standards and our school EPSS goals. “

Professional Book Group Grants are available through the LAPS Foundation to all district educators on an annual basis. Donations are accepted via the Foundation’s website:  or by mailing a check to 1900 Diamond Dr., Suite 1, Los Alamos, NM 87544. 

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