Applying stock and flow
Student Achievement as Stock and Flow: Reimagining Early Warning Students for At-Risk Students is a report published by New Visions that introduces the conceptual components of the stock and flow tool.
Design and Data In Balance is a report published by New Visions that analyzes one of New York City's high performing school's stock and flow patterns as well as the educators' design-driven decision making that shaped those patterns.
The Pittsburgh Public School District, which serves approximately 27,000 students, adopts stock and flow as an effective visual they share with district leadership and school principals. They track the college readiness of entering ninth graders into high schools against their four performance categories: College Ready, Graduation Ready, At Risk, and Critical.
The Stock and Flow Tool is grounded in a systems thinking framework. The tool begins to visualize the interconnectedness of our schools.
In 2005, New Dorp High School in Staten Island, NY made a series of strategic design-driven decisions. The leadership team organized their large high school into small learning communities (SLCs) and multiple inquiry teams were established throughout the school. The stock and flow maps visualize how student performance was reshaped as the school was reshaped. Read more about New Dorp's transformation here.
Our Stock and Flow Version 2.0 prototype, developed with our long time collaborator, LegibleData, allows us to visualize multiple variables at once that highlight 1) progress on the march to graduation, 2) performance data (exam scores), and 3) consistency variables (attendance, transcript averages). The tool’s functionality allows us to drill down and isolate key patterns, key subgroups of students, and even individual students. Learn more about exploring the flow here.
The Applied Systems Thinker (www.theappliedsystemsthinker.com) is a website devoted to helping educators and practitioners build out their systems thinking skill sets. Responding appropriately to problems demands that we "think" about problems differently (Richmond, 2004; Sterman, 2000; Meadows, 2008). "Systems Thinking" is an approach to problem-solving that challenges the conventional, event-oriented model. Read more here.