This year’s conference theme, "Strength in Numbers," is a celebration of a decade of data-informed progress from across our network and an opportunity to discuss our future direction. Join us for our 10th-anniversary celebration. We will look back at the evidence-informed progress we’ve made as a sector but also look forward to the pressing issues of the day. This year the event will take place at the Charles Hotel in Cambridge, MA from May 20–22, 2019. 

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Monday, May 20 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
New Paradigms of Accountability
The No Child Left Behind era launched a new wave of efforts and organizations that were grounded in student achievement data, including the Harvard Strategic Data Project (SDP). Race To The Top marked the rapid acceleration of policies and practices that required data-based decision-making. Along the way, SDP has been inspired to help partners do more than just compliance reporting, resulting in breakthrough data projects across the country. Today, Harvard SDP and its network of thousands are wrestling with how they can best support the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Now that every state is in full implementation of its unique plan, what are the new contours of school accountability, student and teacher performance, and school intervention and what are the new strategic data projects being catalyzed by new systems?

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Angelica Infante-Green

Commissioner, Rhode Island Department of Education
Angélica Infante-Green is the incoming Rhode Island commissioner of elementary and secondary education. She will be the first person of color to lead the state’s Department of Education. Prior, Infante-Green has served as deputy commissioner of the Office of Instructional Support... Read More →
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Ryan Wise

Director, Iowa Department of Education
Dr. Ryan Wise was appointed Director of the Iowa Department of Education by Governor Terry Branstad in July 2015 and was reappointed by Governor Kim Reynolds in January 2019. In September 2017 he was named Policy Leader of the Year by the National Association of State Boards of Educations... Read More →
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Julia Rafal-Baer

COO, Chiefs for Change
As Chief Operating Officer, Julia Rafal-Baer, Ph.D., develops our organizational capacity for sustained growth, strengthens our decision-making processes and goal-setting, and drives the strategic direction of Chiefs for Change. Prior to joining our team, Julia was Assistant Commissioner... Read More →
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Christopher Ruszkowski

CEPR Advisory Board Member, Harvard University

Monday May 20, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm EDT
Askwith Hall, Longfellow Hall (1st Floor) Harvard Graduate School of Education, 13 Appian Way, Cambridge, MA, USA