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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Tuesday, May 21 • 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Fighting the Good Fight: Organizing Market Forces for Data Interoperability, Integration, & Privacy Limited seats remain
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What do you do when your organization’s data is sequestered in a third-party vendor’s system? This question is the heart of our panel of the nation’s leading organizations that are working to improve data interoperability, integration, and privacy from the organizations that are leading the way in this space. From developing data interoperability standards to grassroots organizing of LEAs and SEAs, you’ll learn how Project Unicorn, the Ed-Fi Alliance, and IMS Global Learning Consortium leverage their strength in numbers to move the market to an ecosystem of interoperability. You’ll also get to hear what the world’s largest cloud computing provider (Amazon Web Services) is doing to address interoperability and integration issues and can learn about the implications of FERPA and COPPA on data interoperability, integration, and privacy analysis from the Future of Privacy Forum. Our panel illustrates the existing strength in numbers that these organization’s wield and provides you with an opportunity to learn new strategies for managing vendors, gaining access to your data, and helping your vendors move out of the age of carrier pigeons and papyrus and into a world where data flows effortlessly through APIs. Most importantly, we want you to leave our session equipped with new strategies that you can use to get data flowing back into your organization from the third party tools you use.

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Sean Casey

Strategic Partnerships, Ed-Fi Alliance
Sean serves the Ed-Fi Alliance as Manager of Strategic Partnerships, helping LEAs, ESAs, and collaboratives adopt the Ed-Fi interoperability data standard and leverage the resources of the Ed-Fi Community. Over the years, Sean has worked as a district CIO and administrator, an educator... Read More →

Mark Luetzelschwab

Global Education Solutions Lead, Amazon Web Services
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Erin Mote

Executive Director, InnovateEDU
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Amelia Vance

Director of Education Privacy, Future of Privacy Forum
Amelia is Policy Counsel at the Future of Privacy Forum. She leads FPF’s work to ensure the responsible use of student data and education technology in schools, helping educators with resources and information, and seeking inputs from all stakeholders to ensure students succeed.Prior... Read More →
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Billy Buchanan

Director, Office of Grants, Research, Accountability, & Data (GRAD), Fayette County Public Schools
I am the current Director of the Office of Grants, Research, Accountability, & Data (GRAD) for the second largest school district in Kentucky (Fayette County Public Schools) and a cohort V alum. I've developed several programs for the Stata community primarily centered around data... Read More →

Tuesday May 21, 2019 2:30pm - 3:45pm EDT
Kennedy B, First Floor Charles Hotel (1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA, USA)