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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
 

8:00am

PIER Summit
The PIER Summit will be from 8:00 am until 5:30 pm, and will have its own agenda. These events are for attendees of the PIER Summit only.

Monday May 20, 2019 8:00am - 5:30pm
Monroe C Gutman Library, Ground Floor Conference Center Harvard Graduate School of Education, 6 Appian Way, Cambridge, MA, USA

12:00pm

SDP Convening Registration
Grab your badge and some swag. Mix and mingle. Say hello to your SDP hosts. Then, prepare for the Fellowship Capstone roundtables by previewing the fellows’ posters in advance.

Monday May 20, 2019 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Monroe C Gutman Library, 1st Floor Gallery Harvard Graduate School of Education, 6 Appian Way, Cambridge, MA, USA

3:00pm

SDP Welcome: Strength in Numbers
This year SDP is celebrating a decade of data-informed progess. Join SDP in reflecting upon the evidence-informed change we've made as a sector, but also in looking forward to the pressing issues of the day.

Monday May 20, 2019 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Askwith Hall, Longfellow Hall (1st Floor) Harvard Graduate School of Education, 13 Appian Way, Cambridge, MA, USA

3:30pm

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?

Speakers
avatar for Angelica Infante-Green

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
Askwith Hall, Longfellow Hall (1st Floor) Harvard Graduate School of Education, 13 Appian Way, Cambridge, MA, USA

4:45pm

Cohort 10 Affinity Session: How will you make a measurable difference?
Cohort 10 Fellows and their supervisors will meet to prepare for the next phase of the capstone process.

Speakers
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Rebecca Marshall

Education Programs Manager, Center for Education Policy Research
Rebecca is the fellowship manager for the Strategic Data Project at the Center for Education Policy Research. In her role, Rebecca coordinates the in-person and virtual learning experiences of the SDP Fellows, and manages their progress through their capstone projects. She also helps... Read More →



Monday May 20, 2019 4:45pm - 5:45pm
Eliot Lyman Room, Longfellow Hall (2nd Floor) Harvard Graduate School of Education, 13 Appian Way, Cambridge, MA, USA

4:45pm

Cohort 9 Affinity Session: Sustaining Change
Join Miriam Greenberg in a final fellowship check-in. Debrief the impact you’ve made so far through the SDP Fellowship and brainstorm with your colleagues how to sustain and further the progress you’ve made.
This session is for Cohort 9 Fellows and their supervisors. SDP recommends that supervisors supporting fellows in both cohorts should attend this session.

Speakers
avatar for Miriam Greenberg

Miriam Greenberg

Director, Strategic Data Project, Center for Education Policy Reseach
Miriam is the Director of Education and Communications overseeing CEPR’s professional development and training programs and working to help education organizations build and sustain data-driven leadership and research capacity. She provides direction and support for the Strategic... Read More →


Monday May 20, 2019 4:45pm - 5:45pm
Harvard Faculty Club, Room 205 20 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA 02138

6:15pm

Night at the Museum: The Art of Data
To celebrate the art and science of evidence-informed progress, join us for a special reception at the renowned Harvard Art Museums.


Monday May 20, 2019 6:15pm - 9:00pm
Harvard Art Museums 32 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA, USA
 
Tuesday, May 21
 

7:30am

Role-based Breakfast
Come and network with your fellow convening attendees in similar roles over muffins and coffee.

Speakers
avatar for Miriam Greenberg

Miriam Greenberg

Director, Strategic Data Project, Center for Education Policy Reseach
Miriam is the Director of Education and Communications overseeing CEPR’s professional development and training programs and working to help education organizations build and sustain data-driven leadership and research capacity. She provides direction and support for the Strategic... Read More →
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Jon Fullerton

Executive Director, CEPR
Jon Fullerton is the executive director of the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University. Fullerton has extensive experience working with policymakers and executives in designing and implementing organizational change and improvements. Before coming to Harvard, Fullerton... Read More →
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Alison Guerriero

Assistant Director, SDP Outreach and Partnerships, Harvard CEPR
The Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University (CEPR) houses the Strategic Data Project (SDP), founded in 2008 to find, place, and develop talented data leaders for education agencies to uncover trends, measure solutions, and effectively communicate evidence to education... Read More →


Tuesday May 21, 2019 7:30am - 8:30am
Charles Ballroom, Third Floor Charles Hotel (1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA, USA)

8:00am

PIER Summit
The PIER Summit will be from 8:00 am until 10:00 am, and will have its own agenda. These events are for attendees of the PIER Summit only.

Tuesday May 21, 2019 8:00am - 10:00am
Regattabar, Third Floor Charles Hotel (1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA, USA)

8:30am

Ed-Talks
SDP Alumni will share stories about transforming policy and practice using data, including the perils and pitfalls in attempting to make lasting change.



Tuesday May 21, 2019 8:30am - 9:15am
Charles Ballroom, Third Floor Charles Hotel (1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA, USA)

9:30am

An Obstacle for Every Season: Lessons Learned from Changing Postsecondary Advising in 20 Districts
Limited Capacity seats available

The To & Through Advising Challenge engages 20 school districts, charter organizations, and community-based organizations across the country to change the way they do business around postsecondary advising. Grantees develop a plan that addresses postsecondary fit and match, increasing FAFSA completion, and reducing the effects of summer melt and then begin to implement that plan the following year. Second, the National College Access Network seeks qualitative insights about obstacles in the way of accomplishing this work.
This session will examine the challenges and roadblocks and how data coaches attempted to mitigate them. Presenters come from three project constituencies: two members of the leadership team, a postsecondary data coach (and SDP Fellow), and two grantee representatives (one from a school district, one from a community-based organization supporting a district). The panel will share lessons and resources but also seek feedback from the audience.

Speakers
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Bill DeBaun

Director of Data and Evaluation, National College Access Network
Bill DeBaun is NCAN’s Director of Data and Evaluation. He researches and writes about college access and success programming that demonstrates significant results for students’ college enrollment and graduation rates while additionally providing technical assistance to other initiatives... Read More →
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MorraLee Keller

Director of Technical Assistance, National College Access Network
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Amy Fineburg

Advanced Programs Specialist, Jefferson County Board of Education
I supervise AP, dual enrollment, virtual learning, and research programs for Alabama's second-largest school district, which serves over 36,000 students in 56 schools.
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Roxana Del Campo

Doctoral Candidate, University of Washington- Seattle
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Kevin Salkas

Interim Director, Career and College Centers, AchieveMpls



Tuesday May 21, 2019 9:30am - 10:45am
Stratton, Third Floor Charles Hotel (1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA, USA)

9:30am

Different Shades of Attendance—Examining Attendance Data beyond ADA and Chronic Absence
Limited Capacity seats available

Attendance is one of the most common data points captured in a local education agency (LEA)’s student information system. Besides the compliance-driven reporting of ADA and chronic absenteeism rates, what are the different shades/facets of attendance data that can provide more insightful data stories? This session intends to draw from three case studies at two LEAs to provide a fresh perspective on the effective use of attendance data in policy-related discussions. How can a comparison of costs-per-attended-hour help an LEA determine the academic return on investment for summer programs? How can class-period attendance data help reveal an attendance pattern for student preference for Physical Education over other courses? How is attendance related to student athletes’ school engagement and overall academic achievement? Our findings will highlight the opportunities and challenges of using administrative attendance data to address questions such as how student engagement can be improved by capitalizing on the attraction of physical activity, and how stakeholders can have a data-driven discussion over resource allocations for summer learning, physical activities and beyond when budget constraints and accountability pressures loom.

Speakers
avatar for Tim Schmandt

Tim Schmandt

Director of Procurement, Rochester City School District
Tim is a Master Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma and has taught Cost Management Strategies in over 10 countries. His work has focused on data analysis, experimental design, benchmarking, and finance. He has recently presented Economic Evaluation and Academic Return on Investment strategies... Read More →
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Hannah Page

Director of Data, Research, and Analytics, Drew Charter School
Hannah is the Director of Data for Drew Charter School, an innovative cradle to career K-12 school in metro Atlanta. In this role, she manages all data and presents regularly to stakeholders. Hannah is particularly interested in how data can support successful equity practices. Previously... Read More →
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Jing Che

Senior Research Analyst, Rochester City School District
Jing Che is a Senior Research Analyst for the Rochester City School District. Prior to her current position, she was an Educational Data Strategist for the Rochester City School District. She is also a Strategic Data Project Cohort 5 Data Fellow. Prior to joining to the school district... Read More →
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Richard DiSalvo

Graduate Student, University of Rochester
Richard DiSalvo is a PhD candidate at the University of Rochester Department of Economics. He is currently a Research Support Analyst for the Rochester City School District. Richard studies education, health, and environmental policy using administrative and survey data. He is currently... Read More →
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Ray Giamartino

Chief Accountability Officer, Rochester City School District
Dr. Ray Giamartino, Jr. is the Chief Accountability and Integrity Officer and IRB Chair in the Rochester City School District. In his role, he currently leads state and federal reporting; long-range trend student projection planning; attendance, suspension, assessment and graduation... Read More →



Tuesday May 21, 2019 9:30am - 10:45am
Longfellow B, First Floor Charles Hotel (1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA, USA)

9:30am

Leveraging Data to Improve the Equity of Student Assignment to Effective Teachers
Limited Capacity filling up

Over the past several years, the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) has emphasized the importance of the equity of student placement with effective teachers. This work started as an internal analysis of effective teaching gaps that evolved into static reports that were provided to districts. After a positive reception and high level of engagement with these reports, the Tennessee Department of Education partnered with SAS to develop an online reporting tool that provided a more interactive and customizable look at this data. These reports include the ability to view effective teaching gaps based on a variety of student-level characteristics at the school and district levels along with teacher and student lists to aid more equitable student placement. The presenters will highlight lessons learned during this process, interesting findings about the equity of student assignment, advice for engaging with educators in the field about this data, and potential future directions for this work.

Speakers
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Laura Booker

Executive Director of Research, Tennessee Department of Education
Laura Booker is the Executive Director of Research in the Tennessee Department of Education. Prior to her current position, she has worked as the Deputy Director of Research and Policy and as a Research Analyst in the Tennessee Department of Education. She received her PhD in Education... Read More →
avatar for Mary Batiwalla

Mary Batiwalla

Assistant Commissioner, TN Department of Education
Mary Batiwalla is the Assistant Commissioner of Assessment and Accountability at the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE). In her current role she oversees assessment development and logistics, accountability, reporting, and data governance. She works to continuously improve and... Read More →
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Sylvia Flowers

Executive Director, Educator Effectiveness and Talent, Tennessee Department of Education
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Elliotte Kinzer

Regional Data Analyst and TVAAS Training Lead, Tennessee Department of Education
Elliotte Kinzer serves as the South Central CORE Data Analyst for the Tennessee Department of Education. The Tennessee Department of Education has eight regional offices called Centers of Regional Excellence (CORE). These offices are charged with providing differentiated, academic... Read More →



Tuesday May 21, 2019 9:30am - 10:45am
Agassiz, Third Floor Charles Hotel (1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA, USA)

9:30am

Nudging Parents to Choose Better Schools: How Information Design Drives Action
Limited Capacity seats available

Researchers and policymakers examining school choice often assume that parents have well-ordered and stable preferences when it comes to their most important decisions, including where to send their children for school. A common assumption is that parents will be able to make the “correct” choice as long as they have access to complete information through school finders or “school shopping websites” (e.g., Levin 2002). But preferences may be more malleable than many assume, and parents might be influenced by the intentional or unintentional decisions that designers make about how to present information—how much detail to include, what attributes to describe, how to format the data shown for each attribute, and how to sort the options.
In this session, participants will engage with the findings of a study examining how various information displays changed parents’ decisions about which school they’d prefer for their children, and in some cases also affected the extent to which parents could easily understand information about schools and have a satisfying experience using each school shopping website. After hearing about how design choices can meaningfully increase the weight parents place on academic quality when selecting a school (compared to other attributes, such as a school’s distance from home), attendees will examine their own school guides and unpack how relatively simple and inexpensive design choices can produce meaningful changes in how parents interpret, process and use information about schools.
To prepare for this session, please submit an example of a local school guide here. This could be from a public agency, or a private resource like U.S. News & World Report.

Speakers
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Ira Nichols-Barrer

Senior Researcher, Mathematica Policy Research
I study the effectiveness of school choice policies and programs (charter schools, magnet schools, and how parents make decisions about schools). I'll be presenting the results of a new study examining how school information guides can help nudge parents to make better school cho... Read More →



Tuesday May 21, 2019 9:30am - 10:45am
Longfellow A, First Floor Charles Hotel (1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA, USA)

9:30am

Show Me the Growth Data: Improving Transparency and Communication about Accountability Measures
Limited Capacity filling up

Measures of student growth offer a richer understanding of student performance than a one-time test score alone, but measures of student growth are not created equal. In response to public demand for more information about school quality and student success, most states are holding schools accountable for “student growth” and including this information on school report cards. But states are measuring growth in different ways, which tell different stories about schools, and they are made up of a series of calculations that aren’t always intuitive to the average consumer of data. To make sense of what this data reveals about school quality, and use it to inform decisions that improve student outcomes, everyone—from parents to policymakers—needs to be able to understand their school’s growth data.

During this interactive workshop, participants will learn about the national landscape for how growth data is being measured and reported for state accountability by hearing select findings from the Data Quality Campaign’s brief "Growth Data: It Matters, and It’s Complicated," and its third annual analysis of school report cards, "Show Me the Data." Participants will then brainstorm communications strategies and practice explaining growth measures to various audiences, including policymakers, teachers, and parents. The session will conclude with a group discussion. Participants will reflect and share with colleagues their experiences with how school-level growth data is used in practice in their state or district, envision how they hope it will be used, and identify related actions they can take to support everyone’s ability to talk about and use this data to drive improvements.

Please bring your laptop or another mobile device for this participatory session.

Speakers
avatar for Taryn Hochleitner

Taryn Hochleitner

Senior Associate, Data Quality Campaign
As a senior associate on the policy and advocacy team at DQC, Taryn helps identify, advocate for, and support changes to policy and practice that improve the ability of everyone with a stake in education to use data to make decisions. She focuses on the role of policy in creating... Read More →



Tuesday May 21, 2019 9:30am - 10:45am
Kennedy A, First Floor Charles Hotel (1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA, USA)

9:30am

Using Data to Advance Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Schools
Limited Capacity filling up

Educators care deeply about creating diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning environments, as evidenced by the growth of school and district staff devoted exclusively to these objectives. These leaders can use objective data such as staff demographics and student achievement gaps to inform their efforts. Increasingly, they can also use demographic gaps in self-reported climate and social-emotional variables (e.g., students’ sense of belonging) to better understand the diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) landscape of their schools. Finally, there are also emerging instruments that directly measures students’ DEI experiences and perceptions—whether they think students from different demographic groups are treated fairly, for example. In this session, panelists will describe how they have used data to create more inclusive, integrated, and equitable schools for students of different racial, ethnic, or cultural backgrounds. They will approach this topic from complementary perspectives and roles, as researchers and educators.
Lee Teitel from HGSE’s RIDES (Re-imagining Integration: Diverse and Equitable Schools) project will offer a historically-informed vision of school integration and describe the research-based practices that his team deploy in their work with school systems. Akisha Jones Sarfo from the University of Delaware will describe her work (as an SDP fellow) to understand and reduce racial discipline disproportionality in Guilford County School District. Sam Moulton from Panorama Education will share what he and his colleagues discovered from surveying over 10,000 students across 22 schools about their DEI experiences and perceptions. Finally, Andre Rodrigues and Derek Stampone from NYCDOE’s High School of Fashion Industries will discuss how they are using data from a student DEI survey and other sources to inform their school’s equity efforts.

Speakers
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Lee Teitel

Director, RIDES Project, HGSE
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Derek Stampone

Teacher, NYCDOE
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Andre Rodrigues

Assistant Principal, The HS of Fashion Industries
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Akisha Jones

Research Assistant Professor, Center for Research in Education and Social Policy (University of Delaware)
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Samuel Moulton

Director of Research, Panorama Education



Tuesday May 21, 2019 9:30am - 10:45am
Kennedy B, First Floor Charles Hotel (1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA, USA)

9:30am

Working with School-Site Expenditure Data: What We Need to Know to Assess Equity and Efficiency
Limited Capacity seats available

ESSA is requiring districts to report school-level actual expenditures for the first time. What will journalists, public advocates, and researchers do with these numbers? What are the promises and perils of this new data set and what do careful analysts need to know?
Each state education agency is providing separate, often vague guidance on reporting actual expenditures to schools. Districts have considerable flexibility on how they define site-based expenditures. We will discuss how different, common accounting practices can lead to dramatically different administrative data on dollars spent per student at schools sites. This can result in biased comparisons for intra- and inter-district school expenditures. We will also discuss methods to reduce the impact of district policy and practice to improve the quality of comparisons.
Even with consistent, unbiased data it’s important to make valid, relevant comparisons. We will discuss how researchers model school-site expenditures to better understand factors that have been shown to contribute to school costs. This session will empower the SDP community to work with school-site expenditure data. Our community is generally addresses efficacy and looks at differential outcomes to understand equity.
This session will work on addressing resource equity and efficiency, two questions of critical interest to leaders and policy-makers.

Speakers
avatar for Jason Becker

Jason Becker

Chief Product Officer, Allovue
Jason Becker is the Chief Product Officer at Allovue. His work includes changing how resources are managed by schools and districts and meeting the needs of school business officials, administrators, and the public through Allovue's software products. Jason is interested in understanding... Read More →
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Justin Dayhoff

Senior Account Advisor, Allovue
Justin Dayhoff is an education and data consultant and the Chief Executive Officer of Dayhoff Consulting Services, LLC. Justin has more than ten years of experience and training in and around public schools (including as a teacher and data coach) that make him an especially valuable... Read More →



Tuesday May 21, 2019 9:30am - 10:45am
Rogers, Third Floor Charles Hotel (1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA, USA)

10:45am

PIER Summit Pitch Competition
Hear proposals from researchers and their partner practitioners about what they think are the most pressing research issues of the day. This session is the conclusion to the PIER Summit research matchmaking conference, but is open to SDP Convening attendees as well.

Tuesday May 21, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am
Regattabar, Third Floor Charles Hotel (1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA, USA)

11:00am

Alumni Roundtable — Financial Analyses
Limited Capacity seats available

Join your fellow members of the SDP Network in swapping tools, protocols, and resources that are instrumental in your work. In this alumni roundtable, you will have the opportunity to get as much as you give.

What is it? An opportunity to meet up and give and get concrete resources with other convening attendees working in similar areas or on similar challenges.

What is it not? A formal presentation on this topic, or someone sharing “the answers.”

What to do: If you have something to contribute in this area, as well as something to learn—then add it to your schedule! Please come to the exchange with one question or request of your fellow attendees, as well as one concrete thing to share. You can share a tool that helped solve a problem, a reading or person that shifted your thinking in a big way, or something (e.g., a process) you’ve developed.

Alumni
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Bo Yan

Data Strategist, Jefferson County Public Schools
Bo Yan has been leading the effort to develop and implement Cycle-based Budgeting at Jefferson County Public Schools in Louisville, Kentucky for the past five years. More can be learned about the work at http://cyclebasedbudgeting.org. He was a proud Cohort 6 SDP fellow.


Tuesday May 21, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
Charles Ballroom, Third Floor Charles Hotel (1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA, USA)

11:00am

Alumni Roundtable — Leveraging Google Sheets
Limited Capacity seats available

Join your fellow members of the SDP Network in swapping tools, protocols, and resources that are instrumental in your work. In this alumni roundtable, you will have the opportunity to get as much as you give.

What is it? An opportunity to meet up and give and get concrete resources with other convening attendees working in similar areas or on similar challenges.

What is it not? A formal presentation on this topic, or someone sharing “the answers.”

What to do: If you have something to contribute in this area, as well as something to learn—then add it to your schedule! Please come to the exchange with one question or request of your fellow attendees, as well as one concrete thing to share. You can share a tool that helped solve a problem, a reading or person that shifted your thinking in a big way, or something (e.g., a process) you’ve developed.

Alumni

Tuesday May 21, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
Charles Ballroom, Third Floor Charles Hotel (1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA, USA)

11:00am

Alumni Roundtable — Measuring SEL and Student Engagement
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Join your fellow members of the SDP Network in swapping tools, protocols, and resources that are instrumental in your work. In this alumni roundtable, you will have the opportunity to get as much as you give.

What is it? An opportunity to meet up and give and get concrete resources with other convening attendees working in similar areas or on similar challenges.

What is it not? A formal presentation on this topic, or someone sharing “the answers.”

What to do: If you have something to contribute in this area, as well as something to learn—then add it to your schedule! Please come to the exchange with one question or request of your fellow attendees, as well as one concrete thing to share. You can share a tool that helped solve a problem, a reading or person that shifted your thinking in a big way, or something (e.g., a process) you’ve developed.

Alumni
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Tara Chiatovich

Research Scientist, Panorama Education
Tara Chiatovich is a Research Scientist at Panorama Education. She is an education researcher with extensive experience analyzing quantitative and qualitative data to uncover patterns and support decisions that have a positive impact on learners. Prior to her current position, Tara... Read More →


Tuesday May 21, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
Charles Ballroom, Third Floor Charles Hotel (1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA, USA)

11:00am

Alumni Roundtable — NWEA MAP Analyses
Limited Capacity seats available

Join your fellow members of the SDP Network in swapping tools, protocols, and resources that are instrumental in your work. In this alumni roundtable, you will have the opportunity to get as much as you give.

What is it? An opportunity to meet up and give and get concrete resources with other convening attendees working in similar areas or on similar challenges.

What is it not? A formal presentation on this topic, or someone sharing “the answers.”

What to do: If you have something to contribute in this area, as well as something to learn—then add it to your schedule! Please come to the exchange with one question or request of your fellow attendees, as well as one concrete thing to share. You can share a tool that helped solve a problem, a reading or person that shifted your thinking in a big way, or something (e.g., a process) you’ve developed.

Alumni
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David Furlow

Data Strategist, ACS International Schools
Visualization with Tableau, PowerSchool, Data Governance, Early Warning, Evaluating Professional Effectiveness, Digital Storytelling, Making, Investigations, Alteryx, Knime


Tuesday May 21, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
Charles Ballroom, Third Floor Charles Hotel (1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA, USA)

11:00am

Alumni Roundtable — Working with Your Information Technology Leaders and Vendors
Limited Capacity seats available

Join your fellow members of the SDP Network in swapping tools, protocols, and resources that are instrumental in your work. In this tools exchange, you will have the opportunity to get as much as you give.
What is it? An opportunity to meet up and give and get concrete resources with other convening attendees working in similar areas or on similar challenges.
What is it not? A formal presentation on this topic, or someone sharing “the answers.”
What to do: Preview the challenge areas available. Identify one that you’re working in where you have something to contribute, as well as something to learn—then add it to your schedule! Please come to the exchange with one question or request of your fellow attendees, as well as one concrete thing to share. You can share a tool that helped solve a problem, a reading or person that shifted your thinking in a big way, or something (e.g., a process) you’ve developed.

Alumni
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Matt Goodlaw

Chief Information Officer, New Mexico Public Education Department
My background is interdisciplinary social sciences with major focuses on pollical economy, social psychology applied towards education. Currently am the CIO at the New Mexico Public Education Department, prior to this role I served as the Director of the Educator Quality Division... Read More →


Tuesday May 21, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
Charles Ballroom, Third Floor Charles Hotel (1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA, USA)

11:00am

Capstone Roundtable — A System for Measuring Improvement of New York’s Lowest-Performing Schools
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

If 40 of New York State’s lowest-performing schools do not improve student outcomes over the next three years, they risk the appointment of an Independent Receiver or even closure. How do these schools show evidence of measurable progress? How do you set rigorous, yet achievable goals for schools that lag far below state benchmarks on key indicators (e.g., test scores, graduation rates, drop-out rates, etc.)? Working with stakeholders across the New York State Education Department, we designed a rigorous, transparent, ESSA-aligned system for helping superintendents direct and track improvement efforts in these schools. The new methodology integrates 41 types of indicators and sets realistic annual goals, while also providing flexibility to help schools prioritize and address their unique challenges. Come hear about how we did it and what we discovered along the way.

Fellows
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Jeffrey Fletcher

Education Specialist & SDP Fellow, New York State Education Department
Jeffrey Fletcher is a SDP data fellow with the New York State Education Department. Prior to the fellowship, Jeffrey was a Senior Research Assistant at the Community College Research Center at Teachers College, Columbia University. His work consisted of both quantitative and qualitative... Read More →
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Andrew Morozov

Associate in Education Research, New York State Education Department
SDP Cohort 9 agency fellow at the New York State Education Department, Office of Accountability, working on institutional accountability under ESSA.


Tuesday May 21, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
Longfellow B, First Floor Charles Hotel (1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA, USA)

11:00am

Capstone Roundtable — Building a Culture of Data Use in Fulton County Schools
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Fulton County Schools is committed to using data to inform classroom instruction. Historically, this was happening in isolated pockets across the system using a variety of methods, protocols, and tools. However, the system lacked a cohesive vision and framework that provided leadership and guidance on best practices for data-driven decision making.
This session will highlight how SDP Fellow Kim Richards developed scalable processes for data-driven instruction and built teacher data literacy to strengthen the district’s data culture. The session will also explore how Kim navigated the complex organizational priorities and structure in order to successfully implement the tools and protocols she developed.

Fellows
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Kim Richards

Coordinator of Accountability, Fulton County Schools


Tuesday May 21, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
Charles Ballroom, Third Floor Charles Hotel (1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA, USA)

11:00am

Capstone Roundtable — Creating an Integrated Enterprise District Data Warehouse
Limited Capacity filling up

Palm Beach, like many other school districts, hopes to perform regular sophisticated analyses, but an outdated data system divorced from the district’s research and evaluation function make answering analytical questions a challenge. Learn how Data Fellow Paul Houchens sought to modernize Palm Beach’s current data warehouse, consolidate the Educational Data Warehouse and Research & Evaluation department data sources, and expand the system to include other databases (i.e. Human Resources, Professional Development, Transportation, and other local systems).

Fellows
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Paul Houchens

Director of Research & Evaluation, School District of Palm Beach County


Tuesday May 21, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
Kennedy B, First Floor Charles Hotel (1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA, USA)

11:00am

Capstone Roundtable — De-Mystifying Accountability Targets in Massachusetts
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In 2018, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education introduced a new accountability system to comply with the Every Student Succeeds Act. While similar to the previous accountability framework, the new requirements, combined with a new standardized assessment, resulted in an opaque and complex system for school leaders to understand. The simultaneous release of results and targets after the school year was over provided an additional layer of complexity.
Come learn about how SDP Fellow Monica Hogan and Boston Public Schools created tools to help school leaders understand a complex, new accountability system and enabled progres monitoring throughout the year.

Fellows
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Monica Hogan

Director of Analytics, Boston Public Schools


Tuesday May 21, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
Kennedy B, First Floor Charles Hotel (1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA, USA)

11:00am

Capstone Roundtable — Developing a Methodological Toolbox for Data Analysts at the Syracuse City School District
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The Syracuse City School District is increasingly using data to inform policy. While the data needed is often descriptive in nature, more complex methodologies are occasionally needed for certain policy decisions. These analyses require more time and are more difficult to communicate than standard analyses.
This roundtable discussion will cover our process for developing a set of tools to help our data team complete rigorous analyses and communicate results. This will involve sharing details of our “toolbox,” with a focus on our tool for communicating results. Finally, we will end with a table discussion of what tools, processes, and resources each of our organizations uses for research projects.

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William Wagner-Flynn

Data Analyst, Syracuse City School District


Tuesday May 21, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
Charles Ballroom, Third Floor Charles Hotel (1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA, USA)

11:00am

Capstone Roundtable — Diving Deep into Teacher Quality
Limited Capacity seats available

Youngstown City School District has been underperforming for over a decade. The teachers have been rated at a high level year over year despite the underperformance of the students on mandated state testing. How can we be sure that students are getting high quality instruction from teachers equitably? Join Gregory Kibler in discussing Youngstown’s journey to make teacher evaluations truly reflective of the quality of the instruction that occurs day to day. We will explore the process of aligning observations, feedback and student data to help evaluators provide a true reflection of teacher quality that will allow for a more equitable instruction for all students.

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Gregory Kibler

Deputy Chief of Data, Youngstown City School District
I am the Deputy Chief of Data at Youngstown City Schools inYoungstown, Ohio. I am an Agency Fellow in Cohort 9 and areas of focus include the Resident Educator Program, Attendance Data, Teacher Quality Data, and implementing accountability procedures.


Tuesday May 21, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
Longfellow A, First Floor Charles Hotel (1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA, USA)

11:00am

Capstone Roundtable — How to Produce Actionable Evidence from Program Evaluations
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Many large-scale educational interventions are implemented without evidence to support their effectiveness. When this happens, program evaluations are conducted retrospectively using administrative data. However, post-implementation, educational leadership often have a stake in and preconceived notions about the effects of the intervention. For this reason, it can be difficult to sway leadership into action with estimates of general program effects. In this roundtable session, we will discuss case studies of program evaluations conducted in Palm Beach and lessons for working with leadership to establish action plans to ensure that findings are used to improve programs and policies.

Fellows
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Abigail Todhunter-Reid

Evaluation Specialist, The School District of Palm Beach County
I am a Cohort 9 Data Fellow working with the School District of Palm Beach County as an Evaluation Specialist. I use administrative data and quasi-experimental methods to evaluate the effectiveness of programs. During my time as a fellow, I advanced my skillset and learned how to... Read More →


Tuesday May 21, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
Charles Ballroom, Third Floor Charles Hotel (1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA, USA)

11:00am

Capstone Roundtable — Improving Teacher Evaluation in Tennessee: Increasing Accuracy, Strengthening Feedback
Limited Capacity seats available

This project examines evidence of the strengths and weaknesses of Tennessee’s evaluation system and considers the rationale for a revised rubric, the strategic work needed to develop support for this rubric, and the evidence needed in order to assess the validity, reliability, and impacts of this revised rubric. Particular attention will also be paid to the question of how to build political will for higher expectations that are explicitly intended to result in lower average teacher ratings.

Fellows
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Kevin Schaaf

Research Manager, Tennesse Department of Education


Tuesday May 21, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
Charles Ballroom, Third Floor Charles Hotel (1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA, USA)

11:00am

Capstone Roundtable — Is Our Theory of Change Working? A New Approach to Improvement Science at CityBridge Education
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Underlying nearly every project is a theory of change – a dashboard aims to improve student outcomes via increased data use, a program evaluation aims to increase an intervention’s effectiveness or reach by analyzing its impact, an evaluation system aims to increase teacher quality via clear standards and accountability. But do they? This session explores how CityBridge Education, an organization that incubates new school entrepreneurs, used a theory of change-based improvement process to evaluate its effectiveness and continually improve. It did this despite having tiny n sizes, no formal measures such as test scores, and limited existing research to inform its work. We will also discuss other tools in the improvement science toolbox that can support continuous improvement for a variety of projects and organizations.

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Savannah Gress

Director of Portfolio Evaluation, CityBridge Education


Tuesday May 21, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
Kennedy B, First Floor Charles Hotel (1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA, USA)

11:00am

Capstone Roundtable — Looking Past the “Vault”: Leveraging New Ways to Track College Graduates
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Delivering value in higher education closely tracks with the strength of a graduate’s workforce outcomes & an institution’s propensity to respond to its regional needs. This project examined higher education’s traditional path to track graduates in light of new technologies. It reflects the collaborative work with key partners to design a process to link student records to workforce outcomes outside of bureaucracy and revealed three ways such a democratic connection answers the question how does education link to work?

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Sue Mukherjee

Chief Strategy Officer, Shippensburg University, Pennsylvania\\\'s State System of Higher Education
Hello, I am excited to learn from all of you! I work for Pennsylvania's public post-secondary four year sector - fourteen universities and over 100,000 students. We are the largest producers of knowledge workers in the Keystone State. I am interested in developing a seamless narrative... Read More →


Tuesday May 21, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
Kennedy A, First Floor Charles Hotel (1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA, USA)

11:00am

Capstone Roundtable — Maybe you shouldn’t use that logistic regression. How Atlanta Public Schools simplified and revamped their early warning system.
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Advanced analytics don’t always have to involve a highly sophisticated model. Thomas Price and his team at Atlanta Public Schools developed a multi-variable predictive early warning system between 2015 and 2016, yet buy-in and usage from their targeted audience floundered. After sitting down with school teams and discussing what went wrong, it became apparent that the identification model t was more complicated than necessary. In this roundtable, learn how Thomas and his team revamped and simplified their early warning model to fit the needs of school administrators more directly.

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Thomas Price

Data Strategist, Atlanta Public Schools


Tuesday May 21, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
Comstock, Third Floor Charles Hotel (1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA, USA)

11:00am

Capstone Roundtable — Nevertheless, they persisted? A Case Study of the Louisiana Educates Pilot Program
Limited Capacity seats available

First-generation college students from low-income backgrounds are enrolling in college at higher rates than ever before. But what steps can be taken to close the persistence gap? In Louisiana, the University of Louisiana Lafayette (UL) is piloting an evidence-based program for eligible first-generation, low-income students from New Orleans public high schools. This capstone discussion involves an evaluative case study of the program’s first year, including a discussion of the mixed-methods approach, engagement with key stakeholders, and the development of actionable output for university personnel and community partners.

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Kate Babineau

Senior Research Fellow, Cowen Institute at Tulane University


Tuesday May 21, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
Kennedy A, First Floor Charles Hotel (1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA, USA)

11:00am

Capstone Roundtable — On Demand Data for All: Strategies for Supporting Data-Driven Culture at Relay Graduate School of Education
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In this roundtable, we will dream of a utopia where all decisions are made using data and all the data is always available, instantaneously, at one’s finger tips….and then we talk about what to do in real life. At Relay Graduate School of Education, we believe that data-driven decisions are the key to continuous improvement. Over the past two years, SDP Fellow Daniel Stuckey has worked to enhance data-driven culture by creating an ecosystem of strategies to improve data infrastructure and provide staff with the access, time, and skills they need to use data for programmatic improvements. In this session, Daniel will discuss the Relay playbook, which leverages dashboards, data days, and data governance to increase data-driven culture. He will reflect on strategies for change management, coalition-building, and prototyping that are fundamental to the work. And he will talk in depth about efforts to make valuable incremental changes to our data infrastructure in the short term while simultaneously making a game-changing investment in an operational store aligned to the Ed-Fi teacher preparation data model.

Fellows
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Daniel Stuckey

Director of Research and Data, Relay Graduate School of Education


Tuesday May 21, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
Charles Ballroom, Third Floor Charles Hotel (1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA, USA)

11:00am

Capstone Roundtable — Targeting success when the goal keeps moving
Limited Capacity seats available

Highlander Institute has a mission to improve educator and system capacity to provide personalized experiences for every learner. But how do you measure success in personalized learning?
SDP Fellow Danielle Blasczak worked to refine, supplement, calibrate, validate and disseminate a tool consisting of 28 indicators within 4 prioritized domains. This work has enabled Highlander Institute to better able to triangulate data between classroom observations and student achievement scores while continuing to scale quality practices.
Join this conversation to engage in a discussion about maintaining measurement consistency in an ever-changing personalized learning landscape.

Fellows
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Danielle Blasczak

Research and Data Manager, Highlander Institute


Tuesday May 21, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
Kennedy A, First Floor Charles Hotel (1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA, USA)

11:00am

Capstone Roundtable — The request behind the request: program evaluation for continuous improvement
Limited Capacity seats available

When stakeholders ask for data, they often ask questions along the lines of, “can I have test score data for these students between Spring and Fall?” or “I would like a list of students who are behind grade level.” Behind these simple requests are often a more complex set of questions, such as, “Did students who enrolled in my summer program perform better than expected?” or, “Which students should we target for this reading intervention?” These are the “requests behind the requests.” When the Data Strategy and Analytics Team at Tulsa Public Schools set out to launch a continuous improvement focused program evaluation initiative, we realized we had to not only build our analytical capacity, but also build the demand to engage in that work.

Fellows
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Jonathan McIlroy

Manager of District Performance, Tulsa Public Schools


Tuesday May 21, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
Longfellow A, First Floor Charles Hotel (1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA, USA)

12:00pm

Lunch
Tuesday May 21, 2019 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Charles Ballroom, Third Floor Charles Hotel (1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA, USA)

12:50pm

Presentation of the PIER Summit Awards
All convening attendees are invited to see CEPR's faculty director, Tom Kane, present the award to the winners of the PIER Summit Pitch Competition.

Tuesday May 21, 2019 12:50pm - 1:00pm
Charles Ballroom, Third Floor Charles Hotel (1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA, USA)

1:00pm

Remarks by Lawrence S. Bacow, President of Harvard University
This year Lawrence S. Bacow became the 29th President of Harvard University. One of the most widely experienced leaders in American higher education, known for his commitment to expanding student opportunity, catalyzing academic innovation, and encouraging universities’ civic engagement and service to society, President Bacow will offer a few remarks about the role of SDP and its affiliates in serving the public good.

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Lawrence Bacow

29th President, Harvard University
Lawrence S. Bacow is the 29th President of Harvard University. Bacow was the Hauser Leader-in-Residence at the Center for Public Leadership and served as a member of the Harvard Corporation, the university’s principal governing board. One of the most widely experienced leaders in... Read More →


Tuesday May 21, 2019 1:00pm - 1:15pm
Charles Ballroom, Third Floor Charles Hotel (1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA, USA)

1:15pm

Behind the Numbers: Boston Valedictorians Project
Graduating from high school at the top of your class is the ultimate indicator of academic success, but for many of Boston's valedictorians their paths after high school have not necessarily gone as planned.

Meet the journalists behind The Boston Globe’s recent investigation into the outcomes of valedictorians from Boston high schools. Hear the team discuss its troubling findings with researcher Joshua Goodman and moderator Dean Bridget Terry Long, and learn from the valedictorians themselves about the barriers to success and what we can do to help our best and brightest students graduate from college and go on to flourish.

Speakers
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Bridget Long

Dean and Saris Professor of Education and Economics, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Bridget Terry Long, Saris Professor of Education and Economics, is the 12th Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE). A member of the HGSE faculty since 2000, Long served as academic dean from 2013 to 2017 and was previously the faculty director of the Ed.D. and Ph.D... Read More →
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Madelyn Disla

Program Coordinator II, MRC
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Malcolm Gay

Journalist, The Boston Globe
Malcolm Gay covers visual and performing arts for the Boston Globe. He previously worked as a contributing writer at The New York Times.Named an Alicia Patterson Fellow in 2013, Gay has won numerous national journalism awards, including top honors from the James Beard Foundation, the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, and the National Association of Black Journalists. His first book, “The Brain Electric,” was published in October 2015... Read More →
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Meghan Irons

Social Justice and Race Reporter, Boston Globe
Meghan E. Irons is a veteran journalist at the Boston Globe, covering a range of topics that touch on how culture, politics, and social issues intersect with every day life. She was a member of the award-winning project 68 Blocks, has explored the diverse communities in Boston, and... Read More →
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Abadur Rahman

Economic Development Director, Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation
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Joshua Goodman

Associate Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
Joshua S. Goodman, Associate Professor of Public Policy, is an applied microeconomist studying labor economics and education policy. His work has two major strands:1) Exploring the determinants and long-run impacts of college choice2) Evaluating innovative interventions to develop... Read More →


Tuesday May 21, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Charles Ballroom, Third Floor Charles Hotel (1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA, USA)

2:30pm

Creating a Culture of Inquiry and Continuous Improvement
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Creating cultures of continuous improvement is no easy feat. This session will focus on three case studies that present strategies for shifting mindsets and building data culture. First, Kevin Hoffman from Aspire Public Schools will share Aspire’s efforts to become a learning organization steeped in inquiry by using the framework in Learning to Improve. Next, Kristen Rohanna from the UCLA Partner School Network will share how they strategically encourage teachers in their network to collect asset-based student data for their disciplined inquiry work. The purpose of these data is to shift educator mindsets around what it means to engage students in mathematics. Finally, Karen Tzong and Sharon Bi from Santa Ana Unified School District will share their low-lift strategy “Data Espressos” to engage stakeholders in data inquiry and initiate changes in their agency.

Speakers
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Sharon Bi

Assistant Director, Santa Ana Unified School District
Sharon Bi is the Assistant Director of Research and Evaluation in the Santa Ana Unified School District. She worked as the Educational Research Analyst in the Santa Ana Unified School District and as a Program Manager/Specialist at the Orange County Department of Education.Sharon... Read More →
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Karen Tzong

Research Analyst, Santa Ana Unified School District
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Kevin Hoffman

Associate Manager of Innovative Learning, Aspire Public Schools
I'm passionate about how technology and local innovation can transform teaching and learning to make school more rigorous, relevant, and effective for all students. As a former Algebra 1 teacher, I'm also partial to conversations around high school math instruction. I'm thrilled to... Read More →
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Kristen Rohanna

Director of Evaluation & Learning, UCLA
Former SDP data fellow and served as manager for research and evaluation for San Jose Unified School District. Currently leading the UCLA Partner School Networked Improvement Community. Also evaluate education programs through UCLA and independent consulting.



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

2:30pm

Fighting the Good Fight: Organizing Market Forces for Data Interoperability, Integration, & Privacy
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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.

Speakers
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Sean Casey

Strategic Partnerships, Ed-Fi Alliance
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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
Kennedy B, First Floor Charles Hotel (1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA, USA)

2:30pm

How can we lower barriers to college access and students’ success? Let’s ask some students.
Limited Capacity seats available

For first-generation college students, higher education can drastically alter their life trajectory. However, there are many barriers on the road to entering college, let alone graduating or graduating debt-free. In this session, current college students will share their thoughts on the most pernicious barriers to college access, and what the field should do to remedy them. These students are all alumni of TeenSHARP, a program that prepares talented low-income, Black, and Latinx students for top colleges through early access to college-level coursework and coaching throughout the application and decision process.

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Tatiana Poladko

Founder, TeenSHARP
TeenSHARP prepares talented youth of color to attend and thrive at our nation's top colleges.


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

2:30pm

How have Performance-Based Awards Programs evolved?
Limited Capacity seats available

Performance-based pay in education is not new. Over the years there have been numerous attempts at implementing such systems in schools, districts, and states across the country. However, these attempts have been met with varying levels of success. These initiatives have been subject to intense debate and some argue have even played a role in recent teacher unrest across the country. In this session, hear from district and school leaders at various stages of implementing performance-based awards programs about the intentions behind specific performance-based award structures and both the successes and lessons learned. From planning to implementation design to impact once implemented, the panel will dive into the recent shift in districts offering performance-based awards and the policy implications. Panelists will provide a review of recent literature and evaluations of performance-based awards programs for additional context. Audience participation will be sought during an interactive discussion of how performance-based awards programs can be designed to emphasize assets rather than deficits.

To prepare for this session, please read Rethinking teacher compensation policies: Why now, why again?

Speakers
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Brandi Holten

Lead Researcher, Denver Public Schools
educator effectiveness, college and career readiness, early warning systems, juvenile justice
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Hannah Page

Director of Data, Research, and Analytics, Drew Charter School
Hannah is the Director of Data for Drew Charter School, an innovative cradle to career K-12 school in metro Atlanta. In this role, she manages all data and presents regularly to stakeholders. Hannah is particularly interested in how data can support successful equity practices. Previously... Read More →
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Cara Jackson

Associate Partner, Bellwether Education Partners
Cara is an associate partner with Bellwether Education Partners, focusing on issues related to evaluation and planning, research design, survey research, and quantitative data analysis. She provides technical assistance and supports capacity building related to program evaluation... Read More →
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Jeremiah Johnson

Director Grants Administration, Denver Public School District
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Shanna Ricketts

Director, Gwinnett County Public Schools


Tuesday May 21, 2019 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Stratton, Third Floor Charles Hotel (1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA, USA)

2:30pm

Improving Strategic Use of Financial Resources
Limited Capacity seats available

District and school leaders are responsible for ensuring that limited financial resources are used both effectively and efficiently to improve student learning. Ideally, budget decisions should be based on an assessment of existing investments concerning where and how money has been invested, the impact of those investments on teaching, learning or other processes, and their alignment with the current strategic priorities. However, many districts lack either the infrastructure to compile such data, which usually come from multiple sources, or a systematic process through which the critical information can be used strategically to inform decisions.
In this workshop, we first present data we prepared for senior leadership of Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) in Louisville, Kentucky during the FY2019-20 budget season. The presentation includes side-by-side graphs of four-year investment and outcome trend lines, division-specific investments during that time period, and outcome data for some investments that reached the end of their investment cycle. We will discuss how these data did or did not help district leaders with their budget discussion and decision making.
Next, the data and organizational infrastructure we have built at JCPS to prepare such data is presented, with an introduction to our ongoing development of A-ROI indices aimed at informing decisions about individual investment items. We will conclude the workshop by sharing our work thus far on that front, which is part of a Researcher-Practitioner Partnerships in Education Research project in collaboration with the Center for Benefit-Cost Studies of Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, and funded by the Institute of Education Science of the U.S. Department of Education.

Speakers
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Steve Leach

Program Analyst, Jefferson County Public Schools
My work as a data analyst is part of an IES grant funded collaboration with the Center for Benefit-Cost Studies of Education (CBCSE) focused on cycle-based budgeting and academic return on investment (A-ROI). In my spare time, I'm working on my PhD in Educational Psychology Measurement... Read More →
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Bo Yan

Data Strategist, Jefferson County Public Schools
Bo Yan has been leading the effort to develop and implement Cycle-based Budgeting at Jefferson County Public Schools in Louisville, Kentucky for the past five years. More can be learned about the work at http://cyclebasedbudgeting.org. He was a proud Cohort 6 SDP fellow.
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Dena Dossett

Chief of Accountability, Research & System Improvement, Jefferson County Public Schools



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

2:30pm

New Approaches to Improving College Readiness
Limited Capacity seats available

Each year, many students arrive at college unprepared for college-level work: 41% of community college enrollees and 29% of four-year college enrollees reported taking at least one remedial course while enrolled. But, many students fail to complete their remedial courses and move on to college-level work. In response, colleges, schools, and states are experimenting with a wide range of approaches to help improve students’ ability to transition to college-level work. In this session, we will have three panelists discuss different remediation reforms aimed at improving students’ outcomes and one panelist discuss the role of dual enrollment in facilitating students’ transitions to college.
First, we will hear from the CUNY Start program, which provides intensive instruction and services to support students in meeting their remedial needs during one semester while delaying college enrollment. Next, we will discuss reforms in Florida, which included a change allowing students to opt-out of remedial courses in college. Then, we will hear from the Tennessee SAILS program which identifies students in high school that are flagged for college remediation and provides them with an opportunity to address their remediation needs in their senior year. Lastly, we will discuss the potential for dual enrollment in high school to better facilitate college transitions. We will end with a discussion about what we can learn from these initiatives and how we can move forward to improve college readiness.

Moderators
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Whitney Kozakowski

PhD Candidate, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Whitney Kozakowski is a Ph.D. candidate in Education Policy and Program Evaluation at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and PIER fellow through the Center for Education Policy Research. Her research is focused on college access and completion. Her current projects examine how... Read More →

Speakers
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Bethany King Wilkes

Program Director, Seamless Alignment and Integrated Learning Support, Tennessee Board of Regents
Bethany King Wilkes is the Program Director for Seamless Alignment and Integrated Learning Support (SAILS) at the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR). In this role, she oversees the SAILS Program that targets students who have not achieved college readiness benchmarks by introducing... Read More →
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John Fink

Senior Research Associate, Community College Research Center, Teachers College, Columbia University
John Fink is the Senior Research Associate for Community College Research Center. His research seeks to uncover structural barriers within higher education that result in inequitable access to educational and economic opportunity for racially minoritized, low-income, and first-generation... Read More →
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Christine Mokher

Associate Professor, Higher Education, Florida State University
Christine Mokher is an Associate Professor of Higher Education in Florida State University’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, where she is also a Senior Research Associate with the Center for Postsecondary Success (CPS). Her research is around policies supporting... Read More →
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Angela Boatman

Assistant Professor, Vanderbilt University
Angela Boatman is a higher education scholar whose work focuses on the evaluation of college access and completion policies, particularly in the areas of remediation, financial aid, and community college student success. Her research explores the outcomes of policies designed to increase... Read More →



Tuesday May 21, 2019 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Rogers, Third Floor Charles Hotel (1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA, USA)

2:30pm

Using Data to Drive Equity in Response to Student Behavior
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Responding to the nationwide increased awareness of inequities in response to behaviors among different groups of students, KIPP Philadelphia has used Schoolzilla Mosaic data dashboards to monitor and develop data routines around behavior.
In this session, participants will learn how KIPP Philadelphia and other schools/districts have used data to inform their practice around responding to student behavior. They will have time to engage in discussion around data routines, support and training to help school and district leaders use data to drive actions.
This session is ideal for school leaders seeking to reduce suspensions, improve student behavior outcomes, and build a more robust data culture.

Speakers
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Lynzi

Founder/CEO, Schoolzilla PBC
Lynzi is the Founder and CEO of Schoolzilla PBC. She founded the technology innovation team at Aspire Public Schools in 2008 to empower every Aspire teacher, principal, and leader with timely, accurate and actionable data. Five years later, she started Schoolzilla, a Public Benefit... Read More →
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Shannon Stackhouse

Sr. Impact Manager, Schoolzilla
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Danielle Cooper-Williams

Director of Equity and Cultural Proficiency, KIPP Philadelphia Schools
Danielle Cooper-Williams is the Director of Equity & Cultural Proficiency at KIPP Philadelphia Schools. Previously, Danielle was an assistant principal for 4 years at KPEA and previously taught art, physical education, and grades kindergarten through 2nd, as well as serving as a grade... Read More →



Tuesday May 21, 2019 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Agassiz, Third Floor Charles Hotel (1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA, USA)

4:00pm

Feature Film: Unlikely
SDP is honored to present a feature film about the need for a laser focus on postsecondary success: Unlikely.  Set in the cities of Akron, Atlanta, Boston and Los Angeles, five individuals failed by the higher education system fight for a second chance at opportunity.  A feature documentary from Three Frame Media filmmakers Jaye & Adam Fenderson, Unlikely investigates America’s college dropout crisis and the barriers students face in their pursuit of an education and meaningful career.

This session is optional.

Moderators
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Miriam Greenberg

Director, Strategic Data Project, Center for Education Policy Reseach
Miriam is the Director of Education and Communications overseeing CEPR’s professional development and training programs and working to help education organizations build and sustain data-driven leadership and research capacity. She provides direction and support for the Strategic... Read More →

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Christina Whitfield

Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff, SHEEO
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Jaci King

Consultant, Jacquekine King Consulting



Tuesday May 21, 2019 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Regattabar, Third Floor Charles Hotel (1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA, USA)

6:30pm

Decade of Data Dinner and Banquet
Join us for our celebration of the students behind the data. This year, we welcome student performers from both K-12 and Higher Education, who will showcase their musical talents over dinner. We look forward to commemorating ten years of SDP, as we raise our voices together.

Tuesday May 21, 2019 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Charles Ballroom, Third Floor Charles Hotel (1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA, USA)
 
Wednesday, May 22
 

7:30am

Breakfast
Wednesday May 22, 2019 7:30am - 8:30am
Charles Ballroom, Third Floor Charles Hotel (1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA, USA)

7:30am

Alumni Council Meeting and Breakfast
At this breakfast, the elected Alumni Council members will meet with SDP staff to plan forward for summer projects and council elections.
This session is open to members of the Alumni Council only.

Speakers
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Miriam Greenberg

Director, Strategic Data Project, Center for Education Policy Reseach
Miriam is the Director of Education and Communications overseeing CEPR’s professional development and training programs and working to help education organizations build and sustain data-driven leadership and research capacity. She provides direction and support for the Strategic... Read More →
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Robert Pollard

Sr. Project Coordinator, Strategic Data Project, Center for Education Policy Research
Robert Pollard is the senior education programs coordinator for the Strategic Data Project (SDP). Prior to joining SDP, he was a project assistant for the Middle School Mathematics Teachers and Teaching Survey (MTTS) and the National Center for Research in Policy and Practice with... Read More →


Wednesday May 22, 2019 7:30am - 8:45am
Walker, Third Floor Charles Hotel (1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA, USA)

8:30am

Ed-Talks
SDP Alumni will share stories about transforming policy and practice using data, including the perils and pitfalls in attempting to make lasting change.



Wednesday May 22, 2019 8:30am - 9:00am
Charles Ballroom, Third Floor Charles Hotel (1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA, USA)

9:00am

A Conversation with John B. King
In 2015, President Obama named John King the 10th U.S. Secretary of Education. With only one year on the job, King helped states implement ESSA and pushed for tougher equity rules to address racial disparities in American classrooms. He put a major focus on school discipline; and launched a $12 million federal grant program for promoting socioeconomically diverse schools. Now, Dr. John King is the President and CEO of The Education Trust and will share his insight on what we were able to accomplish with data and what the future of evidence-driven education policymaking with CEPR Faculty Director Tom Kane.

Speakers
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Tom Kane

Walter H. Gale Professor of Education, CEPR
Thomas Kane is an economist and Walter H. Gale Professor of Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is faculty director of the Center for Education Policy Research, a university-wide research center that works with school districts and state agencies. Between 2009... Read More →
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Chynah Tyler

Representative, 7th Suffolk District, Massachusetts Legislature
Chynah was born and raised in Roxbury where she established a special place in her heart for her community. Programs offered at facilities such as the John A. Shelburne Community Center and Roxbury Boys and Girls Club provided her with an authentic sense of pride as a Roxbury native... Read More →
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John King

President and CEO, The Education Trust
John B. King Jr. is the president and CEO of The Education Trust, a national nonprofit organization that seeks to identify and close opportunity and achievement gaps, from preschool through college. King served in President Barack Obama’s cabinet as the 10th U.S. Secretary of Education... Read More →


Wednesday May 22, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Charles Ballroom, Third Floor Charles Hotel (1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA, USA)

10:15am

A Nation at Hope: Social Emotional Learning and Success
Limited Capacity filling up

Research shows that when schools help students build character and scholarship in concert, student achievement flourishes in class and in life. In this session members of the National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development will share insights and recommendations from the commission’s recently released report, A Nation at Hope. Join the commission’s co-chair, Timothy Shriver, and leading members of the policy, practice, and research working groups to hear about the science of social and emotional learning, its role in schools and schooling, and key recommendations for the next generation of practice, policy, and research.

Speakers
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Stephanie Jones

Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Stephanie Jones is the Marie and Max Kargman Associate Professor in Human Development and Urban Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her research focuses on the longitudinal effects of poverty and exposure to violence on social, emotional, and behavioral development... Read More →
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Gene Wilhoit

Executive Director, National Center for Innovation in Education
Gene Wilhoit is the CEO of the Center for Innovation in Education at the University of Kentucky. Gene served as executive director of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) from 2006 until 2013, having spent his entire professional career serving education at the local... Read More →
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Sheldon Berman

Superintendent of Schools, Andover Public Schools
On July 1, 2015, Dr. Sheldon H. Berman assumed the superintendency of the Andover Public Schools in Massachusetts, as their superintendent.Previously, from July 2011 to June 2015, Dr. Berman was the superintendent of the Eugene (Oregon) School District. During his four years in Eugene... Read More →
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Timothy Shriver

Chairman, Special Olympics International
Shriver leads the International Board of Directors and serves together with over 5.6 million Special Olympics athletes in 172 countries to promote health, education, and a more unified world through the joy of sports.Shriver joined Special Olympics in 1996. He is a leading educator who... Read More →


Wednesday May 22, 2019 10:15am - 11:30am
Agassiz, Third Floor Charles Hotel (1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA, USA)

10:15am

Batting .750: Results From a Series of Fall 2018 Attendance Pilots
Limited Capacity seats available

In education, the list of interventions that are effective, generalizable and manageable to implement is frustratingly short. It’s even shorter when we look for interventions that meet these conditions and improve attendance. In our session we intend to make that list a little longer. We’ll share the results of a dozen attendance pilots run in the fall of 2018 in seven districts and CMOs across the country. And we’ll invite the audience to join in generating hypotheses about why the effective interventions worked and what that can tell us about what practitioners should try next.

Speakers
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William Wagner-Flynn

Data Analyst, Syracuse City School District
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Paul Houchens

Director of Research & Evaluation, School District of Palm Beach County
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Dave Hersh

Senior Network Advisor, Proving Ground
Dave Hersh is the Senior Network Advisor for Proving Ground at the Center for Education Policy Research. Prior to joining Proving Ground, Dave was the Chief of Finance and Analytics for Camden City Schools (CCSD) in New Jersey. He joined CCSD as a Data Fellow with the Strategic Data... Read More →



Wednesday May 22, 2019 10:15am - 11:30am
Longfellow B, First Floor Charles Hotel (1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA, USA)

10:15am

Improving Supports for Novice Educators
Limited Capacity seats available

Supporting Delaware’s newest educators is essential to ensuring all of Delaware’s students receive a quality education and are college and/or career ready. By providing comprehensive support to our newest educators, the Delaware Department of Education, school districts, and charter schools can work together towards increasing educator retention rates; improving professional practices of both new and veteran educators, and most importantly, having positive effects on student achievement.
This discussion will explore the state of Delaware’s approach to improving their mentoring and induction program, supporting district and school leaders in implementing mentoring and induction programs, and using data to drive interventions and decision-making. Furthermore, panelists will share their experiences, challenges that they have faced, early wins, and their approach to measuring outcomes, and continuous system-level improvements over time.

Speakers
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Shannon Holston

Director, Educator Effectiveness, Delaware Dept.of Education
Shannon Holston is the Director for Educator Effectiveness for the Delaware Department of Education. As a director, her work includes educator preparation programs. 
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Nermin Zubaca

Data Analyst, Delaware Department of Education
Nermin Zubaca works full-time with the Delaware Department of Education and leads the educator data collection, reporting, statistical analysis, and visualization. His work also focuses on governance projects, federal reporting, project management, technical assistance, and production... Read More →
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Seher Ahmad

Researcher, Delaware Department of Education
Seher Ahmad, Ph.D. works full-time with Delaware Department of Education on projects related to educator evaluation and effectiveness. Her work includes stake holder engagement, district and school monitoring visits, project management, statistical analyses, and providing technical... Read More →
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Angela Socorso

Supervisor of Human Resources, Smyrna School District
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Michael Saylor

School Leadership - Education Associate, Delaware Department of Education
Michael Saylor, Ph.D., leads school leadership initiatives for the Delaware Department of Education. He is focused on the continued implementation of an administrator pipeline to include recruitment, preparation, selection, and retention of effective administrators. Most recent... Read More →



Wednesday May 22, 2019 10:15am - 11:30am
Stratton, Third Floor Charles Hotel (1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA, USA)

10:15am

Reform by the Book: Textbook Effects in the Common Core Era
Limited Capacity seats available

Is curriculum choice the silver bullet intervention that K-12 desperately needs? Though recent studies have stoked enthusiasm for using curriculum as a relatively low-cost means to drive student achievement gains, a new study of elementary math textbook efficacy casts doubt on just how much we can expect from curriculum alone. Our panelists will explore how a high-quality curriculum fits into a broader system of reform, what states can do to help researchers better understand its impact on instruction and learning, and why teacher support must be a part of the conversation.

Speakers
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David Blazar

Assistant Professor, University of Maryland College Park
David Blazar is an Assistant Professor of Education Policy and Economics at the University of Maryland. His research examines teacher labor markets, with a focus on professional learning, organizational contexts of schools and districts, and accountability policy. Current projects... Read More →
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Jackie Kerstetter

Communication Consultant, Alessi Communication & Design Co
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Morgan Polikoff

Associate Professor, University of Southern California
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David Steiner

Professor/Executive Director, Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy
David Steiner is Director of the Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy and Professor of Education at Johns Hopkins University. He currently serves as a member of the State Board of Education and on the Maryland Commission for Innovation and Excellence in Education. Additionally... Read More →
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Dan Weisberg

Chief Executive Officer, TNTP
As TNTP’s Chief Executive Officer, Dan Weisberg oversees TNTP’s executive team and all aspects of the organization’s operations, strategy and growth.Prior to becoming CEO in June 2015 as part of TNTP’s long-term growth strategy, Dan was the Executive Vice President for Performance Management and General Counsel. In this role, he built and led a 130-person team to support the efforts of school systems and states nationwide to recruit, develop and retain effective teachers and principals.Previously, as Vice... Read More →
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Judy Wurtzel

Senior Director, Education, Charles & Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation
Judy Wurtzel supports the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation’s efforts to improve K-12 education across the U.S., with a focus on instructional materials, professional learning and parent resources.Judy has experience in government, philanthropy, associations and non-profits... Read More →


Wednesday May 22, 2019 10:15am - 11:30am
Rogers, Third Floor Charles Hotel (1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA, USA)

10:15am

Strength in Failure: A candid conversation about research & analysis that never saw the light of day
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Join SDP Alumni for a critical conversations session about studies, analyses, and experiments that failed to create usable data, were never conducted, were never presented due to organizational or political pressure, or evolved into a completely different study. Rarely do we talk candidly about all the times we failed, and how we overcame barriers to better use data to inform policy and practice. At SDP’s 10th Anniversary, there is no better time to bring forward some of these "failures" and talk about how they resulted in new learnings, generated new practices, and spurred new research. Attendees will leave the session with examples of “failures” across five agencies that resulted in new research or policies that moved the conversation forward. The presenters will share their experiences of how they created action from failure, and how it catalyzed later success. This discussion will highlight strategies for advancing rigorous data analysis to improve the quality of decision-making in educational agencies. This session seeks to leave the attendee with a greater understanding of how the research process unfolds, and how unexpected roadblocks can result in stronger results down the line. The audience will be given time to reflect on their own challenges, brainstorm strategies to work around barriers, and develop next steps for addressing similar challenges in their agencies, in addition to having ample time to ask and answer questions.

Speakers
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Tom Hay

Academy Director, ConsenSys Academy
I'm Director of ConsenSys Academy. We build educational products to teach about the blockchain. Former Director of Data Strategy @ Uplift Education, former Associate @ Booz Allen Hamilton. SDP Alumni - Cohort 6.
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Carrie Conaway

Chief Strategy and Research Officer, MA Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education
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Cara Jackson

Associate Partner, Bellwether Education Partners
Cara is an associate partner with Bellwether Education Partners, focusing on issues related to evaluation and planning, research design, survey research, and quantitative data analysis. She provides technical assistance and supports capacity building related to program evaluation... Read More →
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Matt Lenard

Graduate Student, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Matt Lenard is a Ph.D. student in Education Policy and Program Evaluation at Harvard University. His primary research interests involve identifying and evaluating interventions that improve student achievement and teacher quality—all with an eye toward eliminating disparities.
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Matt Linick

Sr. Researcher, AIR



Wednesday May 22, 2019 10:15am - 11:30am
Kennedy A, First Floor Charles Hotel (1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA, USA)

10:15am

The Odd Couple? Marrying Performance Management and Improvement Science in Chesterfield County Public Schools
Limited Capacity seats available

For the 2018-2019 school year, Chesterfield County Public Schools (CCPS) reinvented its state-mandated School Innovation and Improvement Planning process (SIIP) around the principles of performance management and improvement science. Each 63 CCPS schools completed a Preliminary Needs Assessment that led them through a review of critical data to better define goals for the SIIP process. To accommodate more meaningful and ambitious reform strategies, schools wrote three-year goals and chose quantitative data that measures interim benchmarks towards goal completion each semester. Then they selected initial action steps that they believed would move their chosen metric, which they review at the end of each semester. Movement in the measure suggests the school keep the same action steps. Measures that do not improve provides an opportunity to reflect as to whether the plan should change.

In this workshop, we will describe the development of the revised process and the principles from performance management and improvement science theory that informed this process. Participants will dig into the data, practice goal and benchmark setting, and design action steps to internalize the process. At the conclusion of this process and if time permits, participants will share feedback on the process and highlights from their plans.

Please bring your laptop to this participatory session.

Speakers
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Dr. Bryan Shelly

Coordinator, Research & Evaluation, Chesterfield County Public Schools
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Dr. Tinkhani White

Curriculum Coordinator, Chesterfield County Public Schools



Wednesday May 22, 2019 10:15am - 11:30am
Kennedy B, First Floor Charles Hotel (1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA, USA)

10:15am

TOOLKITS!: Scaling your work for maximum impact with stakeholders
Limited Capacity seats available

SDP Fellows have transformed their agencies’ abilities to leverage data for high-quality insights and actionable next steps. From curriculum and instruction to teacher preparation and college-career readiness, fellows have helped shape policy by providing tools that drive key decision making. But given that the number of fellows in an agency is limited, much of this work must be prioritized based on capacity. In other words, a small group of fellows within an agency can uncover deep, custom insights for a small number of stakeholders, but not for all of them simultaneously. Yet transforming an organization’s data culture requires participants to be actively engaged at multiple points. So how does one transfer the ability of a few analysts uncovering key insights to a broader swathe of the organization, which may not have an advanced level of technical skill, in service of a culture that relies on data and insights?

Toolkits allow us to harness the power of a few and transfer it more broadly without training every person on staff to be an analyst. Similar to a Blue Apron dinner kit, this session will walk participants through an in-depth step-by-step approach to scaling micro solutions to large-scale toolkits capable of servicing a large number of stakeholders without direct supervision from the product designers. The session will cover the 6 stages to designing a tool kit and help participants determine where and where not to leverage products for potential toolkit scalability.

Please bring your laptop to this participatory session.

Speakers
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Christopher Leake

Vice President, Teach For America



Wednesday May 22, 2019 10:15am - 11:30am
Longfellow A, First Floor Charles Hotel (1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA, USA)

11:45am

Lunch
Wednesday May 22, 2019 11:45am - 12:45pm
Charles Ballroom, Third Floor Charles Hotel (1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA, USA)

1:00pm

Alumni Affinity Session
SDP Alumni will gather based on interest areas and and be led in a discussion of current issues and challenges by members of the alumni council.

Wednesday May 22, 2019 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Regattabar, Third Floor Charles Hotel (1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA, USA)

1:00pm

Capstone Roundtable — Are Teachers Better Predictors of Student Success than Computer Assessments?
Limited Capacity filling up

During the 2017-18 school year, Youngstown City School District implemented two computer-based assessments to identify student academic ability and identify the proper types of supports needed to positively impact student achievement. While most teachers and administrators embraced this new technology, some remain skeptical of its ability to properly identify those students in need of support, arguing that teachers are the best predictors of student success. This capstone centered around answering the question of whether computer based assessments or teachers better predict how students would do on the end-of-year tests. At this roundtable, SDP Fellow John LaPlante will show how Youngstown teachers did at predicting student success as compared to their computer-based assessments. Did teacher experience have an impact? What about teacher effectiveness ratings? The answers may surprise you.

Fellows
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John LaPlante

Chief Information Officer, Youngstown City Schools
Early Warning Systems, Program Effectiveness


Wednesday May 22, 2019 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Agassiz, Third Floor Charles Hotel (1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA, USA)

1:00pm

Capstone Roundtable — Building a Platform for the Jump from Educator Evaluation to Growth
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

West Virginia’s Educator Evaluation System is failing to achieve its purpose of raising student performance by improving instruction. Educators view it as a compliance exercise and perceive little benefit to student learning. The system also fails to differentiate educator performance in a way that can support professional development or human capital decisions. The West Virginia Department of Education’s long-term goal is to refocus the system on growth. This will require mindset shifts and policy change. Come learn about the department’s efforts to prepare for bigger changes by rebuilding the technology platform that supports evaluation.

Fellows
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Oliver Ho

SDP Fellow / Coordinator, West Virginia Department of Education


Wednesday May 22, 2019 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Longfellow B, First Floor Charles Hotel (1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA, USA)

1:00pm

Capstone Roundtable — Designing an Informed and Effective Grant Selection and Evaluation Process
Limited Capacity full
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The K-12 Measurement, Learning, and Evaluation team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation needed to design a new process that could effectively surface and evaluate grant opportunities that would improve the use of data and evidence by the K-12 team and the field. It was important that the process be aligned to the team’s strategy and equity goals, and that an effective system was in place to measure progress towards those goals. This roundtable will discuss the following questions: What are the important factors to consider when evaluating competing ideas that have different levels of risk and reward? How can organizations ensure their work is aligning to equity goals and what are effective ways to measure progress towards meeting those goals?

Fellows
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Andrew Corcoran

Associate Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
I am an Associate Program Officer on the Measurement, Learning, and Evaluation at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. My work primarily focuses on improved use of education data and evidence, education to career pathways, and internal analytics. I am an R user that is really interested... Read More →


Wednesday May 22, 2019 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Kennedy B, First Floor Charles Hotel (1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA, USA)

1:00pm

Capstone Roundtable — Exploring Connections between Safe School Perceptions and Teacher Retention
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The landscape of school safety has shifted dramatically over the last several years. The impact that safety has on students is imperative and evident – but how do the perceptions of a safe school environment impact teachers? What facets of school safety influence teachers’ decision to remain in a school, or in the profession as a whole? This project centers around the development of a safety index for Kentucky, with the intention of examining how the amount and severity of school safety violations influence teacher turnover rates.

Fellows
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Anthony Pinson

Data Analyst, Kentucky Department of Education
I serve Kentucky's Department of Education as a Data Analyst for our Instructional Transformation grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. I am also a Cohort 9 Agency Fellow.Recently, my work's primary focus is on assisting in the development, refinement, and implementation... Read More →


Wednesday May 22, 2019 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Charles Ballroom, Third Floor Charles Hotel (1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA, USA)

1:00pm

Capstone Roundtable — Filling the Data Void on the K–12 Curriculum Market
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Can we improve K-12 instruction by identifying high-quality, standards-aligned curricular materials and increasing market demand for such materials. EdReports is attempting to do just that. Yet data on LEA curriculum procurement are not readily available for analysis, limiting our ability to understand the state of the curriculum market and whether, how, and why it is changing. In this roundtable, SDP Fellow Mark LaVenia will share EdReports efforts to generate demand for high-quality materials associated with classroom improvement by building an instructional materials database that will allow for a better understanding of curriculum quality.

Fellows
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Mark LaVenia

Data Strategist, EdReports


Wednesday May 22, 2019 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Charles Ballroom, Third Floor Charles Hotel (1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA, USA)

1:00pm

Capstone Roundtable — From Zero to Sixty: Developing a System for Data Collection, Dashboards, Employee Accountability, Partnership Management, and Service Optimization
Limited Capacity filling up

NE Basecamp is an educational nonprofit supporting educators through embedded, year-long professional development. Historically, the most powerful organizational data lived in handwritten classroom observation sheets. At this roundtable, SDP fellow Annice Correia Gabel shares the process of modernizing a robust data collection system for coaches and future efforts to design a functional framework for employee feedback and accountability, contract design with district and school partners, and data-driven service tailoring. Ultimately, how should NE Basecamp leverage data systems with an eye toward future research?

Fellows
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Annice M. Correia Gabel

Director of Analytics and Operations, NE Basecamp
Annice is an SDP Data Fellow and Director of Analytics and Operations at New England Basecamp. In this role, Annice strengthens NE Basecamp’s capacity to make meaning out of data so that they can best serve schools implementing personalized learning. She previously worked at the... Read More →


Wednesday May 22, 2019 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Stratton, Third Floor Charles Hotel (1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA, USA)

1:00pm

Capstone Roundtable — Improving the Teacher Feedback Cycle: Lessons and Open Questions in NYC
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

What does it look like when teachers become the drivers of their own growth and development? Can a teacher evaluation and observation policy designed for nearly 70,000 teachers simultaneously provide meaningful ratings and supportive feedback? Join us for a discussion exploring research Josh’s team led across 3 community school districts at the NYCDOE. We’ll walk through lessons learned, challenges, and open questions about the conditions for success needed for a collaborative, trusting culture of learning and the role that central offices can play to support that. Help us further push the conversation on how to balance policy ‘compliance’ with broader human capital goals.

Fellows
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Joshua Dormont

Director, Product Development, NYCDOE


Wednesday May 22, 2019 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Longfellow A, First Floor Charles Hotel (1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA, USA)

1:00pm

Capstone Roundtable — Steady or Stagnant?: Moving the needle on college-going outcomes for Fulton County Schools
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

This interactive session will focus on the college-going outcomes for Fulton County Schools over the past 7 years through the district’s first college-going dashboard. During the presentation, participants will discuss dashboard creation and usability, and will also have an opportunity to identify and discuss interventions to answer the question: how can the district move its seamless enrollment rate beyond its 7-year average?

Fellows
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Jhanelle Adams

Coordinator (district-level), Fulton County


Wednesday May 22, 2019 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Kennedy A, First Floor Charles Hotel (1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA, USA)

1:00pm

Capstone Roundtable — Sub Here Often? Improving Substitute Fill Rates in Chicago Public Schools
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In this roundtable, we will explore the effects of using stipends to improve substitute teacher fill rates in Chicago Public Schools. CPS has suffered from an average substitute fill rate of less than 80%. As of last school year, there were 1,600 requests per day and over 2,500 active subs at any given time, yet 300 unfilled requests on any given day. To help boost fill rates, high-need schools were identified and substitutes now receive stipends to take jobs at these schools during this school year.
While the stipends have shown promising results thus far, they have also created unintended consequences, and revealed larger challenges. Come contribute to a discussion involving how data is best used to identify problems and solutions, the role of teacher absences and substitute teaching, and whether financial incentives are an effective way to change behavior.

Fellows
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Megan Lane

Strategic Data Fellow, Chicago Public Schools
Megan Lane is a strategic data fellow with Chicago Public Schools. At CPS, Megan is leading various projects in the Talent Office, including understanding substitute fill rates, analyzing teacher hiring patterns, and developing Educator Preparation Scorecards. These projects will... Read More →


Wednesday May 22, 2019 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Charles Ballroom, Third Floor Charles Hotel (1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA, USA)

1:00pm

Capstone Roundtable — The Hosts with the Most: The Importance of Host Teacher – Participant Relationships
Limited Capacity seats available

Aspiring teachers participating in the Urban Teacher preparation program each receive a host teacher. When structured interviews with alumni of the program on school climate yielded unprompted responses around the importance of the host teacher on their experience, it became necessary to learn more about the host teacher – participant relationship, including attempts to corroborate the data quantitatively and modifications to the host teacher survey to elicit additional information. This roundtable will include findings for improving the selection and training of host teachers in teacher preparation programs.

Fellows
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Kristina Cassiday

Assistant Director of Research and Evaluation, Urban Teachers


Wednesday May 22, 2019 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Kennedy A, First Floor Charles Hotel (1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA, USA)

1:00pm

Capstone Roundtable — The Right Course of Action: Assessing Mathematics Coursetaking Policies in Orange County Public Schools
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This roundtable will focus on the effectiveness of a policy moving students to a lower level mathematics course after the first quarter of students’ freshman year in high school. Learn how Ann Cisney Booth navigated challenges in Orange County Public Schools when executing whether this policy led to impacts on student achievement data.

Fellows
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Ann Cisney-Booth

Senior Administrator, Research and Evaluation, Orange County Public Schools


Wednesday May 22, 2019 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Kennedy B, First Floor Charles Hotel (1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA, USA)

1:00pm

Capstone Roundtable — Using Data Visualizations to Inform Accreditation Decisions
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In what ways can data be used to enhance the strategic decision making process for continuous improvement for educator preparation programs? The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing tackled this question by developing and scaling interactive data visualizations that identify and highlight areas of achievements and concerns with teacher preparation programs across the state. Data visualizations and relevant accreditation information have been consolidated into one dashboard to provide centralized access for the Commission, accreditation teams and approved institutions. This roundtable session will look at sample data visualizations and discuss how to leverage the data to help programs improve.

Fellows
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Phi Phi Lau

Research Data Specialist, California Commission on Teacher Credentialing


Wednesday May 22, 2019 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Charles Ballroom, Third Floor Charles Hotel (1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA, USA)

1:00pm

Capstone Roundtable — Visualizing Postsecondary Data to Inspire Educator Action
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Leveraging local student information systems, the National Student Clearinghouse, and the College Scorecard, the Connecticut RISE Network, has developed dashboards to help educators better understand postsecondary outcomes. These dashboards have democratized access to alumni outcomes for educators, while sparking conversation around issues of college readiness, summer melt, and postsecondary outcomes across the RISE Network. This session will review the development and impact of these dashboards, while also discussing some of the pilot programs that have emerged around addressing summer melt and college enrollment as a result.

Fellows
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Salman Khan

Applied Data Strategist, Connecticut RISE Network
My interests include understanding, researching, and improving student pathways from high school to college. BA, Rutgers University | Certificate in College Counseling, UCLA Extension | MA, Stanford University


Wednesday May 22, 2019 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Rogers, Third Floor Charles Hotel (1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA, USA)

1:00pm

Capstone Roundtable — Who Gets Picked? Selection of Schools for Say Yes Wraparound Services in Cleveland
Limited Capacity seats available

In January 2019, Say Yes to Education announced that Cleveland was the 4th Say Yes chapter, guaranteeing students tuition scholarships for college, as well as extensive wraparound supports to help them get there. To make the latter a reality, we first had to decide how these core services would be deployed in CMSD schools.
But, given limited resources, which schools should receive these services? This roundtable will share how Say Yes and CMSD chose to roll out services to maximize continuous learning about getting students to college. This roundtable will focus on the data-informed strategy and constraints for getting more CMSD students to college.

Fellows
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Emily Hilty

Data Strategist, Cleveland Metropolitan School District
Emily Hilty is a data strategist at the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and a data fellow with the Strategic Data Project at the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Indiana University, where she studied American... Read More →


Wednesday May 22, 2019 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Longfellow B, First Floor Charles Hotel (1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA, USA)

2:00pm

A Decade of Education Data
How has the education data landscape changed in the ten years since the inception of the Strategic Data Project? What do we need to do in the coming decade to radically transform our agencies into evidence-driven learning organizations?
In this panel discussion, join the president of the Data Quality Campaign, the Executive Director of the Strategic Data Project, and Foundation Leader Eli Pristoop at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, as they take stock of our collective progress, our stumbling blocks, and the path ahead.

Speakers
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Jon Fullerton

Executive Director, CEPR
Jon Fullerton is the executive director of the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University. Fullerton has extensive experience working with policymakers and executives in designing and implementing organizational change and improvements. Before coming to Harvard, Fullerton... Read More →
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Eli Pristoop

Senior Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Eli Pristoop is a senior program officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Before that, he worked as a data analyst at the same organization. Previously, he was a data analyst a the Education Trust.Pristoop holds a bachelor's degree from Washington University in St. Louis and... Read More →
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Jenn Bell-Ellwanger

President/CEO, Data Quality Campaign
Jennifer Bell-Ellwanger is the President and CEO of the Data Quality Campaign (DQC), a nonprofit policy and advocacy organization leading the effort to ensure that educators, families, and policymakers are empowered with quality information to make decisions that ensure students excel.Jennifer... Read More →


Wednesday May 22, 2019 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Charles Ballroom, Third Floor Charles Hotel (1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA, USA)

2:45pm

Closing Remarks
Speakers
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Miriam Greenberg

Director, Strategic Data Project, Center for Education Policy Reseach
Miriam is the Director of Education and Communications overseeing CEPR’s professional development and training programs and working to help education organizations build and sustain data-driven leadership and research capacity. She provides direction and support for the Strategic... Read More →


Wednesday May 22, 2019 2:45pm - 3:00pm
Charles Ballroom, Third Floor Charles Hotel (1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA, USA)

6:30pm

Fellowship Graduation Ceremony and Dinner
Cohort 9 Fellows will join the SDP team in a celebration of their collective accomplishments, which will include dinner and a brief ceremony. This experience is for Cohort 9 Fellows only.

Wednesday May 22, 2019 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Eliot Lyman Room, Longfellow Hall (2nd Floor) Harvard Graduate School of Education, 13 Appian Way, Cambridge, MA, USA
 
Thursday, May 23
 

9:00am

Fellowship Graduation
Cohort 9 Fellows will learn what it means to be an alum, offer their feedback on the fellowship experience, and say "thank-you" and "until next time" to their cohort-mates.

Thursday May 23, 2019 9:00am - 12:00pm
Kennedy A, First Floor Charles Hotel (1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA, USA)