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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Attendance and Behavior [clear filter]
Tuesday, May 21

9:30am EDT

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.

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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, 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 EDT
Longfellow B, First Floor Charles Hotel (1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA, USA)

2:30pm EDT

Using Data to Drive Equity in Response to Student Behavior
Limited Capacity filling up

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.

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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 EDT
Agassiz, Third Floor Charles Hotel (1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA, USA)
Wednesday, May 22

10:15am EDT

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.


William Wagner-Flynn

Data Analyst, Syracuse City School District
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Paul Houchens

Director Research and Evaluation, SDPBC
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David Hersh

Director, Proving Ground, Center for Education Policy Research
Dave Hersh is the Director of 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 Project. In... Read More →

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