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

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Tuesday, May 21

9:30am EDT

Leveraging Data to Improve the Equity of Student Assignment to Effective Teachers
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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.

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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 →
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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 EDT
Agassiz, Third Floor Charles Hotel (1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA, USA)

9:30am EDT

Using Data to Advance Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Schools
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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.


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

2:30pm EDT

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.

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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)
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