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)

2:30pm EDT

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?

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Brandi Holten

Senior Research Manager, Relay Graduate School of Education
teacher preparation, educator effectiveness, college and career readiness, early warning systems, juvenile justiceE-mail: bholten@relay.edu
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Hannah Page

Drew Charter School, Director of Data
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

Senior Associate, Abt Associates
Cara is a senior associate in the Social & Economic Policy division at Abt Associates, focusing on program evaluation, research design, and evidence synthesis. She is currently managing a national evaluation of one of the U.S. Department of Education's technical assistance programs... Read More →
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Jeremiah Johnson

Director Grants Administration, Denver Public School District

Shanna Ricketts

Director, Gwinnett County Public Schools

Tuesday May 21, 2019 2:30pm - 3:45pm EDT
Stratton, Third Floor Charles Hotel (1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA, USA)
Wednesday, May 22

10:15am EDT

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.

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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, University of Delaware/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 →

Angela Socorso

Supervisor of Human Resources, Smyrna School District
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Dr. Michael Saylor

Director - Educator Excellence, Delaware Department of Education
Strong and varied skills in the field of education – specifically in the areas of talent development, equity, policy, school innovation, and curriculum/instruction/assessment. Currently leads the Educator Excellence Unit at the Delaware Department of Education. Previous experience... Read More →

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