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

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Tuesday, May 21

2:30pm EDT

Fighting the Good Fight: Organizing Market Forces for Data Interoperability, Integration, & Privacy
Limited Capacity filling up

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

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Sean Casey

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

Mark Luetzelschwab

Global Education Solutions Lead, Amazon Web Services
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Erin Mote

Executive Director, InnovateEDU
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Amelia Vance

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

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

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

10:15am EDT

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.


Christopher Leake

National Senior Vice President, Teach For America

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