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

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)
Wednesday, May 22

10:15am EDT

A Nation at Hope: Social Emotional Learning and Success
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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.

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