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Policies, Procedures, Practices, and Data to Transform Student Outcomes

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Monday, June 24, 4:30–5:30 pm
Location: 113A

Andrae Martin   Dr. Tamara Willis  
If the idea of moving all your data into one data warehouse strikes fear into your soul, then this session is for you. Learn how Susquehanna Township School District employed a data integration and management solution to work toward achieving their critical student initiatives.

Audience: Chief technology officers/superintendents/school board members, Curriculum/district specialists, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Focus: Technology infrastructure
Topic: Data systems
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Administrators:
Visionary Leadership
  • Engage in an ongoing process to develop, implement and communicate technology-infused strategic plans aligned with a shared vision.
For Education Leaders:
Systems Designer
  • Lead teams to collaboratively establish robust infrastructure and systems needed to implement the strategic plan.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Upon adopting a Performance Excellence Framework four years ago, Susquehanna Township School District developed a series of goals to improve student outcomes and increase opportunities for postsecondary enrollment. Two of these goals are aimed at every child reading on grade level by the end of third grade and 95% of seniors receiving their first choice for post-secondary planning. In order for the district’s Superintendent, Dr. Tamara Willis, to track and report on the progress toward goals, they needed access to comprehensive, timely, actionable data from the across the organization. Dr. Willis sought the help of the district’s Primary School Lead Administrator, Mr. Andrae Martin. Martin and the district’s data team had just finished transferring to a new SIS, and they were nervous to take on another data transfer. The team quickly learned that with the right tools and support, data management can be a seamless and efficient process.

Susquehanna Township School District chose to work with BrightBytes, specifically the Clarity and DataSense platforms. DataSense, a data integration and management platform, made centralizing and unifying the district’s data seamless. Their student data was then able to move bi-directionally to the Clarity platform, a data analytics engine, and populate the Student Success module, which allowed educators at Susquehanna to employ predictive analytics to more accurately identify students that need additional support and monitor their progress.

Attendees should expect to leave this session with a new perspective—a task that may sound straightforward to an administrative may mean months of work to the data team. Establishing clear, effective communication and up-to-date timelines in your district can allow for teams to collaborate effectively and work towards goals together. Additionally, attendees will learn the benefit of using data to enable more purposeful decision making and the value of having centralized, standardized, and complete data throughout a district.

Outline

Overview - Where they were (5 minutes)
Goals (10 Minutes)
● Elements of the Performance Excellence Framework
● What Susquehanna leadership is expecting to see from this approach
Starting Out (15 minutes)
● How Susquehanna’s Data team evaluated their options for data management solutions
● What did integration look like?
Evaluating Data (20 minutes)
● What were the surprises, what did they expect?
● How are they using this data to move forward?
● How have the goals evolved?
Q + A (10 Minutes)

Supporting research

Developed by the United States Department of Commerce through the National Institute of Strategies and Technology (NIST), the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program helps organizations focus on strategy-driven performance, achieve customer and workforce engagement, and improve competitiveness and long-term organizational sustainability. It offers a comprehensive management approach that focuses on results in all areas of an organization. The Education Criteria can be used as a self-assessment tool by a school and, better yet, the entire school system to improve performance in all key areas. Those include leadership and governance systems; strategic planning and development; approaches to engaging and supporting students, stakeholders, and employees; knowledge and data management as well as performance measurement; and operations.

Research by American Institutes of Research around key indicators that predict student postsecondary success

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Presenters

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Andrae Martin, Susquehanna Township School District
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Dr. Tamara Willis, Susquehanna Township School District

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