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Registration for the 2017 Best Practices Conference is now open!

The 2017 SLDS Best Practices conference will be held February 13-15, 2017, at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel in Arlington, VA. The conference week includes pre-conference sessions on February 13, 2017 (including invitation-only Early Childhood and WDQI sessions).

The annual SLDS Best Practices Conference brings together SLDS teams from across the country to share challenges and successes related to their work on education data systems. Facilitated by the SLDS State Support Team, the conference offers participants the opportunity to learn about current issues in data system implementation and use, meet SLDS project leaders from other states, and showcase their own data systems and products.

For the past several years, the conference has also included representatives from states with Workforce Data Quality Initiative (WDQI) grants, and states building early childhood integrated data systems (ECIDSs). By collaborating on cross-sector planning activities and discussions, conference participants build relationships that can lead to closer coordination among data system efforts in their states.

Optional SLDS Best Practices Pre-Conference Sessions (February 13, 2017)

To promote cross-state collaboration on topics of common interest, there will be several optional pre-conference sessions on Monday, February 13 (open to states and territories regardless of grant status).

  • Participants may register for one morning session and/or one afternoon session.
  • Sessions will be interactive discussions shaped by participant input.
  • The State Support Team may invite relevant representatives from US Department of Education, IES, and US Department of Labor to share their perspectives for a portion of the sessions.
  • There will also be an early childhood workshop and a WDQI workshop, which are both invite-only.
  • SST members will be available for informal office hours throughout the day.

Monday Morning Sessions

  • WDQI. Invitation-only from WDQI.
  • Early Childhood: Moving from developing to using analytics within an ECIDS, part 1 (invite only). This workshop will focus on how states develop analytic capabilities within their ECIDS. Experts on data analytics from across the nation will provide content for a deep conversation. States will work together on common analytic needs, share examples, and provide feedback on current state analytics. States will walk away with concrete examples of analytics and considerations to support state decisions.
  • College and Career. Topics to be addressed include: preparing for change in administration/leadership; changing the culture for use of data; engaging stakeholders to expand data use; exploring employment outcome indicators; strategies for communication planning and raising awareness of the data system’s new capabilities.
  • Evaluation and Research. Topics to be addressed include: research agenda questions and topic areas; research methodologies for answering questions; outreach and awareness of the increased capacity to conduct research.
  • Instructional Support. Topics to be addressed include: approaches for educator stakeholder engagement and communications; educator dashboards and data use curricula; strategies for incorporating local data into SLDS infrastructure and resulting data products.

Monday Afternoon Sessions

  • WDQI. Invitation-only from WDQI.
  • Early Childhood: Moving from developing to using analytics within an ECIDS, part 2 (invite only). This workshop will focus on how states develop analytic capabilities within their ECIDS. Experts on data analytics from across the nation will provide content for a deep conversation. States will work together on common analytic needs, share examples, and provide feedback on current state analytics. States will walk away with concrete examples of analytics and considerations to support state decisions.
  • Dynamic reporting tools. Topics to be addressed include: the costs, benefits, and drawbacks of various dynamic reporting tools; how states are using them; and the resources necessary to support them.
  • Privacy, audits, and data security. Topics to be addressed include: stakeholder engagement approaches to develop and refine data sharing agreements; navigating state and federal privacy laws; monitoring and enforcing data sharing agreements with external researchers.
  • Common Education Data Standards (CEDS). Topics to be addressed include: streamlining data within and across P-20W; using tools to help education stakeholder understand and use data; using CEDS to facilitate research.

SLDS Best Practices Conference – Draft Agenda - February 14-15, 2017

The SLDS Best Practices Conference will be two full days on February 14-15, 2017. Below is a high-level draft agenda for your reference.

Day 1 (Tuesday, February 14, 2017)

9:00 AM – Welcome
9:30-10:15 AM – Federal Plenary Panel
10:25-11:25 AM – State Presentations
11:35 AM-12:00 PM – Federal Plenary
12:00-1:30 PM – Lunch (on your own)
1:30-2:30 PM – Kiosks
2:45-5:00 PM – SST-led Workshops

Day 2 (Wednesday, February 15, 2017)

8:30-9:30 AM – Welcome and Federal Plenary Panel
9:40-10:50 AM – Round Table Discussions
11:00 AM-12:00 PM – State Presentations
12:00-1:30 PM – Lunch (on your own)
1:30-2:30 PM – Kiosks
2:40-3:40 PM – State Presentations
3:50-4:30 PM – Closing Federal Plenary

The registration deadline for all Best Practices Conference week events is January 10, 2017. Participants who register for the conference will be added as members of the GRADS360 Community of Practice for access to additional materials, as they become available.