Registration for the 2016 Best Practices Conference is now open! The 2016 SLDS Best Practices conference will be held February 3-4, 2016, at the Westin Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia. The conference week also includes a pre-conference workshop for FY15 SLDS Grantees on February 2 and two post-conference Workshops (by invitation only) on February 4-5 - one for Early Childhood and one for the Workforce Data Quality Initiative. The registration deadline for all Best Practices Conference week events is January 5, 2016. Participants who register for the conference will be added as members of the GRADS360 Community of Practice for access to additional conference materials as they become available. View more information.
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.