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From Inputs to Outputs: The Power of Data and Technology to Close the Achievement Gap

From Inputs to Outputs: The Power of Data and Technology to Close the Achievement Gap

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - 9:30am - 3:00pm
Microsoft Corporation, Mountain View, CA 94043






The Power of Data and Technology to Close the Achievement Gap


Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Microsoft Corporation, Building 1, Galileo Theater
1065 La Avenida Street, Mountain View, California


On October 19, 2010, over 250 influential educators, policymakers, community, and business leaders from around California gathered in the heart of Silicon Valley to learn more about the innovative work of California's school districts, charter management organizations and education non-profits in using the power of data and technology to close the achievement gap.

Click on the session titles to access the presentations.


General Sessions:

The Power of Data and Technology to Close the Achievement Gap
Arun Ramanathan, Executive Director, The Education Trust—West

Learning from Other States: The Texas Student Data System
Lori Fey, Policy Initiatives, Michael and Susan Dell Foundation

Where Do We Go From Here?
Moderator: Ted Lempert, President, Children Now
Panelists: Senator Joseph Simitian (D-Palo Alto)
                Marc Johnson, Superintendent, Sanger Unified
                Tim Lopez, Principal, Sanger Unified


Concurrent Session Presentations:

How Are They Doing Right Now?: Using Real-Time and On-Demand Data to Close Information and Achievement Gaps
Dr. George Araya, Director of Educational Technology, Desert Sands Unified School District

Critical To Success: Building the Links Between Student Performance and Strategic Talent Management
Kim Mecum, Associate Superintendent, Human Resources/Labor Relations, Fresno Unified School District
Michael Zachry, District Software Development Supervisor, Fresno Unified School District

ZOOM!ing in on Student Data: Bringing Data Management Tools to Improve Student Achievement to California’s Independent Charter Schools
Sabrina Skinner Lehmann, Director – ZOOM! Data Source, California Charter Schools Association
David Castillo, Principal, Unity High School, Oakland, CA

The Information They Need: TFA’s Online System for Assessing, Tracking, and Improving Teacher Performance
Meredith Bliss, Senior Managing Director of Program, Teach For America
John Hsu, Vice President of Strategy and Innovation, Teach For America 

It’s Not Just the System: Building a Long-Term Culture of Data-Driven Decision-Making
Kathy Piscopo, IS Technology & Research Evaluation Studies, Long Beach Unified School District
Connie Magee, Principal, Washington Middle School, Long Beach Unified School District
Robin Samana, Director - Elementary Schools, Long Beach Unified School District
Kevin Maddox, Principal, Willard Elementary School, Long Beach Unified School District

Tools for Data Driven-Decision Making throughout the K-16 Pipeline
Brad Phillips, Executive Director, Cal-PASS

Arming Teachers with Data and Analysis to Guide Instruction
John Ericson, Director of Data Analysis and Assessment, Aspire Public Schools
Lorea Martinez, Senior Data and Assessment Analyst, Aspire Public Schools
Erik Brown, Project Manager, Teaching and Learning Solutions, Aspire Public Schools
Lynzi Ziegenhagen, Director of Technology Solutions, Aspire Public Schools

Using a District-wide Early Warning System to Change Student Outcomes
Dr. Bill Erlendson, Assistant Superintendent, Educational Accountability and Community Development, San Jose Unified School District
Marcy Lauck, Continuous Improvement Programs, San Jose Unified School District



About the Information Alliance for Education

The event was hosted by Information Alliance affiliates – Children Now, Education Trust – West, Silver Giving Foundation, and Silicon Valley Education Foundation – as part of our collaborative work to ensure that Californians have the information they need to make the best decisions about education and workforce development.







The Information They Need TFAs Online System for Assessing, Tracking and Improving Teacher Performance.pdf1.19 MB
Aspire Arming Teachers with Data and Analysis to Guide Instruction.pdf1.07 MB
CALPASS.pdf246.1 KB
Fresno Unified.pdf808.34 KB
Long Beach Presentation.pdf252.96 KB
San Jose Unified Early Warning System.pdf2.12 MB
Texas Student Data System.pdf3.55 MB
Desert Sands Unified.pdf2.2 MB