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Format: PodcastsShine On, Data-Quality Influencers: A Date with Data in Idaho
Release Date: August 25, 2022
Guests: Alisa Fewkes, Part B Data Manager and Debi Smith, Special Populations Coordinator, Idaho Department of Education
When it comes to high-quality data, there are some questions we all ask ourselves. What does it mean to be a data-quality influencer? Am I a data-quality influencer? And, if not, what must I do to become one? To unearth the answers, our latest episode of A Date with Data visits the Gem State, where host Amy Bitterman discusses this multi-faceted issue with the Idaho Department of Education’s Alisa Fewkes and Debi Smith. They talk about polishing up a school’s and district’s ability to read and analyze data through drill-down trainings that the department offers around the state.
Format: PodcastsInfluencing the Quality of IDEA Data, from Data Collection to Communication and Use
Release Date: August 11, 2022
Guests: Brandon Myers, Data Specialist, Indiana Department of Education
On the newest episode of A Date with Data, we “Wander Indiana” as Host Amy Bitterman sits down with Brandon Myers, Part B Data Manager with the Indiana Department of Education. Listen in as they discuss Brandon’s work as a data-quality influencer: collecting, organizing, monitoring, and communicating information about data. Brandon also shares how he ensures that schools and stakeholders understand how the data they are required to report get used. Join us in the Hoosier state, won’t you?
Format: PodcastsOn Stage in Nashville, Tennessee: A Date with Data at ii22
Release Date: July 28, 2022
Guests: Amy Patterson, IDEA Part B Data Manager with the Kentucky Department of Education and Richelle Davis, Education Program Specialist with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs
In this episode of A Date with Data, we’re on stage at the 2022 IDC Interactive Institute in Music City, USA. Join us as host Amy Bitterman performs a duet with Amy Patterson, IDEA Part B Data Manager with the Kentucky Department of Education, to learn more about her role as a data-quality influencer. Up next, Amy two-steps with Richelle Davis from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs for her perspective on the importance of states and districts understanding the “why” behind collecting high-quality data—including how the data drive policy and decisionmaking.
Format: PodcastsCreating and Sustaining an Effective Partnership Between Delaware’s State Education Agency and the Parent Information Center
Release Date: July 7, 2022
Guests: Mary Ann Mieczkowski, former Director of Exceptional Children Resources, and Barbara Mazza, Education Associate for Exceptional Children Resources, with the Delaware Department of Education and Meedra Surratte, Executive Director of the Parent Information Center of Delaware
It's the age-old question: What’s the secret to a long-lasting, meaningful relationship? For Episode 5 of A Date with Data, we travel to the first state to find out. For 20 years, the Delaware Department of Education has partnered with the state’s Parent Information Center to better facilitate family engagement.
Format: PodcastsBuilding a Culture of High-Quality IDEA Data in Wisconsin
Release Date: June 23, 2022
Guests: Seth Bishop, Data Analysis/Grant Evaluation Consultant, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
Wisconsin is striving to embed IDEA data culture throughout the state’s Department of Public Instruction. Learn how Wisconsin is working to achieve a strong, shared data culture through initiatives such as collaborating with Title I and Every Student Succeeds Act staff to create joint federal notification reports and creating dashboards for districts to drill down into their data.
Format: PodcastsImplications of Changes to the SPP/APR and Stakeholder Engagement Requirements in Oklahoma
Release Date: June 9, 2022
Guests: Ginger Elliott-Teague, Director of Data Analysis, Oklahoma State Department of Education
Amy chats with Ginger about building the capacity of districts and other stakeholders in Oklahoma to understand the changes to the SPP/APR and stakeholder engagement requirements. Ginger shares key strategies for engaging stakeholders in target setting.
Format: Quick ReferenceChecklist to Identify and Address SSIP Data Quality Issues
In State Performance Report/Annual Performance Plan (SPP/APR) reports, states are required to identify data quality issues that may have arisen during their Indicator 17 State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP) work. Using this checklist can help state staff who are responsible for the SSIP apply the principles of high-quality data to identify any data quality issues that the state should report. The checklist includes questions that states can ask themselves to recognize data quality issues that may exist. It provides potential consequences of the issues and offers suggested actions that states can take to address the issues.