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Strategic Data Project Selects BCPS to Partner for Fellowship Program

Monday, September 22, 2014
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is one of 24 partners from around the country selected to host the sixth cohort of the Strategic Data Project (SDP), based at the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University. In addition, Dr. Russell Clement, research specialist with BCPS Student Assessment and Research Department, has been named to the 45-member SDP Fellowship – the largest fellowship cohort. The SDP Fellowship is a comprehensive two-year professional development program that develops talented data strategists in school systems, state education departments and nonprofit organizations.
The SDP network includes 191 fellows and fellow alumni, 75 education organizations, and leading researchers from Harvard University and across the United States. By participating in the fellowship, both fellows and their host agencies will grow advanced analytic capacity, develop clear priorities and plans for data and data systems, build organizational willingness to use data to inform decision-making, and uncover valuable insight about performance. Together with SDP, these leaders are building a growing, national network focused on improving student outcomes in America’s public schools.
“At this critical time of transition with new standards, assessments and accountability systems, Broward is delighted to partner and collaborate with the best minds across the country leading these efforts within the SDP Fellowship,” said Dr. Nathan Balasubramanian, executive director of Strategy and Continuous Improvement at BCPS. “There couldn’t be a better time to show how data is transformed into actionable information to improve student outcomes with purposeful instructional insights and actions to help every parent achieve the best dreams for their children.”
“State and local governments invest more than $1.6 billion per year in student assessments and other data. Yet those data are currently underutilized in every school district and state agency in America,” said Thomas Kane, faculty director of the Center for Education Policy Research and Walter H. Gale Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. “With this program, we’re providing system leaders with the analytic talent they need to use their own data to learn what’s working and what’s not.”
The Strategic Data Project, which partners with school districts and other education agencies, networks and organizations, is supported in part by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. For more information about the Strategic Data Project, visit: http://cepr.harvard.edu/sdp.
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