Over 150 data champions, school and district leaders, and partners in education from across the country convened in Oakland last month for Schoolzilla’s inaugural Data Champion Summit.
Attendees shared best practices, learned new skills, and expanded their networks of data-driven educators, making the event a resounding success.
(Stay tuned for more details on how you can get access to valuable Data Champion Summit resources.)
Early in the Summit planning process, we asked Schoolzilla community members which session topics would optimize their Summit experiences. The resulting menu of options included sessions like how to build a data-driven culture, Tableau skill-building, and custom SQL- a range that benefitted attendees of varied roles, skills, and interests. Several data champions from Schoolzilla partner organizations shared their invaluable on-the-ground experiences by serving as co-facilitators in some sessions, alongside Schoolzilla data and visualization experts.
Seeing dedicated people from some of the most successful, innovative education organizations in the country connect, learn from one another, and build relationships was truly inspiring. Attendees shared their data wins with one another, collaborated on their challenges, and even came together for a report-building hackathon. One Summit-goer commented, “I’ve been to many conferences in the past, but this was the most beneficial in terms of making contacts and learning about others’ best practices. It was really powerful to know that other folks have similar experiences and challenges.”
The Data Champion Summit was a clear reminder of how much value each of our partners brings to the Schoolzilla community. The skills, experiences, and passion attendees brought are what made this event a success. Thank you to everyone who came out.
To those who couldn’t make it: Rest assured we’re already cooking up ideas for a possible 2016 Data Champion Summit, and we hope to see you there