Act With Confidence: Use Your Data to Prepare for the Future
Moderated by Kevin Hogan, eSchool News, Editor-at-Large
The end of the school year has historically been a busy, yet exciting time. Students are receiving their graduation gowns, teachers are facilitating final exams, and administrators are planning for summer programs and teeing up initiatives for the next school year. This year, the coronavirus outbreak has undoubtedly impacted the way the school year will end for most schools and districts.
As many educators close out the school year with remote instruction, teachers and administrators are faced with new questions:
• Is online instruction impacting student learning?
• Do I have the resources I need for the next school year?
• What tools and support can I provide to teachers to help them monitor student progress?
• How will I know if my new initiatives and programs are successful?
Join us on May 12, 2020 to learn how your data from various education systems (e.g., SIS, devices) can inform your short- and long-term strategic plans and answer many of these questions.
Speaker Chris Graves, Senior Manager of the Data and Analytics Management Team at Shelby County Schools (Memphis, Tennessee), will share how their district uses data analytics to drive decision-making and how they are planning for the upcoming school year.
After the 1-hour session, you will walk away with the following:
• Ways your education data can inform your school and district strategic plans
• Strategies for facilitating data-driven decision-making
• Examples of ways the BrightBytes platform can fuel your work
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Meet Your Speakers
Senior Manager, Decision Analytics and Information Manager
Shelby County Schools
Chris is responsible for the vision, strategic plan, and execution of data management and analytic capabilities in Shelby County Schools. Shelby County Schools, in Memphis, TN, is one of the largest school districts in the country with approximately 110,000 students across 200 schools. A graduate from the district he now supports, Chris’ work focuses on achieving Destination 2025 by providing educators across Shelby the capability to easily connect the right students to the right supports at the right time. Chris earned a BA in Business from the University of Southern Mississippi, a MBA from Saint Louis University and a current member of the 2018-2020 Broad Residency.
Dr. Kristal Ayres
Chief Business Development Officer
Dr. Kristal Ayres has over 30 years of educational experience within teaching and administration in K-12 districts, at the university level and nationally. She obtained her doctorate in Educational Administration with a concentration on Teacher Learning in order to more effectively support educators. Dr. Ayres is the Chief Business Development Officer for BrightBytes, a data and analytics platform for K12. Additionally, she is a keynote speaker at numerous conferences across the nation as an expert in the areas of leadership development, dropout prevention, early warning, student engagement, and data analysis. She is passionate about improving student outcomes through the use of transformative technologies and innovative approaches.