See Forever Foundation/Maya Angelou PCS
For the past 10 years, Adriana Rodriguez has supported her organization's youth work in a variety of roles. In her current role as Director of Data, Analysis, and Evaluation, she is responsible for building the infrastructure for data collection, analysis, and evaluation in support of achieving the organization's goals. Before this, she spent six years supporting the charter campuses with their college and career readiness programs, as well as guiding services for graduates. Her other endeavors include working for five years at Raising Hispanic Academic Achievement, Inc., a nonprofit in Montgomery County, MD, and serving as a volunteer and board member for Hispanics Against Child Abuse and Neglect, a nonprofit organization serving Northern Virginia. She holds a bachelor's degree from American University.
Structured Solutions, LLC
Structured Solutions, LLC, brings extensive first-hand experience with students, families, and school administration in Baltimore City Public Schools and related nonprofit organizations. In addition to her experience as a teacher and community school coordinator, Amanda Klein has spent many years building data collection and tracking systems, writing and reviewing grant reports and proposals, and building structures into previously undefined roles. Through her academic pursuits, Amanda has conducted original quantitative and qualitative research on a variety of issues related to students, teachers, and schools. She holds two degrees from Johns Hopkins University and is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education in K-12 Leadership and Policy from Vanderbilt University.
Ingenuity Prep PCS
Amanda Lumnah is the Operations Leadership Fellow at Ingenuity Prep Public Charter School.
National Association of State Boards of Education
Amelia Vance is Director of Education Data and Technology at the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE). She focuses on education data privacy, writing NASBE reports, working with other education and privacy organizations, and supporting state boards of education seeking to create or implement stronger state privacy policies. She previously served as NASBE's policy analyst, collaborating to produce analysis and materials relevant to education policy reforms, particularly state implementation of the Common Core State Standards. Amelia is a member of the Virginia State Bar. She served as a legal fellow at the Family Equality Council and the Institute of Museum and Library Services; interned at the White House, the State Department, and the House of Representatives; and worked on the 2008 Obama campaign. She is a graduate of William & Mary Law School and McDaniel College. She can be followed on Twitter at @ameliaivance.
Truesdell Education Campus
Andrea Suh is an early childhood educator with DCPS and a Leading Educators Fellow. She is passionate about early childhood education, particularly providing a comprehensive learning experience that instills a love for learning and community. Andrea is also passionate about teacher leadership because it aims to maximize capacity, opportunity, and growth for fellow colleagues. She is confident that working in the DC community with students, families, and educators will help close the existing gaps for students and reach them in effective and meaningful ways.
Araceli Jacobs is the Manager of Policy for DCPS. She holds a J.D. from the American University Washington College of Law.
Ben Robinson is a Data Analyst in the Division of Data, Accountability, and Research at OSSE. He works on postsecondary and college readiness data projects, as well as the data side of LearnDC.org, OSSE's public reporting website. Ben is the author and maintainer of the LearnDC R Package. He holds a Master's of Public Policy degree from the University of Southern California Sol Price School of Public Policy.
Data Quality Campaign
Bernice Butler joined the Data Quality Campaign (DQC) in 2015 to aid in the alignment of local, state, and federal recommendations, which provide district- level leaders with the information they need to support students and families in every community. As a Senior Associate on DQC's Policy and Advocacy Team, she analyzes emerging policies and practices, convenes national thought leaders, and works with partner organizations to aid local and district leaders in using evidence to improve student outcomes. Prior to joining DQC, Bernice was the Program Director of the Memphis Talent Dividend and Graduate Memphis. In this role, she served as the lead convener for the collaborative action network on postsecondary access with Seeding Success (the local StriveTogether network). In 2012, Bernice was selected as a White House Strong Cities, Strong Communities Fellow. In this capacity, she worked with the mayor of Memphis on developing a performance management platform and analyzing local and state policy.Bernice has served on the Georgia Supreme Court Committee on Justice for Children and Georgia's Children and Youth Coordinating Council.
Two Rivers PCS
Chelsie Jones is an instructional guide at Two Rivers Public Charter School. For 11 years, she has worked to provide rich learning experiences for students and teachers as a lead classroom teacher, program evaluator, and reading coach. She has led workshops on developing and utilizing learning targets, the reader's workshop models, flexible group instruction, critique protocols, structures to deepen student thinking, and inquiry-based instruction. In addition, she has presented her work at the Annual DC Data Summit, the Expeditionary Learning Site Seminar at Two Rivers Public Charter School, and the Expeditionary Learning National Conference.
Danyelle Ireland earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Psychology fromHoward University and a Bachelor of Arts in African American Studies and FamilyStudies from the University of Maryland, College Park. In 2014, Danyelle joined OSSE as a program analyst on the Special Education Data Team. She currently provides training and technical assistance to LEAs and nonpublic schools on various data systems, collections, and processes including student enrollment, attendance data, and preschool special education outcomes.Prior to her work at OSSE, Danyelle served as a Program Coordinator, Compliance Officer, and African American history teacher at Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools for Public Policy. While at Chavez, Danyelle developed and implemented tools to facilitate the collection, analysis, and reporting of school and student information across the network of schools. She also provided leadership, staff training, and programmatic support on the use of data to inform effective school policy and practice related to student attendance, discipline, academic performance, homeless education, and student support services.Danyelle has participated in Harvard University's Strategic Data Project Institute for Leadership in Analytics and presented her research on the academic achievement motivation of African American students at many conferences and professional meetings. Through her work with student data at the LEA and state level, and as a researcher in education and psychology, Danyelle has expertise in the use of Microsoft Excel as a critical data management and analysis tool in the field of education. She looks forward to sharing practical knowledge and key strategies to support educators in their work with Excel.
Bruce Monroe Elementary School
David Hicks is the Director of School Strategy and Logistics at Bruce Monroe Elementary School.
Brightwood Education Campus
Emily Allshouse is the Director of School Strategy and Logistics at the Brightwood Education Campus.
Friendship PCS (Leading Educators)
Fatima Coy enters her seventh year teaching kindergarten at Friendship Public Charter School (FPCS). While Fatima graduated from Elizabeth City State University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, when she substituted in a charter school in DC for a year, she fell in love with the teaching profession. In 2011, Fatima went back to school and earned a Master of Science in Reading and Literacy in order to learn fundamental skills to support her students in their growth. Since that time, Fatima has been committed to becoming a leader in her building by coaching other teachers in their career goals.
Garrison Elementary Staff
Garrison Elementary is a public elementary school in the Shaw/Logan Circle neighborhood. We are a small, community-based school that offers its students a personalized learning environment. Our mission is to create a nurturing environment that supports student academic and social learning. Through work and play, students learn to work together and discover their capabilities to meet high expectations.
DC Scholars PCS
Heather L. DeBruler graduated from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA, with a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Elementary Education. During her eight years in the education field, she has spent most of her time as an early childhood education teacher. Heather is currently in her second year as a Fellow with Leading Educators, as well as a member of the Flamboyan Technology and Family Engagement Fellowship.
Breakthrough Montessori PCS
Jacqueline Cossentino is the Director of Research at the National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector, which is one of the founders of the Breakthrough Montessori Public Charter School (BMPCS). She is the principal developer of the Developmental Environmental Rating Scale (DERS), a classroom observational rubric designed to measure classroom qualities that predict performance of measures of executive function. In addition to supporting the launch of BMPCS, her research focuses on teacher quality and its measurement. Her work on the topic appears in the American Journal of Education, the Journal of Teacher Education, and Curriculum Inquiry.
The Next Step PCS
Jennifer Glenski is a Data Analyst at The Next Step Public Charter School in Washington, DC. She analyzes data and creates reports to inform school decisions and best serve students. Prior to her current position, she was an Education Pioneers Analyst Fellow and a Business Intelligence Analyst.
Jessica Morris, Regional Director of Program at DC Scholars, has been a leader of data-driven decision making in DC for the past four years. As Manager of Instructional Data at DCPS, Jessica supported dozens of school leaders with the process of embedding performance management systems into their leadership teams and data cycles into their teacher team meetings. She also helped school leaders navigate the transition to the Common Core and PARCC through her management of the Academic Leadership Team training program for the Office of Teaching and Learning. Jessica offers a unique perspective on data analysis and program management through her skills with data, her experience in teaching, and her training in Program Evaluation at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy. She has presented to school leaders and data leaders at many principal meetings, the 2014 and 2015 DC Data Summits, the 2014 Fight For Children Workshop, and the 2015 Fall ANET all network meeting. Since June 2015, Jessica has supported schools as the Regional Program Director for Scholar Academies, a Turnaround Charter School Network in southeast DC, Trenton, Philadelphia, and Memphis.
Jessica Tzuker currently serves as a Director of School Support for the Achievement Network in D.C. Jessica spent 14 years at Hyde-Adison Elementary school in DCPS – as a teacher, instructional coach and Assistant Principal. Jessica holds a B.A. in educational studies from Emory University and a master’s in education from American University.
Josh Boots is the Founder and Executive Director of EmpowerK12, a DC nonprofit supporting the implementation of data best practices across multiple education agencies in the District since 2013. Prior to starting EmpowerK12, Josh served in a variety of education roles in DC over the last 14 years, including teaching 7th grade math in a DC public school, leading the KIPP DC data team as its first Data Director, and contributing as a member of OSSE’s Assessment and Accountability team.Josh is recognized as a leader in DC assessment and data analytics. He has served on multiple school accountability system task forces and leads the EdFuel Data Professional Learning Community. He consults for multiple charter LEAs on their integrated data systems and for FOCUS on analytical projects. School leaders and teachers use dashboards Josh creates to analyze student academic, behavior, attendance, and assessment trends. Josh has also consulted with MySchoolDC, the District's common lottery system, on the creation of its first demand reports and data business rules.
Two Rivers PCS
Katie Mancino graduated from Notre Dame with a major in Political Science and Education, Schooling, and Society. After graduation she moved to DC, where she earned her M.A.T from American University while teaching 4th grade in DCPS. In addition to her experience in the classroom, Katie spent a few years working in nonprofit fundraising at the Brookings Institution and in museum education at the Museum of Natural History. Katie returned to the classroom two years ago and currently teaches 5th grade at Two Rivers Public Charter School in Northeast DC.
Katie Clark has been working as an early childhood educator in DC for the past nine years. She received her Bachelor’s in Political Science with a strong emphasis in education from Dickinson College. Katie began working in the District and pursued her Master’s in Early Childhood Special Education. During her tenure, Katie has worked in both general and special education classrooms and continues to develop as an educator. She strives to inspire a love of learning in children at an early age which will follow them throughout their education experiences.
For seven years, Katie Newmark taught 7th grade math at Chavez Prep and DC Prep charter schools. Since August, she has been working as a Data Specialist at KIPP DC, focused on early childhood and elementary schools.
Anacostia High School
Kevin Cantfil is the Director of School Strategy and Logistics at Anacostia High School.
Kimberly Howard joined KIPP DC as a data specialist in 2014, transitioning from economic research at the Brookings Institution. At KIPP DC, she has primarily served the five middle schools, focusing on assessment and discipline data.
Larry Jerome is currently the Data Architect at KIPP DC. He is responsible for maintaining the data warehouse that integrates data from the schools's student information system, assessment platform, behavior management systems, assessment files, and all other data sources. He also works with the rest of the data team and other school staff to make sure that student information is in the format needed to conduct timely and relevant analyses. His favorite thing about working with data is discovering the unexpected and solving difficult problems.
Leah Diggs-Gnatiko received her Bachelor’s in Art History and Archaeology fromthe University of Maryland, College Park in 2002 and her paralegal certificate from Anne Arundel Community College in 2003. In 2012, she began working at OSSE as a Paralegal Specialist with the Blackman/Jones team within the Division of Quality, Assurance, and Monitoring. While on the Blackman/Jones team, Leah provided support to families eligible for compensatory education awards. She transitioned to the Division of Data, Accountability, and Research in 2015, where she works on teacher data collections, trains LEAs on data systems and data collections, and serves as a business analyst on QuickBase applications.Throughout her career, Leah has worked in the public and private sectors, beginning with a nonprofit trade association, then as a private equity paralegal working on multimillion-dollar mergers and acquisitions, and a litigation paralegal in the Office of the General Counsel at DC Water.Leah taught Introduction to Paralegal Studies at Anne Arundel Community College and has been a panelist on Anne Arundel Community College’s Paralegal Forum for several years. In 2008, she was the President of the National Capital Area Paralegal Association and sat on several committees, including chairing the Annual Conference committee. She oversaw all aspects of the annual conference from marketing, advertising, and locating meeting space to preparing a budget for approval by the Board of Directors.
Turner Elementary School
LiaFaith Reed is the Director of School Strategy and Logistics at Turner Elementary School.
Lysa Scott currently serves as a Director of School Support for the Achievement Network in D.C. Lysa began her work in education as an English and Social Studies teacher for five years in Orlando and Chicago. In 2012 she was accepted into the Aspiring Principal Program with New Leaders for New Schools. Through the NLNS program, she became the Resident Principal at McKinley Technology High School and the following year was named Associate Principal of the new McKinley Middle School. Lysa earned her undergraduate degree and law degree at Florida A&M University. Prior to entering the education field, Lysa served as a Guardian Ad Litem, advocating for children in the Florida court system.
Maia Blankenship is the Executive Director for Achievement Network. Achievement Network (ANet) is a nonprofit dedicated to the premise that every child deserves an excellent education and the opportunities it provides. How do we work toward this vision? Through an integrated system of tools and training, ANet helps schools and districts boost student learning with great teaching that is grounded in learning standards, informed by data, and built on the successful practices ofeducators around the country.We will partner with Garrison Elementary School and the Academic Leadership Team to present this session.
Mark Hardee is the Manager of Data Validation and Reporting for DCPS. He holds an M.S. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University.
Maureen Matthews Wentworth serves as Program Director of Education Data and Education Systems at the Council of Chief State School Officers. She is a dynamic and innovative leader with over 10 years of experience in program design and development, strategic planning, and coalition building. Her areas of expertise include education policy, student data privacy, data interoperability, educational technology, open educational resources, and organizational leadership.
Dr. Smith, principal consultant with DataSmith Solutions, LLC, helps state, regional, and national education organizations improve the development and use of statewide longitudinal data systems. She conducts needs assessment surveys and focus groups concerning data capacity, data system management processes and procedures, and communication activities. She has also drafted data governance program manuals and professional development materials on data systems, governance, and use. For REL Mid‐Atlantic, she facilitated the Data Governance Workshop series and serves as the content expert for the Longitudinal Data Use Research Alliance (LDURA). As content expert for LDURA, Dr. Smith uses her extensive knowledge of and experience with longitudinal data systems to work with stakeholders to maximize the use of data, with the ultimate goal of improving student achievement.
Two Rivers PCS
Nicole Wood is a currently a Math Inclusion Specialist at Two Rivers Middle School in Washington, DC. She has been teaching in the District of Columbia for the past 16 years, the last 5 years at Two Rivers. Nicole is a staunch advocate of helping all students to learn and love mathematics. As an Inclusion Specialist, her primary goal is to ensure that all students can learn by developing their basic skills and knowledge, creating access to challenging tasks, and equipping them to be metacognitive about math.
See Forever Foundation/Maya Angelou PCS
Nora Shetty serves as Evaluation Specialist for the See Forever Foundation and the Maya Angelou Public Charter Schools. She works across school programs to develop systems of analysis for measuring programmatic impacts and to collect data for internal and external reporting. Prior to this position, Nora supported the Maya Angelou Public Charter High School and Young Adult Learning Center as the School Data Manager. Nora has more than 10 years of research and evaluation experience garnered in diverse fields including museums, continuing professional education, international development, and humanitarian emergency programming. She holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Pittsburgh, a Certificate in Assessment and Evaluation from the University of Maryland, and a Master's in Education from George Washington University.
Rebecca Sklepovich currently serves as a Director of School Support for the Achievement Network in DC. Rebecca began her career as a middle school Social Studies teacher in New York City, and went on to become a Program Director (instructional coach) at Teach For America. She has consulted for charter schools and non-profits in the U.S. and India on talent and curriculum, and was a teacher leader at a school for children whose lives have been affected by HIV in Arusha, Tanzania. Rebecca studied international affairs and political science at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA, and earned a Master's in social studies education from Pace University in New York City.
Rob Murphy is the Executive Director of Teaching and Learning for Chavez Schools. He supervises instructional coaches and curriculum managers and oversees professional learning throughout the Chavez network. Rob has worked in education for the last 20 years as a teacher, instructional coach, school leader, and university professor. Before joining Chavez, Rob worked as a literacy coach and ELL teacher in Alexandria City Public Schools in Virginia. Before that Rob worked internationally, teaching English in Nepal, Turkey, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands.He received a Bachelor's in Secondary Education from the University of Scranton, a Master's in Linguistics from Georgetown University, and a Master's in School Leadership and Supervision from George Mason University. He is a certified reading specialist.
Fallsmead ES Montgomery County, MD
Roni S. Silverstein has been an educator for over 40 years and is currently the principal of Fallsmead Elementary School in Montgomery County, MD. Before coming to Fallsmead, she was a special education teacher, a special education coordinator, principal of Clopper Mill Elementary School in Montgomery County, and Director of Elementary Leadership for Montgomery County Public Schools, where she trained assistant principals and principal interns. In that role, she developed the spiraling curricula for assistant principals that include race and equity, professional growth systems and evaluations, and the Baldrige processes. She is a co-author of the book “Innovative Voices in Education, Engaging Diverse Communities.”
Center City PCS
Shavonne Gibson is currently the Managing Director of Schools for Center City Public Charter Schools (PCS). In this role, she manages three of six Center City campuses. Previously, she served as principal of the Center City PCS-Brightwood Campus for four years. As principal, Shavonne provided instructional and operational leadership to the campus of 250 students. Her instructional and cultural focus led Center City-Brightwood to Tier I status for the past three years. Additionally, under her tenure, student achievement at this campus rose 38% in mathematics and 20% in ELA. Furthermore, the ELLs had the second highest composite growth in the city. The Brightwood Campus also earned the 2016 Title I National Distinguished Schools Award for closing the achievement gap.Before coming to Center City PCS, Shavonne was an assistant principal and principal at another LEA in Washington, DC. Prior to that she worked as an administrator in a DC independent school and as a middle school social studies teacher at a public middle school in Brooklyn, NY. She holds a Bachelor’s in Political Science from the University of Rochester, a Master’s in Secondary Education-Social Studies, and a second Master’s in Educational Leadership from George Mason University.
Walker Jones Education Campus
Simon King is the Director of School Strategy and Logistics at the Walker Jones Education Campus.
LaSalle Backus EC
Theo Thompson is the Director of School Strategy and Logistics at the LaSalle Backus Education Campus.