I’ve spent the last two weeks traveling around the country listening and learning from IT and education leaders in the field. What I’m absolutely sure of is that the generation of new education data points is only picking up speed, and will continue to explode in the coming years. How are we in ed-tech going to harness this trend? I explore this idea in my latest blog.
This is an exciting and busy time for us at Ed-Fi. The Technical Congress is just a week away and we have a robust and deep agenda that I hope will spur great discussion about the future of Ed-Fi Technology. We just returned from CoSN and we continue to invest in the Alliance and expand our capabilities by adding two new teammates. We’ve updated our technical roadmap, and the Summit call for papers is now live and accepting abstracts. With so many exciting things going on, there is a place for everyone that wants to be involved in the Ed-Fi movement. I hope you’ll join us!

Connecting the Dots: A Day with Data
The internet gave rise to the “connected economy" and the next evolution is the “data-driven economy.” What new data points will be collected and analyzed in the coming years? What new and creative ways will emerge to use those data points effectively and for a greater purpose? Our president explores this in his latest blog post below.


Investing in Ed-Fi
We’re excited to share that we’ve added two new solutions architects to our roster in order to keep up with the tremendous momentum of the Alliance and our ever-growing community: Shannon Kerlick and Sayee Srinivasan! Get to know our newest team members and feel free to connect anytime. 

Shannon Kerlick
Shannon is a seasoned professional with 20 years of software engineering experience and as a part of the team, he will work with local education agencies and partners to increase adoption and expand offerings in the Ed-Fi Community. Shannon earned a Computer Science Degree from the University of Texas at Austin and enjoys spending time at home with his wife, Jennifer, and four children: Mason, Ryan, Natalie and Corey. Shannon can be contacted via LinkedIn here.
Sayee Srinivasan
Sayee joins us following a six-year career with the Department of Education, State of Nevada. There, she was responsible for maintaining the SharePoint hosted C# applications and coordinating the Nevada State Ed-Fi mapping from the SEA side. Sayee earned her M.S. from the University of Nevada, Reno and enjoys hiking in her free time with her husband, Gopinath, and their two sons, Sashank and Anuttham. Sayee can be contacted via email here.

Quarterly Update to the Technical Roadmap
Updates to the Technical Roadmap are now published based off of the feedback we gathered from our Technical Advisory Group and community contributors. The roadmap is intended to serve as an important planning resource for community members, and we encourage you to continue sharing your feedback. 


Ed-Fi Summit: Call for Papers
Each year at the Ed-Fi Summit and Technical Bootcamp, our community members lead thought-provoking and informative presentations, panels and discussions. If you have a powerful idea or successful implementation to share, we want to hear from you at this year’s Summit. Submissions close soon so don’t wait, submit your session abstract today!


Simple Changes, Big Impact
One of our team goals is to “experience the reality,” meaning to go out into the community and immerse ourselves in the daily lives of students and teachers, the very group that we are working to impact. This March, we did just that when we visited Travis High School in East Austin. Read about all the fun and simple changes we made that resulted in a big impact for computer lab students on our blog.


Roadshow Report: CoSN
This week, members of the Ed-Fi Alliance team had the opportunity to participate in the CoSN Invent the Future conference in Chicago. Ed-Fi’s own Sean Casey shares top takeaways in his latest Roadshow Report below.


Supporting Teachers in the Classroom with Data Interoperability
In continuation of MSDF’s interoperability blog series, Steve Midgley shares how Learning Tapestry’s Data Flow project seeks to provide teachers with integrated access to data, enabling them to understand student progress and increase teaching effectiveness. 


School District Seeks to Make Sense of Complex Datasets
In an effort to help the public better understand student data, Atlanta Public School District created a data visualization blog that allows readers to deep dive into district data in an approachable way. Many districts already make data public, but what’s unique about this project is that it seeks to make the information digestible and understandable for the general public.

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