Since our last Connect newsletter, many exciting things have been going on within the Ed-Fi Community and the broader edtech world. First, InnovateEDU, a Brooklyn-based nonprofit and Ed-Fi community member, launched Project Unicorn. This initiative invites schools to sign a pledge committing to interoperability within their own IT architecture. It’s inspiring for me to witness the work of our Ed-Fi community members as they continue to drive towards data interoperability in education. 
Second, I attended the ASU+GSV Summit last week in Salt Lake City where I heard from a handful of the players that are shaking up the edtech scene. With an ever-growing ecosystem of providers, I was reminded of how critical connecting all of these systems continues to be.

And lastly, be sure to check out Sean Casey’s latest Roadshow Report where he shares highlights from his time spent out in the field working with our Ed-Fi community members.

Have an idea on how we can improve? We’d love to hear from you. Be sure to reach out to myself or my team anytime. 
- Troy

Slack Team Competition!
Great job to everyone who signed up for Ed-Fi’s new Slack team! It’s off to a great start. To further encourage our community members to continue using Slack to ask insightful questions and offer helpful commentary to their peers, we are introducing the “Help a Techie Out” giveaway! We’ll be giving away $10 Starbucks gift cards to the first five community members that answer a question from a fellow colleague. The only requirement is that you have to be a member of the Ed-Fi Slack team. We’ll monitor the channels and snail mail rewards to the winners. Easier than saying, “Venti Soy Latte Unicorn Frappuccino.”


Recapping the First Technical Congress
Our first Technical Congress, held in April in Austin was an opportunity for our technical community members to come together to discuss the Ed-Fi Data Standard and direction of the technology moving forward. Amidst the fruitful discussion emerged a handful of key themes.


Roadshow Report: News from the Ed-Fi Community 
After hitting the road to spend time with Ed-Fi Community members, Sean Casey, manager of strategic partnerships, shares highlights from out in the field. Read about the latest progress and wins within the Ed-Fi Community in his latest Roadshow Report.


Ed-Fi Summit: Call for Papers
The 2017 Ed-Fi Summit and Technical Bootcamp is gearing up to be our best Summit to date! But we need your help to make it even better. Are you a field implementer, technical expert or edtech leader who would enjoy leading an in-depth discussion on how we can improve K-12 education? If so, make sure to submit your session abstract today. Don’t wait, submissions close at the end of May!


Data Standard 2.1b Released – Submit Your Feedback
We recently opened the Request for Comment (RFC) period for the Data Standard 2.1b RFC. We encourage you to take a moment to review the proposed changes in the RFC and share your feedback by June 5 ahead of the final release, which is targeted for June 15.


Project Unicorn Launches With 26 School System Partners
In one of the most exciting announcements of 2017, InnovateEDU has officially launched Project Unicorn! In partnership with The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, Project Unicorn aims to send a clear signal to the K-12 industry on the need for easier access to education data. Be sure to check out the release below and learn more about the initiative at


Spotted at ASU + GSV: 6 Startups Shaking Up Education
At the ASU + GSV Summit last week, EdTech Times caught up with a handful of edtech companies to learn more about how they’re impacting education today. From teacher prep tools to innovative game design programs in STEM learning and Computer Science, it’s inspiring to see how other companies are working to drive change in education.

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