On Friday, October 20th, Kinvolved hosted Data Driven Leaders: Using Data to Catalyze Growth of our New York City Youth–the third event in the Kinvolved Summit Series. The summit, co-sponsored by Kinvolved, Move This World, FuelEducation, and JumpRope, brought together school-based teams, policy leaders, nonprofit partners, and research evaluators to exchange best practices for utilizing attendance, behavior, and course performance data to drive student progress.
The event kicked off with a networking session and breakfast provided by Fresh & Co, during which time participants toured the sponsoring organizations’ Technology Stations. Following welcoming remarks by Kinvolved’s CEO Miriam Altman, Dr. Douglas Ready, of Teachers College at Columbia University, delivered a thought-provoking keynote, titled “Thinking about NYC Data: The Case of School Suspensions.” Transitioning research findings into practice, Mr. Augustus Grissett, Jr. directed a case study of Research and Service High School’s partnership with Kinvolved. Ms. Suzanne Arnold of The Renaissance Charter School directed a case study of Move This World’s program.
Deepening the opportunity to delve into practice, KiNVO by Kinvolved users joined our Product Team for a hands-on KiNVO Bootcamp, run by Kinvolved CPO Alexandra Meis. Many KiNVO users remarked that the product allows them to “work smarter, not harder.” Users also noted that they left the KiNVO Bootcamp with a deeper understanding of Kinvolved’s mission and KiNVO’s many capabilities.
“I’m very thankful for the opportunity to gain knowledge that will help me better serve the people in my community,” said one attendee. “I will encourage our principal to send more staff to future summits to fully understand the potential to have a profound impact on student attendance,” said another. “KiNVO is accountability and data analysis made simple.”
School district leaders, community based organizations, and policy makers took part in a policy breakout session titled, Using Early Warning Indicator Data to Inform Leadership Decisions. The policy breakout session offered participants a broad understanding of research, policies in effect and in planning, and specific practices on the ground that work to empower leadership with early warning indicator data to inform decisions that positively impact students. The policy panel featured:
- Ms. Karoline Alexander, Community School Director, CS 154 Harriet Tubman Learning Center
- Mr. Chris Caruso, Executive Director of Community Schools, NYC DOE
- Ms. Kecia Hayes, Director of Teachers College REACH (Raising Educational Achievement Coalition of Harlem)
- Dr. Douglas Ready, Associate Professor of Education and Public Policy, Teachers College
Participants ended the day by sharing thoughts and insights they gained from the summit, and ideas to increase the use of data to ask and answer questions that their institutions face as they serve New York City’s students.
Kinvolved will continue to offer additional summits and related events, in an effort to galvanize a movement of people who will elevate attendance by involving families in education. New York City is a special place to Kinvolved. It is our hometown, but we have also launched this model to other urban centers across the country. We invite you to join our movement.
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A video recap of #DataDrivenLeaders is here.