The MassCUE Datapalooza event focuses on educators sharing best practices for using data in the classroom, school, or district. The event will start with a morning keynote followed by a series of presentations (55 minutes long) throughout the day. We are encouraging educators to attend this event in teams that consist of school and district administrators, technology directors, technology integration specialists, and classroom teachers or specialists. Presentations will demonstrate on how schools and/or districts effectively use data to improve teaching and learning.
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Limit: 125 educators.
This event will be held at:
Worcester State University 486 Chandler Street Worcester, MA 01602
Event will be held in the Student Center building. Attendees should park in the lots just outside of the Student Center.
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Uri Harel & John Breslin, Keynote
Keynote: Building a Data System to Connect with the School Community
Uri Harel & John Breslin, Somerville Public Schools
It’s people closest to the work,within school communities – educators, learners, families – who will be able to build the next generation of school data systems that they need. School communities need more than just systems for counting numbers – they need ways to more deeply connect and tell their stories to tackle what matters for all students.
Over the past 4 years, with support from Code for America, the Boston Foundation, and Microsoft New England, Somerville has developed their own open-source student-centered data system called Student Insights which is being implemented in all Somerville Public Schools and has been expanded to two new districts in Massachusetts. While it was an initially a technical project to put “all of the data in one place”, it has evolved into a deeper project to identify and solve key problems educators face in schools. Examples include streamlining student support meetings, creating more balanced class lists, giving students voice about what works for them, and ensuring effective student transitions between schools, . We will share the process Somerville uses in tackling these problems, including their successes, challenges, and tips for other districts embarking on this path.
Uri Harel has been the K-8 curriculum coordinator in the Somerville Public Schools for the past 8 years and is currently also the project manager on the Student Insights project. Before then, he was an elementary principal in Saugus for 5 years and a classroom teacher for 10 years in Vermont, Germany, and Lawrence, Massachusetts. He has his Level I Wilson Reading Certification and is particularly interested in how we can detect dyslexia earlier in children and provide effective intervention.
John Breslin is the Director of Technology for the Somerville Public Schools and has been working for the District since 2002. Prior to then, he has held a variety of teaching, technology, and training roles in public schools as well as time in the private educational software sector for a Student Information System vendor. John is committed to using sustainable and equitable technology solutions everyday and excited to discover what’s to come.
Call for Proposals
Call for proposals closed November 12, 2019. Please consider submitting a proposal for next year.
|Registration||$65.00 (fee includes lunch)|
|Date and Time||January 8, 2020 (snow date: January 9, 2020)|
|Location||Worcester State University|
|Audience||Teachers and Administrators|
Schedule for the day:
7:45 to 8:25- Registration and light breakfast
8:30 to 9:15 Keynote
9:30 to 10:20 Session 1
10:30 to 11:20 Session 2
11:30 to 12:20 Lunch and Vendor visits
12:30 to 1:20 Session 3
1:30 to 2:20 Session 4
The sponsorship is $750 and includes:
- A table in the general area during breakfast and lunch
- One minute welcome to the attendees
- One 45 minute workshop session at the event
Click HERE  to view attendee information from Datapalooza 2019