Partners & Collaborators

The Data for Decisions Initiative is pleased to collaborate with the following organizations that are leaders in areas related to data for decision making including: professional development, advocacy, data use technology, and data governance.


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TERC’s Using Data Project

TERC is a nonprofit education research, development, and professional development organization. Its Using Data Project has been helping schools across the country build the bridge between data and results for more than 14 years.

UDP provides in-depth professional development for district and school leaders, data coaches, and data teams of teachers to use data effectively—in ways that can lead to positive changes in organizational culture, instructional pedagogy, and classroom practices.

UDP’s training helps educators collaborate to identify and use reliable data to uncover specific learning problems, verify the causes of the learning problems, and develop instructional solutions and monitoring plans to address these problems. The result is a cultural shift toward ongoing data-informed instructional improvement and shared responsibility for each student’s achievement.

UDP facilitators are former classroom teachers and education leaders who have extensive experience with identifying and integrating instructional best practices that raise student achievement.

Diana Nunnaley is the Director of UDP’s professional development program. For the past decade and a half, Nunnaley has worked with data teams to help schools and districts nationwide build their capacity to use student learning data. She has provided in-depth training that helps school districts build a culture of continuous learning through ongoing collaboration related to students’ academic progress.

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The Center for Educational Leadership and Technology (CELT)

For over two decades, CELT has helped align leadership, learning, and technology in support of improved K–12 student achievement. CELT collaborates with education organizations to support and transform teaching, learning, and administrative processes. In recent years, CELT has been a leader in assessing and designing well-architected data systems.

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The Community Training and Assistance Center (CTAC)

CTAC is a national, nonprofit organization with a demonstrated track record of success in the fields of education and community development. CTAC provides intensive onsite technical assistance, conducts research and evaluation, and informs public policy at federal, state and local levels. Working with school districts, states and community organizations, they support significant growth in student learning, educator effectiveness, and organizational capacity.

CTAC leads technical assistance and evaluation initiatives nationally which address such issues as teacher and principal evaluation, performance-based compensation, Student Learning Objectives and professional development. Areas of expertise also include school turnaround and district improvement, union-management collaboration, and state-to-district interventions.

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Data Quality Campaign

The Data Quality Campaign (DQC) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, national advocacy organization. DQC leads a partnership of nearly 100 organizations committed to realizing the vision of an education system in which all stakeholders—from parents to policymakers—are empowered with high-quality data from early childhood, K–12, postsecondary, and workforce systems to make decisions that ensure every student graduates high school prepared for success in college and the workplace.

To achieve this vision, DQC helps state policymakers and other key leaders promote the effective use of data to improve student achievement.

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DataSmith Solutions

DataSmith Solutions, LLC provides strategic consulting services to public education organizations. Services focus on data systems, data governance issues, and the effective and valid use of data for policymaking and practice.

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Wayman Services, LLC

Wayman Services, LLC is an education consulting company that provides expertise around the effective use of K–12 education data. Particular areas of emphasis are teacher data use, leadership for data use, data-related professional learning, data-informed school organizations, and computer data systems.

Wayman Services, LLC is led by Jeffrey C. Wayman, who has an extensive career in education research and is a leading researcher in the use of educational data.

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