SDP Annual Convening

May 19-20, 2020

Every year our network of 300+ data strategists, education leaders, and research faculty come together to exchange knowledge and share what works in making evidence-informed change. 

Our 2019 Theme: Strength in Numbers

This year's conference theme, "Strength in Numbers," is a celebration of a decade of data-informed progress from across our network and an opportunity to discuss our future directions.  Join us for our 10th anniversary celebration.

Why Attend

Convening RFP


RFP is now closed.

Annual Convening - Speaker Alonso


Meet and learn from inspiring research and education leaders.

Fellows Reunited


Join us for a special celebration, A Decade of Education Data.

  • Speakers

    Dr. John King

    John King

    We are honored to be joined by Dr. John B. King Jr. King served in President Barack Obama’s cabinet as the 10th U.S. Secretary of Education. In tapping him to lead the U.S. Department of Education, President Obama called King “an exceptionally talented educator,” citing his commitment to “preparing every child for success” and his lifelong dedication to education as a teacher, principal, and leader of schools and school systems. Today, he is the president and CEO of The Education Trust, a national nonprofit organization that seeks to identify and close opportunity and achievement gaps, from preschool through college. Before becoming education secretary, King carried out the duties of the U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education, overseeing all policies and programs related to P-12 education, English learners, special education, and innovation. King joined the department following his tenure as the first African American and Puerto Rican to serve as New York State Education Commissioner. King began his career in education as a high school social studies teacher in Puerto Rico and Boston, Mass., and as a middle school principal.

    King’s life story is an extraordinary testament to the transformative power of education. Both of King’s parents were career New York City public school educators, whose example serves as an enduring inspiration. Both of King’s parents passed away from illness by the time he was 12 years old. He credits New York City public school teachers — particularly educators at P.S. 276 in Canarsie and Mark Twain Junior High School in Coney Island — for saving his life by providing him with rich and engaging educational experiences and by giving him hope for the future.

Register to Attend

In addition to current partners, fellows, and faculty, the SDP convening is open to alumni, prior SDP Institute participants, and invited guests. Stay tuned for registration instructions.