SDP Annual Convening

Stay tuned for 2019 convening details.

Every year our network of 250+ data strategists, education leaders, and research faculty come together to exchange knowledge and share what works in making evidence-informed change.

Our 2018 Theme: Question everything.

As education leaders and researchers, we often focus on results. Countless conferences are about what we find, rather than interrogating what we seek and how we seek it. Practitioners are encouraged to share “best practices” rather than best questions. As a result, we rarely turn the table on ourselves, test our assumptions, and question what we’ve done. This year's conference theme is "Question Everything," and we hope to provide a space for a focus on inquiry, as well as results, at our annual convening. We hope to elevate questions to the status of answers in our shared pursuit to transform education and improve student achievement.

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Why Attend

Convening RFP


SDP is seeking presentation proposals from its network of data leaders.

RFP Closed

Annual Convening - Speaker Alonso


Meet and learn from inspiring research and education leaders.


Fellows Reunited


Join us for a special celebration of learning at the Boston Public Library.


  • Featured Speakers

    Sara Kerr


    Sara Kerr is the Vice President of Education Policy Implementation for Results for America. Previously, she served as a Senior Advisor on Leadership and Systems Improvement at Education Northwest, and as a Senior Engagement Manager with the nonprofit U.S. Education Delivery Institute (EDI), where she oversaw a portfolio of engagements with states, districts, and education organizations focused on effectively implementing priority reforms, including those focused on educator effectiveness systems and new standards and assessments. Before joining EDI, Sara served as the Chief Performance Officer with the Delaware Department of Education (DDOE), where she oversaw the implementation of Delaware’s $119 million Race to the Top grant. Sara managed the Department’s internal performance management system, tracking and reporting progress towards statewide student outcome goals; she also led the district support and accountability program, through which the Department conducted ongoing and differentiated district routines focused on results for students.

  • Featured Speakers

    Russlynn Ali


    Russlynn Ali is the managing director of the education fund at the Emerson Collective. Previously, she served as assistant secretary for civil rights at the U.S. Department of Education, where she served as a primary adviser on equity and civil rights. Russlynn also was founding executive director of the Education Trust–West. In addition, she has been a teacher, attorney, and liaison for the president of the Children’s Defense Fund; assistant director of policy and research at the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation; and chief of staff to the president of the Los Angeles Unified School District’s Board of Education. She received her bachelor’s degree from American University and law degree from Northwestern University.

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    Tim Renick


    Timothy Renick is the Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Success, Vice Provost, and Professor of Religious Studies at Georgia State University. He has served as Chair of the Department of Religious Studies and Director of the Honors Program. Since 2008, he has directed the student success and enrollment efforts of the university, overseeing among the fastest improving graduation rates in the nation and the elimination of all achievement gaps based on students’ race, ethnicity or income level. Dr. Renick has testified on strategies for helping university students succeed before the U.S. Senate and has twice been invited to speak at the White House. His work has been covered by the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and CNN and cited by President Obama. He was named one of 2016’s Most Innovative People in Higher Education by Washington Monthly and was the recipient of the 2015-16 Award for National Leadership in Student Success Innovation. He currently is principal investigator for a $9 million U.S. Department of Education grant to study the impact of proactive, predictive-analytics-based advisement on ten-thousand low-income and first-generation students nationally.

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.


Registration Fees

Current Fellows, Partners, Faculty Advisors, and Alumni Board Members: No Registration Fee | Travel, Room and Board Covered

Alumni: $350

Paid Guests: $1500

Selected Speakers: Registration Waived | Hotel Covered

PIER Summit Attendees: Fees Waived  | Travel, Room and Board Covered

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