SDP Annual Convening

May 31 - June 1, 2018 

Westin Copley Place | Boston, MA

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.


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


Michele Jolin

Michele Jolin

Michele Jolin is the CEO and Co-Founder for Results for America. Michele also is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress. Michele served as a Senior Advisor for Social Innovation at the White House under President Obama, where she designed and launched the first Social Innovation Fund. Prior to that she was a member of President Obama’s Presidential Transition Team, where she helped create the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation. Michele will join SDP in helping us answer the questions: What can we learn from evidence-based policymaking across the social sectors, and how do we advocate for evidence and innovation in the current political climate?

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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