SDP Institute for Leadership in Analytics

The SDP Institute for Leadership in Analytics offers participants virtual modules to customize their experience based on urgent needs and interests. Join education data leaders and peers from around the world for one or more of our virtual modules.

July 2023 SDP Institute

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Data Equity and Ethics

Help your organization use data for good and grow its commitment to equity, inclusion, and ethical data use

 

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Data Visualization and Communication

Transform data dashboards and presentations into compelling tools for improvement 

 

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Organizational Data Governance and Culture

Evaluate and develop your organization's data capacity and culture for 2023-2024

 

Participants may attend one or multiple SDP Institute modules.

SDP Institute: Data Equity and Ethics

Help your organization use data for good and grow its commitment to equity, inclusion, and ethical data use

The Data Equity and Ethics module equips data leaders with actionable tools to incorporate considerations of equity in their data strategy. This module will share inclusive strategies for working with education data and discuss analyses that shed light on opportunity gaps in our education systems. Instructors will also work to address the more complex ethical challenges in their work, such as gaming, bias, and data privacy. 

Participants will:

  • Assess your organization’s ethical and inclusive data practice 
  • Explore thorny challenges in measuring equity  
  • Develop a draft learning agenda to address equity in your organizations 
  • Explore new research about equity in education and bring novel insights back to your organization 
  • Join a community of mission-driven data leaders  

 

Dates: 11am - 5pm ET on July 11 and 12, 2023

Participants will participate in a total of 12 hours of synchronous learning across two days, in addition to 3-5 hours total of prework and asynchronous learning.

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SDP Institute: Data Visualization and Communication

Transform data dashboards and presentations into compelling tools for improvement 

Data can tell a powerful story. This module will develop your narrative skills to create beautiful and compelling visualizations. Over the course of four sessions, you’ll delve into dashboards and reports and learn targeted communication strategies to reach different stakeholders.

Participants will:

  • Reflect on the strength of prior data communication efforts 
  • Learn and apply principles of effective visual communication 
  • Practice giving structured feedback on data visualizations, and receive helpful input on your own work. 
  • Replicate common data visualizations by hand in Excel or Tableau
  • Join a community of mission-driven data leaders 

 

Dates: 12pm-3pm ET on July 18, 19, 20, and 21, 2023

Participants will participate in a total of 12 hours of synchronous learning across four days, in addition to 3-5 hours total of prework and asynchronous learning. 

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SDP Institute: Organizational Data Governance and Culture 

Evaluate and develop your organization's data capacity and culture.

This two-session module will provide frameworks and strategic support for developing your data-use capacity.

Participants will:

  • Evaluate your organization’s strategic use of data  
  • Develop a strategic data project plan to address key questions in your organization 
  • Apply change management skills to data and analytic initiatives 
  • Join a community of mission-driven data leaders and build connections with other data professionals across the country

Learn from Harvard faculty about the important questions you should be asking and how to uncover the answers within your data, and network with data leaders and your peers.

Dates: 11am-5pm ET on July 26 and 27, 2023

Participants will participate in a total of 12 hours of synchronous learning across two days, in addition to 3-5 hours total of prework and asynchronous learning.

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Cost and Eligibility

Cost

 

By February 2, 2023

After February 2, 2023

Single Module

$595

$695

Multiple participants and/or multiple modules* 

$575/person/module

$675/person/module

*If participant is attending more than one module or if agency is sending two or more participants 


Eligibility

Applicants must be employed by an education agency (school district, state education agency, CMO, education nonprofit or education-focused foundation).

Application Deadline and Details

Applications open November 1, 2022.

The priority price application deadline is February 2, 2023.

The regular price application deadline is April 17, 2023.


Please note: Acceptance is rolling through each deadline, though modules have an enrollment cap and we encourage interested participants to apply before modules fill. Payment is due within two weeks of receiving an acceptance email. Acceptance is contingent on completion of payment and once payment is received, your spot is secured.

  • "This was an opportunity to discuss ideas and immediately practice applying concepts to real problems we are facing at my organization." 

    2022 SDP Institute Participant

  • "Just mind blowing and powerful. Will change completely the way I think and try to present and get across ideas."

    2018 SDP Institute Participant

  • "This was BY FAR the best PD experience I've had since I've worked in education! Thank you for putting together such an amazing, smart, and well-designed program. I'm leaving Harvard ready to make positive change back home."

    2016 SDP Institute Participant

  • "Great collaboratative space! I got to learn about so many others' work and I am taking that learning to influence my own organization."

    2022 SDP Institute Participant

FAQs

Can I take more than one module?

Yes, participants are able and encouraged to take multiple modules. The module times will not overlap to allow for enrollment across topics.

I've participated in SDP Institute before. Can I take another module?

Yes, we encourage former participants to take modules they have not already attended. In-person SDP Institutes prior to 2020 did not include content from the Data Equity & Ethics module.

Is there discounted pricing for groups from a single agency?

Yes, the discounted fee for sending more than one participant to a single module or multiple modules from a single agency is $575/person/module before February 2, 2023. Applications submitted after this date have a fee of $675/person/module for groups. This discount also applies to a single person enrolling in multiple modules.