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.

2022 Institute Modules

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Education Data Strategy

Evaluate and develop your agency’s data capacity and analytics for 2022-2023

 

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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 

 

Participants may attend one or multiple SDP Institute modules.

SDP Institute: Education Data Strategy Module (Spring and Summer 2022)

Grow your agency’s data capacity and analytics for 2022-2023

This four-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.

Spring module dates: 1pm-5pm ET on March 8, 10, 15, and 16
Summer module dates: 1pm-5pm ET on May 31, June 2, 7, and 9

Participants will participate in a total of 16 hours of synchronous learning across four dates, in addition to 6-10 hours total of prework and asynchronous learning. Participants can choose to enroll for the Spring or Summer 2022 module.

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SDP Institute: Data Equity and Ethics Module (Spring 2022)

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  

 

Module dates: 1pm - 5pm ET on March 22, 24, 29, and 31

Participants will participate in a total of 16 hours of synchronous learning across four dates, in addition to 6-10 hours total of prework and asynchronous learning.

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SDP Institute: Data Visualization and Communication Module (Summer 2022)

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 

 

Module dates: 1pm - 5pm ET on June 14, 16, 21, and 23

Participants will participate in a total of 16 hours of synchronous learning across four dates, in addition to 6-10 hours total of prework and asynchronous learning. 

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Cost and Eligibility

Cost

  • The fee for a single module for one participant is $595. 

  • The fee for two or more from participants from the same agency or for participants attending more than one module is $550/person/module.

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 October 4, 2021.

  • The deadline for the spring modules is January 5, 2022.

  • The deadline for the summer modules is April 4, 2022.

  • 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.

  • "I found the sessions to be very interesting and aligned with growth for me personally as someone who is an educational leader (principal) but does not work as a data analyst in my day-to-day job duties. I was able to speak with various experts and network about my experiences in online learning as it relates to dashboards, etc." 

    2019 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."

    SDP Institute Participant 2016

  • "Thank you for an amazing five days. It was the best workshop I have attended in years. I will be able to take back on what I learned and apply it directly to my work."

    2017 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.

Can I take a module if I've attended an in-person Institute?

Yes, we encourage former participants to take a module. The Data Equity & Ethics module in particular is new content and will not be repetitive of previous in-person Institutes.

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 $550/person. This discount also applies to a single person taking more than one module.