SDP Institute for Leadership in Analytics

For the first time, the SDP Institute for Leadership in Analytics 2021
will offer participants three separate 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 4-week virtual modules this summer.

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Education Data Strategy

Grow your agency’s data capacity and analytics for 2021-2022


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Data Visualization and Communication

Transform data dashboards and presentations into compelling tools for improvement 


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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


Participants may attend one, two, or all three modules of the SDP Institute for Leadership in Analytics.
Note that modules' weeks overlap but days do not conflict.

SDP Institute: Education Data Strategy Module

Grow your agency’s data capacity and analytics for 2021-2022

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

Participants will:

  • Identify growth opportunities for your agency’s data use;

  • Design a strategic analytic plan to address your organization’s most pressing challenge; and

  • Develop stakeholder engagement plans to enhance the impact of your data analytic work.

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.

Module dates: Thursdays, June 3, 10, 17, 24


SDP Institute: Data Visualization and Communication Module

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.

Module dates: Wednesdays, June 16, 23, 30, and July 7 


SDP Institute: Data Equity and Ethics Module

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

Our new coursework focused on Equity and Ethics equips data leaders with actionable tools to incorporate considerations of equity in their data strategy. Participants will learn inclusive strategies for working with education data and discuss analyses that shed light on opportunity gaps in our education systems. Participants will also work to address the more complex ethical challenges in their work, such as gaming, bias, and data privacy. This module topic is new to Institute offerings.

**Please Note: The Data Equity and Ethics module has reached capacity. At this time, if you select the Data Equity and Ethics module on your application, you will be added to the waitlist. We will notify people from the waitlist (in the order applications were received) as space becomes available.

Module dates: Thursdays, July 1, 8, 15, 22


Cost and Eligibility


  • $525/person/module 

  • $495/person/module if sending two or more from participants from the same agency or for participants attending more than one module


Applicants must be employed by an education agency (school district, state education agency, CMO, education nonprofit or education-focused foundation) unless applying to attend the Data Visualization and Communication module.

Application Deadline and Details

  • Applications open February 1, 2021.

  • Modules are filling up. The application deadline for all modules is April 16.

  • Acceptance is rolling, though modules have an enrollment cap and we encourage interested participants to apply before modules fill.

  • Payment is due within four 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


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 is new content and will not be repetitive of previous 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 $495/person. This discount also applies to a single person taking more than one module.