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We are proud to announce the 6th Annual DataCation EXPO on Tuesday, May 24th at the Paley Center for Media in New York City.
The annual EXPO is a great opportunity to talk about trending educational topics, hear success stories from NYC schools that you can leverage in your school and learn about plans for current and new DataCation products. With over 600 schools in NYC and thousands of schools nationwide, this year's EXPO is sure to be well attended.

Why attend Expo 2016?


We look for unseen solutions; challenging the status quo


We bring positive attitude and contagious enthusiasm; our work makes a difference


We are experienced and insightful; always learning and improving


We build lasting relationships with our educational partners through a service oriented mindset

2016 Speakers

2016 Expo Schedule

  • Breakfast & Registration

    9:00AM - 10:00AM

  • Welcome Address & Intro to IO Education

    10:00AM - 10:45AM

    • Welcome!

      Peter Bencivenga and Michael Williamson take us an engaging journey through the history of how DataCation has worked to solve critical needs for schools and districts and discuss what the future looks like as we continue to partner with you to improve educational outcomes.

      Speaker: Peter Bencivenga, Michael Williamson

  • Guest Speaker

    10:45AM - 11:05AM

    • A New Way to Think About Data

      In this presentation Jordan Horowitz, Vice President for the Institute for Evidence-Based Change (IEBC), introduces their data use model. This unique model is grounded in the latest research on human judgment and decision-making, behavioral economics, neurobiology and emotion, and organizational habits. In this fast-paced, entertaining presentation Jordan will touch on key aspects of the model with lessons that can be implemented at your school tomorrow.

      Speaker: Jordan Horowitz

  • Morning Session

    11:05AM - 12:00PM

    • How Principals Use Data in Their Schools

      A panel discussion on how leading NYCPS principals make sense of the plethora of data to help teachers easily understand how to use this information and apply it to their classroom. These educational leaders will discuss their data driven culture approach on how they continually improve student outcomes by using data to inform all key stakeholders in the school community.

      Many educational data initiatives have failed to capture teacher needs and gain widespread use in the classroom. Learn some of the embedded data practices used by these schools to make data use part of the teacher’s everyday workflow. Learn how these schools make it work and how you can apply these best practices to create a data design approach for increased student achievement.


      • Seung Yu - Academy for Software Engineering
      • Mark Erlenwein - Staten Island Technical High School
      • Patrick Burns - J.H.S 217 Robert A. Van Wyck
      • Nadav Zeimer - Harlem Renaissance High School

      Speaker: Patrick Wall

    • Talent Management From Compliance to Coaching

      alent Management: From Compliance to Coaching

      Teacher observation systems have improved compliance with state and district talent management requirements. Now, it is time to move beyond compliance and into coaching for improving talent management and student achievement. These four steps will help improve educator effectiveness:

      Step 1: Use local student data from the classroom and teacher evidence portfolios in combination with observational data to develop holistic, local and data-informed view of teacher effectiveness.

      Step 2: Principals and teachers work together clarify use of student data, set personal goals and develop a personalized action plan to meet goals.

      Step 3: Establish regular dialog with structured feedback about student progress and achievement of personal plan.

      Step 4: Facilitate coaching opportunities for peer feedback and collaboration with master teachers and department heads using data

      Speaker: Paul LoBoen

    • Sales & Tech Support

    • Using Virtual Data Walls for Personalized Learning

  • Lunch

    12:00PM - 1:05PM

  • Afternoon Session 1

    1:05PM - 2:05PM

    • Teachers Discuss Outcomes Based on Grading

      Traditional grading practices have changed over the last few years as we move towards competency based grading instead of compliance based grading. This panel will discuss some of the best practices used to evaluate student learning. Learn how these educational leaders use assessment results to evaluate students weak and strong points in the Subject Area Standards. Learn gradebook strategies on how teachers grade their assignments based on outcomes rather than categories. Learn strategies of how students self-assess their own learning and provide feedback to teachers.

      This panel will share successful practices in developing grading strategies and implementation models that concentrate on recognizing mastery in a subject.


      • Starr Sackstein - World Journalism Prepatory High School
      • Meredith Towne - Academy for Software Engineering
      • Ryan Milano - Scholars Academy
      • Bryan Miltenberg - Scholars Academy

      Speaker: Jill Barshay

    • Sales & Tech Support

    • 21st Centrury Digital Assessment at Your Fingertips

      The brave new (digital) world of assessments Interim and formative assessments are an integral part of student achievement, allowing teachers to assess competency and identify performance lapses. Join us as we explore the latest advances in assessments available to your teachers, including:

      • Online administration of assessments
      • Real-time results analysis
      • Technology-Enhanced Items
      • Advanced reporting and custom report builder
      • Local item banks
      • Integration with 3rd party item banks

      Speaker: Neal Robbins, Spencer Kerrigan

    • Introduction to the Data Suite

    • What Did They Do? The ESSA Explained

      Now that ESEA (recently known as NCLB) has been reauthorized and transformed into the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), come hear the 1000 pages of this important legislation discussed in detail by a former US Department of Education official. Doug will explain the key provisions of the new law, particularly around assessment, accountability and the devolution of the federal role in education combined with the transition to an evolution of the state and local role in education. The presentation will be informative, entertaining, and interactive, with time for Q&A.

      Speaker: Doug Mesecar

  • Afternoon Session 2

    2:05PM - 3:00PM

    • Parents' Perspectives on Data Tools

      With technology in education how are parents making best use of these applications? Join some parents and parent advocates as they share stories of successes of data tools being used by their schools. What are some of the benefits these parents have experienced being “in-the-know” when it comes to their child’s daily schooling? Hear stories of how these tools work best for parents and how they’ve improved student outcomes.

      Keeping parent and student involvement in mind is a necessity as schools depend on it for successful academic performance. When a parent knows their child’s homework assignment, or what grade they got on an exam, that parent becomes the teacher’s out-of-the-classroom advocate for the child. Data tools have become more than just keeping parent and student involvement in mind. Learn how these panelists stay connected to their school community and child’s performance by using technology.


      • Robin Schwartz - Teachers College, Columbia
      • Toni Rufo - I.S. 72 The Police Officer Rocco Laurie
      • Cecilia Accettura - FDR High School

      Speaker: Jordan Horowitz

    • Sales & Tech Support

    • Using Virtual Data Walls for Personalized Learning

      Data walls provide teachers with the ability to visualize data so they can implement strategies for improving student performance. Unfortunately, they are a serious time commitment to collect, organize, maintain and secure.

      We’re about to change that with industry first virtual data wall. DataCation has automated the time spent collecting, organizing and maintaining data, and given educators the framework for visualizing student data using simple sorting, filtering and grouping options.

      The virtual data wall allows educators to easily identify a student or cohort that needs intervention, and then create and monitor individualized learning plans for your students. With virtual data walls, personalize learning has just become a reality.

      Speaker: Hardin Daniel

    • Introduction to Data Suite

      This session is designed for schools and districts to learn more about the different DataCation modules. With three new modules added this year, this is a great session for all schools as an overview of the different DataCation applications that are currently available.

      We understand that it can be difficult for schools to stay one step ahead of their data needs. We specialize in data solutions for schools and districts by bringing together all of your student information so you can:

      • Gather trends on attendance, report cards, credits, state exams, benchmarks and early warning indicator flags with the customized dashboard solutions
      • Visualize student data on the virtual data wall and build personalize learning plans, including student intervention
      • Provide regular coaching with teachers using local data, district and state data
      • Learn why the Skedula gradebook has been reported to be the most innovative tool for teachers
      • See how DDC assists schools and districts with capturing and managing assessments and standards, making it one of the most intuitive analytical tools for tracking student and teacher performance
      • Hear how PupilPath is the sought-after solution for students and families looking to achieve a greater connection with their school community

      This session will show you how DataCation is committed to providing you with innovative solutions to support your leadership, teachers, parents and students. We actively assess new needs address performance gap, increase transparency and promote academic success.

      Speaker: Paul LoBoen

    • Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS)

      Giving teachers the information they need today to plan instruction and intervention tomorrow. PALS is the essential screening, diagnostic, and progress-monitoring tool for measuring the fundamental components of literacy that are predictive of reading achievement. Understand how PALS results immediately inform planning for differentiated classroom instruction and for reading intervention. PALS is the only assessment that determines an instructional reading level and spelling stage for each student, and a Concept of Word stage for Kindergarteners. Come and hear how PALS can have long-term impact on teacher effectiveness in addressing students reading strengths and needs.

      Speaker: Aggie Craft

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