Hosted by the Montana Office of Public Instruction, the third annual Montana Data Use Culture Conference will be held September 26 – 27, 2017 at Radisson Colonial Hotel in Helena, Montana. Montana educators, administrators, and researchers with be provided a venue to learn how to access and communicate data in ways that will improve educational outcomes for Montana students. Join us for an indepth look into this year's topic, Pathway to a Data Use Culture in Montana.  Registration is now open, please visit the Registration page.

AGENDA - Please CLICK HERE for the current Agenda

Participants will hear from state researchers, university faculty and invited guests about the education data currently being utilized at all levels for educational practice in Montana. Emphasis will be placed on future directions of data use. Sessions will be held on the importance of understanding the different data systems in Montana, the significance of quality data, the importance of data privacy, predictive analytics and the state of student assessments.

CONFERENCE GOALS
~  Increase teacher use of data to enhance teaching
~  Create long-term, direct partnerships with university researchers
~  Enhance the OPI’s understanding of its own program effectiveness

VISION 
Creation of a statewide data use culture in which educators regularly use data to inform decision making. Showcase evidence-based school or community program interventions, emphasizing the role of data-driven decision making in the continuous improvement cycle and program evaluation. 

WHO MIGHT BE INTERESTED IN THIS OPPORTUNITY?OPI Lofo
Superintendents - School Counselors and Psychologists - Grant Writers - IT Staff - Data Analysts - University Faculty - Graduate Students - PK – 12 Teachers - Principals - County Clerks

Read more on OPI Divisions & Responsibilities - Click on links below
Reports & Data: Measurement and Accountability 
K20 Data Project

Accommodation Statement for Events
The OPI makes reasonable modifications for any known disability that may interfere with participation in a service, program, or activity of the OPI. If an assistive device, person, or other accommodation is needed to participate in the Montana Data Use Conference, please contact the OPI event organizer by close of business on (September 11, 2017), to request accommodation. Submit request to (Joe Hamilton, Business Analyst 444-0475), TTY 406-444-0235, jhamilton@mt.gov).

Note to OPI staff. Give a minimum of 10 days’ notice for accommodation requests to allow enough time to make arrangements for accommodation. If sign language interpretation is needed for an event lasting over one hour, two interpreters are required. If a request is received after the deadline, please contact the OPI ADA Coordinator or Human Resources Manager for options.

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