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The UPD team is constantly looking for ways to learn more about our industry and, by extension, improve the results we achieve for our clients. Our blog is where we share our latest thinking.

The Big Reveal: Teacher Preparation Dashboards

This is a continuation of our series about lessons and successes from the Teacher Preparation Data Project. The Ed-Fi Teacher Preparation Data Model (TPDM) is a significant step to bring together previously disconnected data into...
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Tiger Teams: Added Capacity to Reinvent for Next School Year

Today’s mission critical task in education is reinvention. The problem is that transformation requires creativity, time and capacity—all in short supply after COVID-19 has left our education systems exhausted. Yet to address learning gaps and...
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Data Challenges in the Times of COVID-19: Data Governance is Essential

This post was written in partnership with Cali Stringer. Data governance is the decision-making glue that connects data technicians, data analysts, data users, and education leaders together. And during a time of rapid changes caused…
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Don’t Leave Data Use Behind During the COVID-19 Crisis

Last week, I presented on a virtual panel as part of the Carnegie Foundation Improvement Science in Education Summit using UPD’s Data Life-Cycle Framework. During the session, we heard from participants that there is a…
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Keeping it Reel

If a picture is worth a thousand words, picture this snapshot of the company culture at UPD. We work hard, and we spend a lot of time together on project teams. But “all work and…
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Data Governance Guidance & Tools

Thoughtful design and execution of a data governance practice can greatly streamline your organization’s data processes, improve alignment between technical and program staff, enhance data quality, and most importantly, reduce the frustration that comes from…
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Unlocking the Potential of High Quality Instructional Materials

UPD Consulting, in partnership with The School District of Palm Beach County and Pearson K12 Learning, is excited and humbled to have been awarded a Professional Learning Partnerships Initiative grant by the Bill & Melinda…
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The Importance of Data Governance for Your Ed-Fi Implementation

This fall a new cohort of education organizations around the country, including state education agencies, school districts, charter management organizations, and county education offices are initiating or expanding their Ed-Fi implementations. Through our years of…
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Implementing Early Childhood (PDG B-5) State Plans 

As states receiving Preschool Development Grant (PDG B-5) funds from the US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) complete their needs assessments and strategic plans, they should already be thinking about implementation. Proposals for…
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Teacher Preparation Data Model on the Road

I love maps. Maps present all the different possibilities to get from one point to another and provide the opportunity to chart your own course. My laminated, multi-fold map was my favorite companion in the…
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