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Learning never stops.

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.

From Post-Its to Pilot: The journey of the Teacher Preparation Data Project

We’ll begin this story in June of 2016, which marked the official start of the Teacher Preparation Data Project. Though even to get to this point, there were many early sources of inspiration, sketches on…
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Getting the Most Out of the Preschool Development Grant Opportunity

The new Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five (PDG B-5) put out by the US Department of Health and Human Services presents an exciting opportunity to get public sector planning right. The grant provides funds…
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Nowhere to turn(around)

I was invited to moderate a panel of turnaround experts at the Yale School of Management’s Education Leadership Conference  on April 4th, and in prepping for the event I tried to think about what hasn’t been…
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Putting the “Drive” in “Data-Driven”

While Harvard Business Review’s latest article “Companies are Failing in Their Efforts to Become Data-Driven” focuses on investments in big data and artificial intelligence made by large corporations, we see the same issues at play…
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When Hope and Hard Work Are Not Enough

During a recent trip to two schools in one of the large, urban districts we are supporting to improve student outcomes, I was having a conversation with a district leader that was typical of many…
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Strategies for Being Strategic

We were excited to see Graham Kenney’s Harvard Business Review article “Six Steps to Making Your Strategic Planning Strategic.” He hits on one of the common issues we see clients struggle with in their strategic…
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Data and Policies in Education

UPD is pleased to announce that Ana Quintana, Account Executive and seven-year veteran with the firm, has recently become a shareholder in the company. She leads UPD’s Ed-Fi and data system implementation practice which she…
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Police, Death and Statistics

As we continue hearing about the deaths of black Americans by police officers, many people have begun working together to bring about reform. But the movement is often countered by other groups who debate over the numbers. Read…
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Thoughts From Our Intern

The UPD Happy Hour event last week was amazing. It was more than just a stand around and drink type of party. Conversations took place that opened up my eyes and helped me see someone…
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Safe Bet

I received an auspicious text from my son last week. He’s spending part of the summer abroad in a language immersion program, and he receives most of his news about the US from the internet….
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