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Knowledge Center

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.  The Knowledge Center is where we share our latest thinking.

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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Where’s the Diversity in Consulting?

I recently wrote an op-ed on the importance of diversity in the school system, particularly among the teaching workforce. And while having diverse teachers is essential, diversity should not be confined to the classroom –…
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Logo Motive

Hard to believe, but UPD Consulting is going to be 10 years old this year. Change is inevitable for all of us, and after 10 years assisting our clients with their transformation, we too are…
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The Relevant

Jada Pinkett Smith (a native Baltimorean) and Spike Lee stirred things up by announcing that they’re boycotting the Academy Awards in protest over the fact that, for the second year in a row, not a…
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The Transition

The transition back to school this year has not been easy for me. As I prepared to return back to school, I was not expecting some of the many changes that were made. They have…
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The Data Use Five

We believe that UPD was put on this Earth to help states, districts, and schools perform at fundamentally higher levels. Kids and parents deserve it, and our ever-globalizing economy needs it. As I reflect on our…
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Measurable Growth That Produces Immeasurable Impact

Football season is in full swing, and for those of us who care, it is the best time of the year. This year, as I watched training camp and pre-season coverage, I noticed something. It…
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