Location: Florida Hotel and Conference Center, Orlando, FL
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, 800-882-7482
Standard Registration: $395
T/TAS@Your Service Subscribers: $365 - some restrictions apply
1.15 CEUs (11.5 contact hours) from Western Kentucky University: $25
This conference is the only one of its kind being offered within the United States. Got Data? Plan Your Journey for a Successful Data Tour will provide experiential learning opportunities centered on “Leading a Data Tour, Not a Data Expedition” as conveyed in the Office of Head Start’s Focus Area Two protocol. The major thrust of this conference is for participants to be able to use data to ensure oversight and ongoing program improvement, allowing programs to make informed decisions that improve service delivery, child outcomes, and school readiness.
A key element are the goals and objectives set at the beginning of the five-year grant period. Reporting on progress toward these goals and objectives is required annually, and the overall evaluation of accomplishments is completed at the end of the grant period. As such, there is the implicit expectation that the data systems that programs utilize will provide information to be analyzed and then reported out to the governing body members in order that they may track the program’s progress across the five-year span.
As programs continue moving into the second round of five-year grants, accountability and intentionality will be examined like never before. To thrive, programs will need to be able to demonstrate the use of data in real time, not just after assessment periods. Additionally, governing boards, policy councils, managers, and line staff will need to be able to discuss how plans and policies fit into the internal, programmatic monitoring that is conducted regularly and communicated monthly to governing bodies. Along similar lines, staff need to be able to determine and discuss how agency goals and initiatives can, and do, fit within the grantee’s five-year goals and objectives.
This totally new and innovative conference will present opportunities for program staff to focus on developing or modifying program plans, policies, and procedures that will ensure data is properly collected and analyzed, Performance Standards are met, and five-year goals are measured. In the Performance Standards, in addition to the requirements to use data for continuous improvement, programs are also required to be able to both articulate and demonstrate their program’s use of data to others. This training opportunity will support programs in “Leading a Data Tour, Not a Data Expedition.”
- Participants will deepen their knowledge of Performance Standards related to data use;
- Participants will examine sample program plans, policies, and procedures related to data use;
- Participants will develop or consider modifications to their program’s plan, policies, and procedures for systematic use of data to improve service delivery, child outcomes, and school readiness;
- Participants will undertake experiential learning situations to use data to ensure oversight and ongoing program improvement to make informed decisions at the program, site, classroom, family, and child levels; and
- Participants will have the opportunity to engage in the free flow exchange of successes and challenges.
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