A Date with Data
Special education staff have been asking to hear from staff in other states and districts about what they’re doing that’s working and lessons they’ve learned, so we’re throwing a spotlight on your IDEA data stories. Join your host, Amy Bitterman, as she chats with state and district special education staff, who, just like you, are dealing with IDEA data every day. We hope that by sharing these real experiences, you’ll be able to feel more connected to colleagues in other states doing the same work, grow together, and, ultimately, improve your data quality.
On Stage in Nashville, Tennessee: A Date with Data at ii22
July 28, 2022 • 17 MIN
Welcome to Nashville, Tennessee, home of country music, hot chicken, and southern hospitality. In this episode of A Date with Data, we’re on stage at the 2022 IDC Interactive Institute in Music City, USA. Join us as host Amy Bitterman performs a duet with Amy Patterson, IDEA Part B Data Manager with the Kentucky Department of Education, to learn more about her role as a data-quality influencer. Up next, Amy two-steps with Richelle Davis from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs for her perspective on the importance of states and districts understanding the “why” behind collecting high-quality data—including how the data drive policy and decisionmaking. Be sure to join us, won’t you? This one’s going Platinum®.
Creating and Sustaining an Effective Partnership Between Delaware’s State Education Agency and the Parent Information Center
July 1, 2022 • 24 MIN
It's the age-old question: What’s the secret to a long-lasting, meaningful relationship? For Episode 5 of A Date with Data, we travel to the first state to find out. For 20 years, the Delaware Department of Education has partnered with the state’s Parent Information Center to better facilitate family engagement. How do these partners maintain their strong bond? Host Amy Bitterman sits down with Mary Ann Mieczkowski, Barbara Mazza, and Meedra Surratte to talk about collaboration, specific programs, and the importance of creating spaces where family voices can be heard. You don’t want to miss this engaging conversation.
Building a Culture of High-Quality IDEA Data in Wisconsin
June 13, 2022 • 17 MIN
Wisconsin is striving to embed IDEA data culture throughout the state’s Department of Public Instruction. Learn how Wisconsin is working to achieve a strong, shared data culture through initiatives such as collaborating with Title I and Every Student Succeeds Act staff to create joint federal notification reports and creating dashboards for districts to drill down into their data.
Implications of Changes to the SPP/APR and Stakeholder Engagement Requirements in Oklahoma
May 5, 2022 • 10 MIN
Amy chats with Ginger about building the capacity of districts and other stakeholders in Oklahoma to understand the changes to the SPP/APR and stakeholder engagement requirements. Ginger shares key strategies for engaging stakeholders in target setting.
How the Pandemic and Changes to the SPP/APR Affected Arkansas’s IDEA Data
May 5, 2022 • 18 MIN
In this episode, we throw a spotlight on the implications of both the pandemic and the changes to the SPP/APR for FFY 2020—2025 for Arkansas’s data quality, results, and trends. Jody and Amy discuss how Arkansas mitigated the data challenges it encountered due to the pandemic and SPP/APR changes. Jody also shares the state’s strategy for successfully communicating the changes to the data and the SPP/APR indicators to districts and other stakeholders.
Georgia’s IDEA Data Quality During the Pandemic
May 5, 2022 • 20 MIN
During our first episode, we explore how the pandemic affected Georgia’s Part B 618 and SPP/APR data trends and quality. The good news? It’s far from doom and gloom. Dawn and Linda highlight many bright spots, including how they have harnessed virtual technology to improve collaboration, connectivity, and stakeholder engagement. They also focus on the positive effects the pandemic has had on Georgia’s data culture.
Welcome to IDC's New Podcast: A Date with Data
April 20, 2022 • < 1 MIN
Welcome to 'A Date with Data'... Special education staff have been asking to hear from staff in other states and districts about what they’re doing that’s working and lessons they’ve learned, so we’re throwing a spotlight on your IDEA data stories. Join your host, Amy Bitterman, as she chats with state and district special education staff, who, just like you, are dealing with IDEA data every day.