October ended in a big way! Not only did we launch our product statewide, but we had the chance to travel to Austin and be a part of the Ed-Fi Summit.
There, we met new Ambassadors, who will speak with districts and charter schools, guide them through our processes, and explain our applications. Each new team member is excited to share their knowledge and show how data can change how educators work on campus and in the classroom.
The Exchange team took the stage at the Ed-Fi Summit to speak on areas where they are subject matter experts. From building the technical components to how we communicate, our team gave real insights into the work that has the potential to transform Texas.
Exchange Director Jerry Lashley sat on a panel with incredible education, data, and interoperability leaders. We heard from the 2022-2023 Texas Teacher of the Year, Shelley Jeoffroy, about the real need for useful data in the classroom but the incredible time crunch our educators face each day. “The most critical resource is time. Despite the mountain of challenges we face, there are great opportunities to bring all the pieces together,” says Jeoffroy. She gave real-time insight into how it could help her in the classroom.
“We can get lost in the numbers, so when you have a dashboard that anyone can look at and make sense of or understand, that’s huge," says the Dean of Students at Texas A&M International, Dr. James O’Meara. He highlighted the work of the Texas Teacher Pipeline and how that project has impacted his students moving into their careers.
The Exchange as a Solution
We heard how work on ESC-created applications, like CCMR Insights, can make a difference for educators across the state. “I have this data, I want to use this data, but I don’t have time to figure it out," said Denay Taylor with CCMR Insights. She explained how the product uses the Ed-Fi Data Standard to find grant money districts and charter schools could miss.
The Texas Education Exchange allows all these pieces to come together in one location, making it easy for all looking to access intelligible data. “Time is a critical resource for our teachers, especially post-COVID. If we can free up 30, 45, 60 minutes for a teacher a week, that can impact the classroom,” says Exchange Director Jerry Lashley.