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2023 PDE Data Summit

Understanding Your Data: Uplifting Students, Classrooms, and Schools

The 2023 PDE Data Summit will be held at the Hershey Lodge & Convention Center. Participants will have opportunities to learn, connect, ask questions, and discuss education data with school staff and leaders from across the state. Keynote speakers and breakout sessions will offer information, resources, and tools on a wide variety of topics, from reporting school data, improving data quality and making data-based decisions, to data governance, school improvement, cybersecurity, SEL, and more. Attendees will experience impactful professional learning opportunities, gain technical skills, and leave with a better understanding of their data and how it can be used to support and benefit the school communities they serve.

Summit Dates: March 27, 2023 - March 29, 2023

Event Location: Hershey Lodge 325 University Drive, Hershey, PA 17033
Hershey Lodge Accommodations: Reserve your Hotel Room

Official Event Hashtag: #PDEDataSummit2023

Keynote Presenters

​Monday ​Tuesday
Ms. Kerry Gallagher

Professor Nora Gordon
​Ms. Kerry Gallagher
​Professor Nora Gordon

Assistant Principal for Teaching and Learning at St. John’s Prep and Education Director for Connect Safely

Ms. Gallagher’s high energy and engaging keynote will combine great story-telling along with actional strategies for the audience to bring back to the school communities they serve.

​Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy

Co-author of Common-Sense Evidence: The Education Leader’s Guide to Using Data and Research

Prof. Gordon will use real-world cases provided by your colleagues to teach you how to focus general topics or questions into specifics that can be answered with data.

Main Topic Tracks

  1. Cybersecurity
  2. Special Education
  3. K-12 Continuous School/District Improvement
  4. PA Department of Education Guidance
  5. PIMS Administrators

Learning Objectives

  • Appreciate your role in supporting a culture of quality data
  • Recognize the impacts of cyber and data security practices to ensure confidentiality of student data
  • Understand the data you have to improve your school, the resources to make it happen, and the network to support you
  • Expand your knowledge of the tools, technology, and techniques to generate accurate and timely data
  • Increase your use of data-driven decision making, to improve school and educator performance

DQN Data Governance Award of Excellence

The Data Quality Network would like to acknowledge outstanding contributions to the quality of data within Pennsylvania schools. The award will be presented to honor a member of a data governance team who has exhibited dedication, leadership, and commitment to the establishment and growth of data governance either within their organization or on a regional or statewide scale.

The DQN Data Governance Award of Excellence will again be presented at the annual Data Summit during Tuesday lunch. Make your nominations using the DQN DG AOE link, nominations open October 19, 2022 and end January 13, 2023.


  • 2022 - Lori Moyer, Conrad Weiser Area School District
  • 2021 - BJ Fialkovich, Propel Schools
  • 2020 - Brad Showers, Upper Adams School District
  • 2019 - Mary Ann Calderone, PA Distance Learning Charter School
  • 2018 - Donna Loy, Hempfield Area School District
  • 2017 - Diane Szader, Wallenpaupack Area School District

Data Summit Volunteer of the Year

The Data Summit Team would like to recognize one volunteer per year that goes above and beyond to help plan and organize this year's event. The volunteer team is selected from a pool of applicants, and this award honors just one individual out this engaged and dedicated group.


  • 2021 - Stacey McCreary, Chester County IU 24
  • 2019 - Anita Danielson, Seneca Highlands IU 9; Danielle Stanislawczyk, Delaware County IU 25; Marsha Hughes, Beaver Valley IU 27
  • 2018 - Sabrina Dalusio, Montgomery County IU 23
  • 2017 - Greg Hess, Lancaster-Lebanon IU 13

Attendee Cancellation and Refund Policy:

Refunds (minus a $25 administrative/processing fee will be granted to registrants who cancel by email at at least 20 business days prior to the event. Cancellation notices must be received by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, February 24, 2023, to receive a refund.

Refunds will not be provided to registrants who neither cancel nor attend the event. Confirmed registrants who are unable to attend the event may send a substitute in their place at no additional cost. Substitution information must be received by the Pennsylvania Department of Education ( two full business days (Wednesday, March 22, 2023) before the start of the event.