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2021 PDE Data Summit

Education in the Digital World

The Pennsylvania Department of Education’s (PDE) 2021 Data Summit will be held virtually via Zoom and all sessions will be offered for free. Participants will continue to have opportunities to learn, connect, ask questions, and discuss education data with school staff and educators 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, to distance learning, to equity and inclusion, to improving data quality, making data decisions and more. Our goal is for attendees to experience impactful professional learning opportunities, gain technical skills, and leave with a better understanding of data and how it can be used to support and benefit the school communities they serve.

Summit Dates: Monday, March 22nd to Wednesday, March 24th, 2021

Official Hashtag: #PDEDataSummit2021

Keynote Presenters

Monday, March 22 - 8:30 am
Noe Ortega: Acting Secretary
Pennsylvania Department of Education
"News from Noe: Meet PDE's New Secretary of Education"

Tuesday, March 23 - 8:30 am
Jonathan Mooney: Author, Speaker, and Advocate
Harry Truman Scholar for Public Service
Advocate Award Winner from the Lab School in Washington, DC.
"Normal Sucks: How to Live, Learn, and Thrive Outside the Lines"

Wednesday, March 24 - 8:30 am
Steven Hernandez: CISO
Director, Information Assurance Services
US Department Of Education
"Evolving Cybersecurity Risk during COVID-19: A federal perspective on threat and risk management"

Main Topic Tracks

  • PIMS Collections & PIMS Administrator
  • Online/Virtual Learning & Cybersecurity
  • Equity, Inclusion, & SEL
  • Data Use & Visualization
  • Data Teams & Data Quality
  • Special Education
  • Future Ready & ESSA

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.


  • 2019 - Mary Ann Calderone, PA Distance Learning Charter School
  • 2018 - Donna Loy, Hempfield Area SD
  • 2017 - Diane Szader, Wallenpaupack Area SD

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.


  • 2019 -Anita Danielson, Seneca Highlands IU 9; Danielle Stanislawczyk, Delaware County IU 25; Marsha Hughes, Beaver Valley IU 27
  • 2018 - Sabrina Dalusio, Montgomery County IU23
  • 2017 - Greg Hess, Lancaster-Lebanon IU13