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Color Your World With Quality Data

2019 PDE Data Summit

Agenda at a Glance (Excel)

The Pennsylvania Department of Education’s (PDE) annual Data Summit offers attendees an opportunity to learn, network, ask questions about, and discuss education data with peers and leaders from across the state and nation. Keynote speakers and breakout sessions are strategically coordinated to provide attendees with information, resources, and tools on a wide variety of topics that change each year. From data governance, to reporting school data, to improving data quality, to making data decisions and more, dozens of topics are explored at PDE’s Data Summit each year. Our goal is for each attendee to experience impactful professional learning opportunities, gain technical skills, and return to their school community with a better understanding of data and how they can use it to support and benefit the students they serve.

March 24th to 27th - Attendee Registration

Hotel Accommodations

The Hershey Lodge Data Summit room block is currently sold out.  There are many other local Hotels located near the Hershey Lodge to choose from.  Please click on Hotels in Hershey, PA to find your hotel and reserve a room.

Official Event Hashtag: #PDEDataSummit2019

Keynote Presenters

Sunday: Dr. Michael Corrigan, Associate Professor at Marshall University
Monday: Secretary Rivera and Deputy Secretary Stem, PA Department of Education
Tuesday: Dr. Cindy Moss, VP of Global STEM Initiatives for Discovery Education

Main Topic Tracks

  • Future Ready PA Index
  • PIMS Collections & PIMS Administrators
  • STEM Data & Programs
  • Data Use & Outcomes
  • Data Governance & Data Quality
  • Special Education
  • Technical Skills

Learning Objectives

  • Understand how your data is reflected in the Future Ready PA Index and what the major impacts are;
  • Use data to deepen a schoolwide culture that supports more focused and intentional instruction;
  • Learn about new tools and resources that will integrate and improve your data culture
  • Increase knowledge of the tools and techniques to generate quality and timely data
  • Build and support consistent policies, practices, and quality control in data governance
  • Increase the use of data-driven decision making to improve school 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. Nominations submitted here.


  • 2018 - Donna Loy, Hempfield Area SD
  • 2017 - Diane Szader, Wallenpaupack Area SD

The DQN Data Governance Award of Excellence will again be presented at the annual Data Summit.

PDE 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.


  • 2018 - Sabrina Dalusio, Montgomery County IU23
  • 2017 - Greg Hess, Lancaster-Lebanon IU13

Inclement Weather

Unless the Governor declares a State of Emergency, the PDE Data Summit will run as scheduled, regardless of weather. The cancelation policies found on the Attendee Information and Exhibitor Information pages will apply.

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 Monday, February 25, 2019, 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 (Thursday, March 20, 2019) before the start of the event.