Illuminations and Insights

We shine a light on our partners, the work we've done across the country, and insights from our team members.

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Student assets during COVID-19: The role of social-emotional learning and school climate in students’ academic progress during COVID

We analyzed data from K-12 public schools funded by NewSchools Venture Fund to examine longitudinal changes in students’ social-emotional learning (SEL) and school culture/climate (CC) survey measures, along with academic growth. In this blog, we summarize findings of our exploration of whether SEL and CC served as a protective factor against academic learning lag during COVID-19.
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Enable Data Union: How we explored and selected a licensing approach to make our codebase open

Enable Data Union (EDU) is our open framework for analytics and data warehousing based on the Ed-Fi data standard. We are excited to be publicly releasing code and documentation for EDU at www.enabledataunion.org. In this article, we explain our reasoning for choosing to release this code under the PolyForm Noncommercial License. This license allows for noncommercial use, including any use by education agencies, non-profit organizations, and government agencies.
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StartingBlocks and Lego: Building a grounded approach to data modernization

Much like working with Lego blocks, building modern data infrastructure in education requires not just having a vision or set of goals, but also organizing the component pieces in ways aligned to those goals. In this blog, we describe lessons learned from working with districts and states to implement Ed-Fi and discuss how our StartingBlocks product is helping education agencies realize a grounded approach to modernizing education technology.
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A collaborative state strategy for SLDS 2.0: A call to action

20 years of technology development and large-scale implementation of Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems (SLDS) have generated a wealth of knowledge, strategies, and successes, which will be invaluable to the next phase of SLDS work. In this blog, EA's CEO Andrew Rice lays out a vision for a collaborative state strategy for the next generation of SLDS that leverages the idea of a reference software build. The blog summarizes the policy and technological trends that have brought us to the field's current state and proposes a collaborative strategy to realize the promise and potential of the next version of SLDS.
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Shaping the next generation: The history and impact of the internship program at EA

Education Analytics welcomes a new group of interns every summer to support various teams and projects at our organization. Interns receive relevant training, mentoring, and hands-on experience that enables them to find success not only at EA, but also in their professional careers. In this blog, we describe our internship program, discuss the goals for both the interns and the organization, and highlight this cohort’s summer projects.
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Introducing Enable Data Union, an open framework for analytics and data warehousing with Ed-Fi data

Enable Data Union (EDU) is open software for an Ed-Fi data warehouse solution and a community we are developing to share ideas, experiences, and code among education agencies. Stadium is a hosted version of this product provided by Education Analytics. In this blog, we highlight why this solution is needed, describe our philosophy around its development, and provide details on the EDU and Stadium products.