The A4L Community conducts the majority of its day-to-day work online via virtual meetings and webinars.  In addition, there are many face-to-face opportunities across the globe, including training, Annual Meetings and Community Days.

In-person meetings

We do not have any face-to-face meeting scheduled in the coming months.

'Showcase' webinars

We are delighted to be bringing the Vendor ‘Showcase’ webinars back for 2022.  Being held between March-November, these webinars aim to provide you with an opportunity to find out more about our members and their commitment to data management and data privacy.

More information coming soon…

Project Teams

The work of the volunteer Community is done by open invites to Project Teams.  Find out what is being worked on now and get involved…. should you be in them?

External Events

Here are a few of the external events that Staff and our Community members will be presenting at during 2022:

MAY 16


Jacksonville, FL

JUNE 9-12

SPOA’s National Conference on School Photography & Yearbooks

Houston, TX

JUNE 15- 16

Arkansas Ed Tech

JUNE 26- 29


New Orleans

AUG 8-12

STATS DC Data Conference


2-D: Looking to Align YOUR Data System with CEDS? Unity Gets You There!

Aug 8, 2022 – 2:00pm-3:00pm

Session Overview:  The latest version of the SIF Data Model Specification (North America) is called Unity —unifying the best of the old with the best of the new! The current Unity Data Model has an element-to-element mapping to CEDS (version 9) that covers all but 13 of the 133 extracts to populate Generate. It can save states hours of time, money and frustration!

3-C: A School CIO, Privacy Lawyer and Vendor Walk Into A Bar….

Aug 8, 2022 – 3:30pm-4:30pm

Session Overview:  Privacy issues still hinder tech adoption and teaching & learning – many times because the players have different roles to play. A lack of common understanding or requirements by vendors and customers leads to frustration no matter what role. This fun “local bar” setting session gives you concerns through a diverse set of lenses.

5-B: Oklahoma State Data System Modernization – Real World and Working in the Cloud

Aug 9, 2022 – 12:30pm-1:30pm

Session Overview:  Oklahoma has embarked on the modernization of their state data collection architecture. Come see how OK is leveraging and implementing multiple education standards and technologies, ideally for you to walk away from this session with roadmap of how to get there!

8-B: Modernizing a Statewide Student Information System and Data Collection Architecture

Aug 10, 2022 – 12:30pm-1:30pm

Session Overview:  Join Erik Friend from the Oklahoma State Department of Education and John Paul from the Wyoming Department of Education as they discuss modernizing their statewide data collections and student information systems. They will discuss how their states have implemented automated real-time collection of data from their districts and how the data is being prepared to populate other systems, such as Special Education and Learning Management Systems. The OKSDE recently moved to the cloud, and Erik will discuss the applications that are currently integrated along with future plans. They will discuss the issues/pain points and how they are each building modernized, cost-effective, and reliable data systems for Generate/CEDS through the use of readily available toolsets.

11-C: Data Certification for the Real World – Make Certification Simple for Your LEAs

Aug 11, 2022 – 12:30pm-1:30pm

Session Overview:  Join Susan Williams from the Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) as she discusses the state’s exciting new District Data Certification process and user tools.  Susan and WDE are leveraging the combination of an Operational Data Store (ODS) and Transactional Data Store (TDS) so that districts can automatically get all of the data they need for certifications. Changes in the data are automatically tracked as well. The new Data Certification tool gives users an automated and manual mode to do the work with their data throughout the certification period. In automatic mode, users only have to review changes that are automatically tracked in real-time from their SIS. The manual mode offers users a way to manage data that cannot come from their SIS or cannot be changed in their SIS. Users can easily switch between modes throughout the course of the certification period.

12-D: It’s Been 10 Years – Oklahoma State Department of Education Modernizing the SLDS

Aug 11, 2022 – 2:00pm-3:00pm

Session Overview:  I’ve had an SLDS for how long? How is that possible? In 2012 the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) was a recipient of an SLDS grant. Through this grant, OSDE created the WAVE, professional learning, and additional tools to meet the state’s goal of ensuring Oklahoma gathering, providing, and reporting timely, accurate, and meaningful data and the means to use that data effectively for decision-making and other systems. Oklahoma succeeded in meeting the goals and deliverables of the original SLDS grant, school districts have been submitting data through the WAVE, and OSDE has administered assessments and reporting. As technology has changed, a desire to modernize the existing system surfaced. After a year of analyzing the technology and infrastructure landscape, leadership and vision, governance, procurement, implementation fidelity, and privacy and security, OSDE has embarked on a significant modernization effort of the SLDS and numerous components. Come to this conversation to hear about: 1) The process the Oklahoma State Department of Education has undertaken in modernization efforts, 2) The current status of work, and  3) What’s next.

14-A: Modernizing Maine’s SLDS: Improving Access to Data Through CEDS and Data Visualizations

Aug 12, 2022 – 12:30pm-1:30pm

Session Overview:  The Maine Department of Education’s (DOE) vision for their modernized SLDS is centered around how to prepare its citizens to succeed, from early childhood through entering the workforce. Improving access to quality data is a critical component of informing legislative and policy decisions, as well as personal and professional decisions. The Maine DOE’s modernized SLDS will make data more easily available to all stakeholders, from policy makers to public citizens. This presentation will provide an update on this project, including an overview of the initial implementation of the CEDS Data Warehouse and a demonstration of the MVP data visualizations on Amazon QuickSight.

15-A: Leveraging a Statewide SIF Infrastructure for Seamless Generate Reporting

Aug 12, 2022 – 2:00pm-3:00pm

Session Overview:  The goal of Generate is to automate and simplify federal reporting by leveraging the CEDS data schema to store data and produce the necessary reports, and in turn, reducing manual intervention by SEA staff. CEDS and the Schools Interoperability Framework (SIF) data model have remained tightly aligned. For states that are using a statewide SIF infrastructure to support state reporting from their districts, they can seamlessly connect this SIF data flow right into their Generate implementation. States that are using a flat file reporting specification specific to their state or another standard for statewide data collection can also transform these data into the SIF specification, to align to CEDS and easily populate Generate. Iowa is currently in the process of implementing Generate, and presenters from Iowa will speak to that implementation process. Presenters from Cedar Labs and CIID will demonstrate a proof of concept that would align SIF with CEDS and facilitate a direct connection between the SIF infrastructure and Generate. Attendees will learn about Generate implementation as well as ideas and strategies for architecting a similar solution.

SEPT 18-22


Orlando, FL

OCT 19

Missouri K-HE Ed Tech

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