Events: Evaluators (PLC Webinar)

Topic: Data Collection and Reporting: Showcasing MiBLSi's online project database for all levels of the system

Date: Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Eastern / 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Central / 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Mountain / 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Pacific

Anna Harms currently serves as the Evaluation and Research Coordinator for Michigan’s Integrated Behavior and Learning Support Initiative (MiBLSi). MiBLSi is a statewide initiative designed to support regional educational service agencies, districts, and schools in the development and implementation of evidence-based practices within a multi-tiered delivery system. In her current role Anna leads the design and implementation of internal evaluation for MiBLSi. She coordinates a team that provides support to local districts and schools around MTSS measurement and evaluation. Anna received her Ph.D. in School Psychology from Michigan State University.

Ron Oskam is an Application Developer with the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District (OAISD). His responsibilities include developing websites and reports and supporting the databases at OAISD. Ron has 19 years of experience at PEC Technologies as a Software Engineer. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Calvin College and is a Microsoft Certified Application Developer.

Patricia Gonzalez, OSEP

Description/Other Details
Helping schools to effectively use data for decision making is complex work during an era when schools frequently find themselves “data rich, information poor.” Perhaps the most common challenge that we have encountered in Michigan is how to best support schools to effectively AND efficiently analyze and summarize data in ways that lead to meaningful changes in instruction and ultimately result in improved student outcomes. Often, school teams spend so much of their time together attempting to synthesize data from multiple data systems and reports that time for planning is compromised. In this presentation Anna and Ron will discuss a collaborative effort to design a data system for Michigan’s Integrated Behavior and Learning Support Initiative (MiBLSi). The system is being designed with reporting features that will help schools to synthesize multiple sets of data very efficiently. The presentation will also include a demonstration of how the usability testing process is being applied to the development of MiBLSi’s Database (MiData).