Our Observations at the 2015 ASBO Intl Trade Show in Dallas – Part 1

Last week, the Enlit team hit the road and miraculously arrived without a scratch in Dallas after a tenuous journey, avoiding the storms and Hurricane Patricia in the region. We are always excited to be a part of the annual ASBO Intl Conference, as it is a kind of reward for the work we’ve put in throughout the year. Having the chance to interact with many of the people we have been working with all in one place seems to generate energy that keeps us buzzing for quite awhile.
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Tradeshow in NMexicoWe have the opportunity to engage with so many leaders at once at this show, and each year, we seem to gather something new about the climate of data analytics and performance management at school districts. In our particular experience, we have noticed a few things we would like to share with you about some of the feedback, comments, concerns, and observations we have made about this show that may be insightful for grasping the climate of district analytics pervasive throughout the whole education community.
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We have observed throughout the last 5 years or so of attending this show, that the word about district analytics has been spreading. When we first started attending these trade shows, the idea of performance management and data analytics at districts wasn’t even
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considered within the realm of possibilities or conceivable realities. This idea has evolved though, and districts are realizing more than ever the potential of such a tool and system. If at the first show we attended folks were scratching their heads, today they are beginning to consider multiple companies to see which best fits their needs.
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We are ecstatic about the buzz created around data analytics, and are even more excited to see how these tools in-use are expanding the capabilities of district leaders to run more efficient and effective organizations that ultimately help students.
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Next blog, we will look at some specific observations and interactions with leaders that allude to the current state and direction of data analytics within the education industry.
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