Press Release

Using Education Data Towards Equity

The way states fund public schools in this country results in deep inequities along racial and economic lines. EdBuild was an organization that defined school funding problems and illustrated solutions, and when they closed their doors this July, they made their tools available for journalists, researchers, and advocates.

Bellwether Education Partners is pleased to host two trainings with Sara Hodges, former Director of Data and Visualizations at EdBuild, on how to use these resources and keep equity at the forefront of education research. The second training requires an application due to limited slots — see more information below.

EdBuild’s Data Sources and Resources
Tuesday, December 1st, 1 – 3 p.m. ET

Understanding the inequitable geography of education funding is more important than ever. This training offers a deep-dive into education finance and demographics data at the school district level and an overview of how to use EdBuild’s open source data and tools in the context of looming state budget cuts. This training is intended for researchers, advocates, and journalists of all data skill levels, but some amount of data curiosity is required.

Register for this training here.

Intro to R for K-12 Education Research
Wednesday, December 2nd, 1 – 4 p.m. ET

This hands-on training covers how to use R, an open-source software package, for education research. Participants will walk through the basics of importing data, processing it into datasets, answering simple research questions, and exporting the results. Participants will leave knowing how to do a small data project in R from start to finish using EdBuild’s two R packages. This training is intended for researchers, advocates, and journalists who are R-curious, ranging from no experience whatsoever to basic R skills. Participants will need to install R and R-Studio on their computers before attending.

About the Facilitator

Sara Hodges is a geographer, a cartographer, a data scientist, and a data visualization developer. For five years, she led a team of data analysts and web developers at EdBuild, an innovative nonprofit that exhaustively researched education finance issues across the country, redefined systemic education finance problems, modeled their impacts, and provided real solutions. Her team’s work was covered by CityLab, Essence, NPR, PBS NewsHour, The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Vox. It was submitted in at least two federal court cases, and cited in numerous academic papers and law review articles. Prior to EdBuild, Sara had an environmental research and mapping consultancy that focused on climate change impacts and mitigation.

Registration and Questions

To register for the December 1st training, simply click here. You will receive a Zoom confirmation email within 1-2 business days.

The December 2nd training has limited slots, so please fill out the form below to apply. Applicants will be notified by November 20th, after which Bellwether will follow up with additional details and instructions.

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