2018 Data Conference – April 16-17, 2018

Bridging Connections: NSSRS to ADVISER

Click here to view the NSSRS to ADVISER Roadmap

In 2007, the Nebraska Student and Staff Record System (NSSRS) was implemented as the Nebraska Department of Education’s first system to collect individual, student-level data from Nebraska public school districts. A decade later, Nebraska is capitalizing on more current technologies by upgrading to a new system designed to enhance data efficacy, minimizing reporting burden through automation, and provide support for teaching and learning. This system is known as ADVISER. The term/acronym ADVISER is used to describe the overall program and stands for Advanced Data Views Improving Student Educational Response.

Why a state data conference for educators?

A smooth experience for collecting, maintaining, using and reporting high-quality data is central to the efficient operation of the Nebraska education enterprise. Educators and school staff who are on the front lines of data collection and reporting often do not have opportunities to attend conferences and network with persons in similar positions in other schools or Educational Service Units (ESUs). This conference will provide opportunities to learn about the transition from NSSRS to ADVISER, as well as hear from national, state and local experts about the latest policies and techniques in education data.

What are the goals of the conference?

This conference will provide practical information to those on the front lines of data collection, data use and reporting. There will be plenary and breakout sessions that will focus on how to help ESU and local school staff ensure a successful transition from NSSRS to ADVISER. In addition, there will be more breakout sessions focused on how school staff can do their jobs better when it comes to data. Sessions will help local staff with: the transition to the ADVISER data system; staff data submission processes, assessment data collections; using the Grants Management System (GMS), overall data use for school improvement, AQuESTT-related information, and much more. Sessions will be scheduled with individual Student Information System (SIS) vendors. 

Who Should Attend?

This conference is open to all Nebraska Educators but the main audience are persons who work with the nuts and bolts of data collection, data use and reporting. Depending on the ESU, district or system this might include principals, data stewards, technology directors, curriculum directors, professional developers, bookkeepers, secretaries and superintendents. School districts and ESUs are encouraged to send teams to the conference to maximize opportunities for professional learning that will benefit their students and schools. Data quality is a team effort.


Monday, April 16, 2018

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm = Opening Remarks and Introduction – Dr. Dean Folkers; Keynote – Maureen Wentworth, Ed-Fi Alliance
1:30 pm – 1:45 pm = Break I
1:45 pm – 2:45 pm = Plenary Session I – NSSRS to ADVISER
2:45 pm – 3:00 pm = Break II
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm = Plenary Session II – NSSRS to ADVISER
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm = Hands-On Session: Data Review, Validation and Verification
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm = Reception


Tuesday, April 17, 2018

7:30 am – 8:30 am = Registration / Breakfast
8:30 am – 9:30 am = Remarks and Introductions – Dr. Dean Folkers; Keynote – Dr. Matthew Blomstedt and Dr. Lee Jenkins
9:30 am – 9:45 am = Break I
9:45 am – 10:45 am = Breakout Session I
11:00 am – 12:00 pm = Breakout Session II
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm = Lunch / Introduction – Dr. Dean Folkers; Keynote – Jami O’Toole, Michael & Susan Dell Foundation
1:45 pm – 2:45 pm = Breakout Session III
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm = Breakout Session IV

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Conference At-A-Glance
Session Description

Location: Younes Conference Center, 416 Talmadge Road, Kearney, NE 
Cost: $130
Sponsors: Nebraska Department of Education & Nebraska Council of School Administrators
 Conference Registration:  Click here to register for the conference
 Hotel Information:  Click here for Hotel information
 Exhibitors:  Coming Soon
 Contact:  Debe Dockhorn