Mariner and Microsoft Offer Second Interactive Web Series for K-12 Educators

Monthly Four-part Series Provides Insight into Data-Driven Initiatives

January 6, 2010 – Charlotte, NC – Mariner and Microsoft invite school district and Department of Education leaders to a series of Web sessions, beginning January 19, 2010 and continuing through April 20, 2010. The series, entitled “Managing for Performance: From the School to the State House,” highlights education analytics that improve student achievement and are the backbone of data-driven initiatives in K-12 organizations across the country.

The speakers, including innovative K-12 leaders from several school districts and a state DOE, will share the experiences and knowledge that they have gained in their data-driven and performance management initiatives with Mariner Education Division’s guidance. Scheduled for the third Tuesday of each month from 11:00-11:30a.m. (EST), the sessions will provide participants with an opportunity to interact with school district and Department of Education leaders to learn about strategies to improve student achievement, transparency and accountability. Registration for one or more of the Web Series sessions is available at:

“The effective use of data is essential to the success of managing for performance,” said David “Fitz” Fitzgerald, Mariner’s Education Practice Manager and one of the Web Series’ featured speakers. “We’ve learned from our experiences with districts and DOEs that teachers and principals need easy access to data views and education analytics to drive improvements in instruction and student outcomes.”

“It has never been more important for schools to acquire rich data transparency and education analytics solutions to help drive student achievement, test scores and curriculum needs that will help educators map to state standards and students’ career aspirations,” said Anthony Salcito, vice president of worldwide education at Microsoft Corp. “Having that repository and toolset is going to be the key priority for schools as they strive for innovation and transformation in the classroom.”

This is the second Web Series in which Mariner Education and Microsoft have showcased K-12 organizational leaders to their peers who have interest in similar initiatives. The first series focused on the District Data Dashboard implemented by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and was held in the spring of 2009. It generated tremendous interest from school district administrators and educational leaders in the United States and around the world.

District and Department of Education leaders of all levels are encouraged to participate in the series to gain insight into the most effective applications of performance management for classrooms, schools, districts and DOEs.

Web series details:

January 19
The Strategic Planning Process: How to Get Started
Dr. Gregory Firn, Superintendent, Anson County Schools
Dr. Firn is recognized as a leader in improving education, instituting new ideas for all phases of educational programs from curriculum to sports programs and redistricting.

February 16
From Strategy to Students: Realizing the Visions
Jonathan Raymond, Superintendent, Sacramento Unified School District
Mr. Raymond, advocate and practitioner of data-driven decision making, draws from a powerful combination of wide-ranging and relevant professional experience and a strong commitment to diversity, students, parents, and community engagement in his district leadership role.

March 16
Managing the Performance: School Improvement Plans
David “Fitz” Fitzgerald, Education Practice Manager, Mariner
With more than 25 years of experience in performance management, business intelligence and productivity improvements for organizations in the healthcare, education, manufacturing and financial services industries, Mr. Fitzgerald leads performance management projects with Mariner's customers in the education sector.

April 20
Understanding Student Achievement over the Long-term through Student Longitudinal Data Systems (SLDSs)
Irene Koffink, Project Manager, New Hampshire Department of Education
Ms. Koffink leads one of the country’s most aggressive DOE initiatives for improved student achievement through performance management and data-driven decisions making in its Initiative for Student Empowerment and Excellence.
To sign up for one or more sessions in this web series please go to:

About Mariner
Mariner, Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner of the Year for 2008 in Performance Management Solutions and TDWI’s Best Practices Award Implementation Partner for 2009, specializes in business intelligence, data warehousing, business scorecards and performance dashboards to help clients improve productivity and decision making in a variety of industries including the education, utility and healthcare sectors. As a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner with specializations in Business Intelligence and Performance Management Solutions, Mariner helps organizations translate strategy into action. Mariner-Realizing Visions with Technology.

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