Afterschool programs and systems can benefit by connecting to a wide range of community partners, including school districts, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, and parent organizations. Data sharing agreements can be a focal point – but also a challenge – for this work. Data-sharing reflects a more formalized partnership that promotes a focus on shared outcomes. This webinar will describe possible avenues for expanding collaborations with community partners by showcasing two examples of afterschool systems that have developed meaningful connections to other systems with a focus on data sharing agreements. The webinar will highlight the rationale for building such linkages, both political and technical, and some successful strategies for advancing this work. Presenters include Chris Kingsley, Associate Director, Local Policy and Advocacy, Data Quality Campaign; Laura Hansen, Director, Information Management and Decision Support, Metro Nashville Public Schools; and Gene Chasin, Chief Operating Officer, Say Yes to Education.
Eugene Chasin, Chief Operating Officer, Say Yes to Education
Laura Hansen, Director, Information Management and Decision Support, Metro Nashville Public Schools
Chris Kingsley, Associate Director, Local Policy and Advocacy, Data Quality Campaign
Gene Chasin is the Chief Operating Officer of Say Yes to Education. In this role he leads the foundation’s academic efforts in Hartford, Philadelphia, Harlem, Syracuse, and Buffalo. Prior to coming to Say Yes to Education, Gene was the director of the Institute for Urban School Improvement at the University of Connecticut. The Institute served as home for two national school improvement organizations, one state based school support enterprise, and an extensive research agenda. He also served as CEO of Accelerated Schools, one of the largest, longest-lived, most-researched school reform models in the country. Before his involvement with national school improvement efforts, he served as a superintendent in Massachusetts and was an assistant superintendent in Durham, North Carolina. He also had an extensive administrative career serving in principalships at the elementary and middle school levels. Gene began his career as a teacher. He taught elementary school, special education, and served as a reading specialist. Gene earned a bachelor of arts degree in liberal studies and education from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and a master of arts degree from the University of San Francisco in educational administration.
Laura Hansen serves as Director for Information Management and Decision Support for Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS). She is responsible for establishing and supporting a strategic vision related to the utilization of data for information and decisionmaking by both the school district and community/city partners. Data governance and professional learning around the use of data are also focus areas of her office, as well as overseeing the district’s Data Quality and Integrity Office. The consolidation of data from disparate systems and the sharing of data across agencies and organizations that serve MNPS students and families are key strategies that Hansen champions in her efforts to improve outcomes for Nashville’s children and youth through a collective impact approach. Prior to taking on this position, Hansen spent two-and-a-half years as part of the Mayor’s Office, tasked with managing projects in support of the mayor’s education agenda. In addition, she served as coordinator for Nashville’s Child and Youth Master Plan, after facilitating the plan’s development by a 55-member taskforce made up of leaders from agencies and organizations throughout Nashville. Hansen spent six years at Metro Nashville Public Schools prior to joining the Mayor’s Office, in various roles related to professional development, project management, quality management, and continuous improvement. Hansen serves on the Operating Board for Alignment Nashville, the Board of Directors for the Exchange Club Family Center, and a number of city leadership councils, including those focused on the Child and Youth Master Plan, the Nashville AfterZone Alliance, Healthy Nashville initiatives, and the Education and Youth Resource Team for Nashville Next, the city’s 25-year planning process. She also chairs the MNPS Technology and Data Transformational Leadership Group and the Nashville Promise Neighborhood Data Workgroup. Hansen has a bachelor’s degree from Tennessee State University in interdisciplinary studies with concentrations in psychology and organizational leadership. She is a proud Air Force veteran and has three grown children and one grandchild with her husband of 27 years.
Chris Kingsley, Associate Director, Local Policy and Advocacy, leads the Data Quality Campaign’s state-local alignment efforts, helping state policymakers improve the availability and use of high-quality education data among local leaders working both inside and outside of schools to improve student success. Prior to joining DQC, Chris served as the principal associate for data initiatives with the National League of Cities Institute for Youth, Education, and Families, where he provided primary program leadership, research, and technical assistance to cities seeking to use data in new and more collaborative ways. Chris has authored reports on performance management, municipal social media strategies, citywide information systems design, and economic development. As a Watson Fellow, Chris studied telecommunications policy in Africa, India, and China. He is a graduate of Haverford College and the University of Pennsylvania.
Chief Operating Officer
320 Park Avenue, 21st Floor
New York, NY 10022
Director, Information Management and Decision Support
2601 Bransford Ave.
Nashville, TN 37204
Associate Director, Local Policy and Advocacy
250 H Street NW, Suite 825
Washington, DC 20005