Stewart, Director of INsite, and Dhanawade, Data Architect, make up the INsite team at the IU School of Education, which includes a consortium of school districts. The consortium addresses a variety of data-related activities that school districts face, including
- Data quality and validation processes;
- Data visualization for use by administrators and teachers;
- Support for state reporting requirements;
- Negotiation with source system vendors; and
- Research partnerships with Indiana University faculty.
These activities are made possible and affordable by utilizing the Ed-Fi data standard and other modern technologies.
The Ed-Fi Alliance is a nonprofit organization and community of educators, technologists and advocates solving the data challenge in education today.
In 2018, the INsite staff won the Ed-Fi Rookie of the Year award. Now they’re honored as ambassadors through many projects and hours of work, including providing a series of webinars during the pandemic, participating in Ed-Fi working groups and partnering with two School of Education faculty and six member districts to facilitate pilot research projects utilizing data from these districts’ INsite Operational Data Stores.
According to Ed-Fi, “Stewart and Dhanawade have been instrumental in helping many education agencies in Indiana and New Mexico to begin the journey of interoperability. Both worked tirelessly to ensure successful implementations and have been open and willing to share everything that they have learned with the Indiana Department of Education.”