It’s people closest to the work, within school communities - teachers, young people, families - who will be able to build the next generation of school data systems that they need.
We need more than just systems for counting numbers - we need ways to more deeply connect and tell our stories to tackle what matters for our students.
Student Insights started in one school in Somerville in 2014, trying to integrate data from different vendors’ data systems. We found right away that the technical side of data interoperability was the easy part - finding ways to grow and sustain student-centered practices was much harder, but more meaningful.
As we started working with more schools, we also shifted the way we worked. We focused less on the technology and more on the last mile of how our work could influence practice. This led to new kinds of opportunities, grounded in the core values of: seeing the whole child, student-centered narratives and embracing challenges around trust, access and privacy.
In 2018 we started collaborating with a group of students who design and build alongside us.