Wednesday, March 12, 2014

WISEdash Webinar Tomorrow

Using WISEdash to Understand Young Patrons as Students

Customize your library’s programs and services for children, teens, and families by discovering what’s happening in the district, grade levels, and schools in your area. Explore data related to academic performance in reading and math as well as enrollment groups such as economic, disability, ELL, and migrant status.  Find out how to capture data for use on applications and reports that require identification of library demographics.

Youth services librarians and public library directors are encouraged to attend this informative and instructive webinar about WISEdash Public Portal.  WISEdash is a data portal that uses "dashboards," or visual collections of graphs and tables, to provide multi-year education data about Wisconsin schools.  As a public reporting tool, WISEdash is used by districts, schools, parents, researchers, media, and other community members to view data published by Department of Public Instruction. Webinar participants will participate in a guided exploration to gain an overview of WISEdash as well as examine search techniques.

Date: Thursday, March 13, 2014 12:00-1:00pm
Presenters: DPI Division of Libraries & Technology staff Melissa Straw, Manager, Data Warehouse and Decision Support Team; Melanie McCalmont, Business Analyst, Data Warehouse and Decision Support Team; and Tessa Michaelson Schmidt, Youth and Special Services Consultant, Public Library Development Team. 

For more information about WISEdash, visit

The webinar will be recorded and posted online under “Professional Development” on the DPI Youth Services page:
No registration is required; simply join the Blackboard Collaborate session.  Note--Internet Explorer is the preferred browser for this platform (Java required). 
Blackboard Collaborate session:
  • Attendees who need telephone audio (versus VoIP) should use the conference number:
     1-877-820-7831 and enter participant passcode:  697156.
  • Test your system beforehand 
  • Blackboard Collaborate overview video
  • Blackboard Collaborate online support or phone (877) 382-2293

Tessa Michaelson Schmidt
Public Library Youth and Special Services Consultant
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

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