Gurel Lecture on Education to focus on using data to boost achievement

Aimee Rogstad Guidera, executive director of the National Data Quality Campaign (DQC), will deliver Clark University’s  2011 Lee Gurel Lecture on Education, “From Dartboards to Dashboards: The Imperative of Using Data to Improve Student Achievement.” The lecture will take place at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3, in Tilton Hall, 2nd floor of the Higgins University Center, 950 Main Street.

Guidera founded the DCQ in 2005 with the aim of improving the quality, accessibility and use of education data.  Her lecture will reinforce her stance that intelligent use of data is critical to America’s schools and student achievement.

Prior to launching the DCQ, Guidera served as the director of the Washington, D.C. office of the National Center for Educational Accountability. She spent eight years at the National Business Alliance (NAB) as vice president of programs. There she managed the Business Coalition Network, comprised of over 1,000 business led coalitions focused on improving education in communities across the country. Prior to joining the Alliance, Guidera focused on school readiness, academic standards, education goals and accountability systems while in the Center for Best Practices at the National Governors Association.  She taught for the Japanese Ministry of Education in five Hiroshima high schools where she interviewed educators and studied the Japanese education system.

Guidera holds a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs.

This lecture is free and open to the public. For more information contact Lisa Coakley at 508-421-3872 or

This lecture is the second one to receive funding from the Endowed Education Fund established by Lee Gurel’48 in 2009. Gurel gave $500,000 to Clark for the purpose of "sharing the secret" of the University’s model of effective urban education.  Part of Gurel’s gift, The Lee Gurel ’48 Speakers Fund, is set aside to fund opportunities for high-level discussions  and workshops on issues pertaining to education.  The lecture is co-sponsored by Mosakowski  Institute for Public Enterprise and the Jacob Hiatt Center for Urban Education.

Since its founding in 1887, Clark University in Worcester, Mass., has a history of  challenging convention. As an innovative liberal arts college and research university, Clark’s world-class faculty leads a community of creative thinkers  and passionate doers and offers a range of expertise. Clark is nationally  recognized in the areas of psychology, geography, management, urban education, Holocaust and genocide studies, environmental studies, and international  development and social change. Clark’s students, faculty and alumni embody the  Clark motto: Challenge convention. Change our world.