- Executive Director, EmpowerK12
Josh Boots is the Founder and Executive Director of EmpowerK12, a DC nonprofit supporting the implementation of data best practices across multiple education agencies in the District since 2013. Prior to starting EmpowerK12, Josh served in a variety of education roles in DC over the last 14 years, including teaching 7th grade math in a DC Public School, leading the KIPP DC data team as their first Data Director, and contributing as a member of OSSE’s Assessment & Accountability team.
Josh is recognized as a leader in DC assessment and data analytics. He has served on multiple school accountability system task forces and leads the EdFuel Data Professional Learning Community. He consults for multiple charter LEAs on their integrated data systems and for FOCUS on analytical projects. School leaders and teachers use the dashboards Josh creates to analyze student academic, behavior, attendance, and assessment trends. Josh has also consulted with MySchoolDC, the District’s common lottery system, on the creation of its first demand reports and data business rules.
EmpowerK12 is leading the organization of the new DC Data Collaborative, a consortium of 18 charter LEAs agreeing to share commonly stored datasets in order to gain advantages only big data analytics can provide while maintaining their unique small school models. Armed with additional data comparison points gathered throughout the academic year, leaders can focus on data-driven decisions to improve school-wide learning outcomes for all students.