News and Events


July 29, 2014
Metadata Meetup and STATS-DC

For Immediate Release

        Contact: Rakia Wells

         Educational Systemics, Inc.



The Association of Educational Publishers Brings a Broad Community Together Interested In Creating and Using Education Metadata


July 28, 2014 --- The Association of Educational Publishers has announced a half-day Education Metadata Meetup taking place Wednesday July 30th at Google’s Washington, DC, headquarters. The intent of the event is to increase awareness among state and federal policy and funding agencies about the importance of describing instructional resources in such a way that they are more discoverable by educators and learners.


The Meetup will include a brief background on the importance of metadata and distributed metadata registries such as the Learning Registry, followed by a "show and tell" session featuring products or projects making use of these tools. 


That same afternoon at 4:30 p.m. Educational Systemics President, Michael Jay, and colleague Dave Gladney, will be presenting a separate session “ Improving Instruction by Putting Data to Work: Using Metadata to Address Student Needs” as part of the 2014 NCES STATS-DC Data Conference taking place in the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel.


Michael, an organizer of the Meetup, comments, “In order to address the needs of every student educators need to be able to find instructional strategies and associated resources to support learning based on how that student learns best. Associating educational resources ,books, video, websites, etc., with words and phrases that describe their instructional relevance is important as we move away from 'one size fits all' education to ensuring all students make academic progress."


The goal is to provide concrete examples of how instructional metadata is already being used to those who advise on the development of legislation to fund the development of instructional assets and those with programs that take advantage of those assets.


Michael elaborates, “In the Metadata Meetup we bring together some of the best thinkers around how best to tag instructional resources, technologies to use those tags, policy to support tags, and those who are creating instructional resources that need to be tagged. Our intent in to help all these stakeholders recognize that no instructional resources should be released into the wild without having been tagged first to support discoverability and fidelity of implementation."


The event will run from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., just prior to the 2014 NCES STATS-DC Data Conference. This conference is a great resource for professional networking, updates on federal and national activities affecting data collection and reporting, and information about the best new approaches in collecting, reporting, and using education statistics. 


Registration for the sponsored presentations and STATS-DC conference are free, and you can find more information here: 


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About Educational Systemics, Inc.:



Founded in 2001 and based in Bellingham, WA, Educational Systemics ( is committed to working with with institutions and corporations to create lasting change in how we learn and educate. Their diverse expertise includes educational and corporate leadership, market analysis, development, instructional design, and tested knowledge of all facets of K-12 education. This, coupled with a progressive yet pragmatic educational vision, generates success for their clients while contributing to educational improvement. Educational Systemics hosts a monthly internet radio show, Education Table Talk with Michael Jay ( that focuses on improving knowledge about critical education issues among those who serve pK-12 education.