** Please register for this hybrid event at: https://forms.gle/f92Vd7tzkjxDux9a9 **

Data can be a crucial tool for understanding and managing our schools, and its analysis and interpretation have powerful consequences. The mission of Adelphi University’s NYC Schools Open Data Portal is to make open public school data in New York available to everyone interested in improving our schools, regardless of their technical background or familiarity with data analysis. To broaden the reach of this open data, we have two goals: help more people acquire the technical skills to effectively work with the data while also lowering the technical requirements to use the data.

In this hands-on session we will discuss the variety of open data available regarding schools, demonstrate the types of questions this data can help us explore, and help you get started writing your own simple (or complex) programs to analyze, visualize, and map this data.

For more information about the project, visit its Github page: https://github.com/adelphi-ed-tech/nycschools

The core project team for this project come from Adelphi University’s graduate programs in Computer Science Education, Applied Math, and Educational Technology.

School meals are an important source of nutrition for the approximately 1.1 million students who attend New York City’s public schools, especially for those students who come from very low-income households.

Since the 2017-2018 academic year, New York City has adopted universal free school lunch throughout the city’s more than 1,000 public elementary, middle and high schools. Despite the provision of free lunch (and free breakfast which has been available since the 2003-2004 academic year), the rate of childhood food insecurity in New York City tends to be higher than the overall NYC population, and school meal participation rates vary significantly from school to school, even within the same district and in areas of high potential need.

In this session, participants will hear from researchers at CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute and invited guests, including community advocates and students, on how data from NYC Open Data were used to develop a dashboard prototype to visualize school meal participation rates in NYC’s public schools.

The prototype was developed as part of a larger project to visualize aspects of food insecurity, in collaboration with a wide range of academic, government, and non-profit experts.

Participants who attend this session will also hear from a range of individuals with varying perspectives on factors influencing participation and discuss how we can utilize this information to better support initiatives to increase school meal participation.


  • Nevin Cohen, Director, CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute and Associate Professor, CUNY Graduate School of Public Health & Health Policy
  • Yvette Ng, PhD Student, CUNY Graduate School of Public Health & Health Policy and Research Assistant, CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute
  • Rositsa T. Ilieva, Director of Policy, CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute

Guest Respondents:

  • Liz Accles, Executive Director, Community Food Advocates
  • Anna Lilia Araiza, Director of Youth Leadership, Community Food Advocates
  • Faith Catherine Jones, ​Youth Food Advocate, Community Food Advocates
  • Yasmine Bonilla, ​Youth Food Advocate, Community Food Advocates
  • Ashley Yang, ​Youth Food Advocate, Community Food Advocates

Close out Open Data Week with us at NYC School of Data!

BetaNYC’s annual civic tech community conference invites New Yorkers to engage with the City’s technology, data and design communities during Open Data Week.

When: Saturday, March 18th
Where: CUNY School of Law
Tickets: Registration is required to attend!
View the Program: nycsodata23.sched.com

This year we will explore the many worlds of open data in NYC. There will be over 30 panel events, classroom-style discussions, trainings and workshops that cover open data and public interest technology topics like digital services, civic technology, analytics, smart cities, and open government.

You’re invited, whether you’re new to the community or well-acquainted! Spend the day with us improving your data skills, discovering tools and work by other New Yorkers, and making new connections.

NYC School of Data is organized by BetaNYC, with programming support from the NYC Office of Data Analytics and hosted by CUNY School of Law.

All tickets include breakfast, lunch and coffee/beverages. Thank you for contributing to help us cover the costs of producing a large event! Interested in volunteering?  Interested in a scholarship ticket? Need childcare? Work for Government? Read on…

Are you a student or looking for a scholarship or volunteer opportunity? There are a select number of student / scholarship / hardship tickets available. Tickets are $35 and we will prioritize traditionally underserved and underrepresented communities. You must apply by Wednesday, 15 March at 5:00 PM and register on Eventbrite by Thursday, 16 March at 8 AM. < https://betanyc.forms.fm/NYCsoData23-scholarship >.

For volunteer opportunities, learn more and apply via this form. If you have any questions, email us at < schoolofdata+vol@beta.nyc >.

Childcare: This year, we have contracted Broadway Babysitters for on-site child care. Parents must register their child(ren) before March 9th at 8 PM by selecting the Childcare Ticket. Childcare is free for ticket holders. All ages are accommodated. For your child(ren) to attend, please register to them via eventbrite; select the Childcare Ticket. For other questions, please email us at < schoolofdata+children@beta.nyc >.

Do you work for Government? If you work for government and want to purchase $55 tickets via a check or a purchase order (PO), government ticket opportunities close on Wednesday, 15 March by 5:00 PM. Please fill out this form or email < schoolofdata+govticket@beta.nyc >.