Diana McFarland

Position title: Sun Prairie Area School District

Madison, WI

Diana McFarland is excited to return to UW-Madison as part of the first Masters in Learning Analytics cohort. Since originally graduating in 2009 with a double major in Early Childhood Education and Psychology, she has focused on raising her four children while maintaining a connection to the world of education through home daycare, substitute teaching, volunteer and parent leadership roles. Family engagement is the best predictor of student achievement and she has worked to strengthen the relationship between home and school for the children in her community. In her role as president of her local elementary school community organization she helps to plan and run all school family events and enrichment experiences for students, as well as participating in the district parent leadership council and committees regarding school boundaries and bell times. The analytics tools now being developed provide enormous potential for data driven change of our educational system. She is passionate about building a career on discovering and advocating for continued advancements in the world of education.