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Blackboard Connect Webinar: Bring Your Parents Closer and Your Students Will Go Farther
 

Blackboard Connect Webinar: Bring Your Parents Closer and Your Students Will Go Farther

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These slides are from a Back2School webinar hosted by Blackboard Connect. Learn about important ways to get your parents involved in activities related to student achievement early in the school year. ...

These slides are from a Back2School webinar hosted by Blackboard Connect. Learn about important ways to get your parents involved in activities related to student achievement early in the school year.

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    Blackboard Connect Webinar: Bring Your Parents Closer and Your Students Will Go Farther Blackboard Connect Webinar: Bring Your Parents Closer and Your Students Will Go Farther Presentation Transcript

    • Bring Your ParentsCloser and Your Students Will Go FartherZach DemingClient Care Director, Blackboard ConnectDon MaceWeb Specialist, Union County Public Schools, NC
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      Positive Student Achievement
      Where does it start?
      Home - parental involvement is directly correlated to student achievement. The more parents are involved,
      the greater the chances for student success.
      What are important ways parents can get involved?
      • Parent-teacher meetings
      • Back-to-school events
      • Meeting vaccination deadlines
      There is no better time than Back2School for parents to get involved in all aspects of their child's academic success!
    • 3
      How Does Your District Get There?
      • Construct a communication strategy
      • Engage with parents on their terms:
      • Email, SMS, Voice Messages, Social Media
      • Correspond in parents’ native language
      • Share Important information related to academics
      • Testing schedules
      • Achievement and performance updates
      • Changes in curriculum
      • Important health updates
    • 4
      Blackboard Product Enhancements
      Integrated AlertNow and txttools
      Strengthened
      messaging architecture
      Launched new applications
      Connect for Teachers
      Connect Integration Toolkit for Learn
      Delivered 1B+ messages
      Developed new features
      • FB/Twitter integration
      • HTML emails
      • Email attachments
      • Weather Alerts
      • Language Translations
      Connect 5.0
      Connect 5.2
      Connect 5.1
      2011
      2009-2010
      Set new record: 19M+ messages in a single day
      2009
      545M voice calls
      153M emails
      4M SMS
      2010
      639M voice calls
      191M emails
      8M SMS
      4
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      “I need my administrators to be able to manage complex access levels and sites.”
      “I think a smartphone app would be a perfect addition to your program”
      “Maintaining contact info is a huge burden on our schools. A parent portal would be a HUGE benefit.”
      “I want parents to have the ability to set a time to receive outreach messages and attendance calls.”
      What are District Needs?
      K-12 client in Massachusetts
      K-12 client in Wyoming
      K-12 client in Kentucky
      K-12 client in Arizona
      5
    • 6
      Blackboard Connect 5 – What is it?
      • A significant upgrade for Connect and AlertNow clients
      • A proven and flexible messaging infrastructure
      • New online environments for organizing leaders and the audiences they serve
      • Dozens of enhancements designed to make communications more effective and parents, students and staff more responsive
      6
    • Proven Capacity to Deliver
      Same Connect Capacity and Flexibility
      Connecting Leadership and Communities
      Proven Capacity to Deliver
      • 4.4 million voice messages per hour
      • 3 million emails per hour
      • 2 million text messages per hour
    • 8
      What’s New in Connect 5?
      Interface
      Simpler, more intuitive interface. Enhances ease-of-use and decreases training.
      Templates
      Streamlined message workflow and pre-set scenario templates
      Access Portal
      Portal to help you deliver a more customized user experience
      Geo-mapping
      Message targeting with enhanced geo-mapping and subscriptions
      Reporting
      Real-time reports provide better visibility into message delivery
      iPhone App
      iPhone® app allows you to send messages from anywhere
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    • 9
      Let’s See How Connect 5 Helps With Your Back-to-School Activities
    • Back to School
      Using Blackboard Connect
      Don Mace
      Web Communications
      Coordinator
    • Who is UCPS?
      Union County Public Schools
      Union County, North Carolina (Monroe)
      40,000 students (53 schools) – 68% White, 14% Hispanic and 14% African American
      About 31% Free and Reduced Lunch
      5200 employees – 2900 licensed
      “Prepare All Students to Succeed!”
    • UCPS Vision
      Globalization – Innovation – Graduation
      Our Communication Strategy…
      Provide clear, effective, timely and accurate information
      Expand our sphere of influence
      Expand our web communications
    • Types of Communication
      Superintendent’s “Welcome Back!”
      Cafeteria Menu changes
      Open house, Orientation and school “Welcome Back!”
      Reminders about required paperwork, supply lists and vaccinations
      We use several avenues to present these.
    • Vaccination Communication
      Inform parents and the community about vaccination clinics available to them“…The Union County Health Department will be offering NC required kindergarten health assessments at the fair. The assessment includes all required immunizations. The cost will be $60 flat fee, cash or check only. A limited number of appointment slots are available. … The NC required Tdap will be available free to all rising 6th graders. Tdap for adults will be available at $40.00…”
      Keeping families informed and providing a cost effective vaccination alternative
      NC Immunization Requirements
      NC Immunization Law
    • Looking forward…
      We like …
      The Simpler Interface
      The Streamlined Message Center
      The Community Portal
      The Improved Message Targeting
      The Real-time Reports
      The Smartphone App
      …it all!
    • 16
      Q&A
      16
    • 17
      Thank you for attending!
      Contact info for Union Public Schools
      Don Mace – don.mace@ucps.k12.nc.us
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      Please contact us to upgrade to Connect 5:
      (888) 599-2720
      Not a part of the Bb Family? Join Today:
      (800) 424-9299
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