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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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  • 1. 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
    • 3. Back-to-school events
    • 4. Meeting vaccination deadlines
    There is no better time than Back2School for parents to get involved in all aspects of their child's academic success!
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    How Does Your District Get There?
    • Construct a communication strategy
    • 6. Engage with parents on their terms:
    • 7. Email, SMS, Voice Messages, Social Media
    • 8. Correspond in parents’ native language
    • 9. Share Important information related to academics
    • 10. Testing schedules
    • 11. Achievement and performance updates
    • 12. Changes in curriculum
    • 13. Important health updates
  • 4
    Blackboard Product Enhancements
    Integrated AlertNow and txttools
    messaging architecture
    Launched new applications
    Connect for Teachers
    Connect Integration Toolkit for Learn
    Delivered 1B+ messages
    Developed new features
    • FB/Twitter integration
    • 14. HTML emails
    • 15. Email attachments
    • 16. Weather Alerts
    • 17. Language Translations
    Connect 5.0
    Connect 5.2
    Connect 5.1
    Set new record: 19M+ messages in a single day
    545M voice calls
    153M emails
    4M SMS
    639M voice calls
    191M emails
    8M SMS
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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
  • 19. 6
    Blackboard Connect 5 – What is it?
    • A significant upgrade for Connect and AlertNow clients
    • 20. A proven and flexible messaging infrastructure
    • 21. New online environments for organizing leaders and the audiences they serve
    • 22. Dozens of enhancements designed to make communications more effective and parents, students and staff more responsive
  • 23. Proven Capacity to Deliver
    Same Connect Capacity and Flexibility
    Connecting Leadership and Communities
    Proven Capacity to Deliver
    • 4.4 million voice messages per hour
    • 24. 3 million emails per hour
    • 25. 2 million text messages per hour
  • 8
    What’s New in Connect 5?
    Simpler, more intuitive interface. Enhances ease-of-use and decreases training.
    Streamlined message workflow and pre-set scenario templates
    Access Portal
    Portal to help you deliver a more customized user experience
    Message targeting with enhanced geo-mapping and subscriptions
    Real-time reports provide better visibility into message delivery
    iPhone App
    iPhone® app allows you to send messages from anywhere
  • 26. 9
    Let’s See How Connect 5 Helps With Your Back-to-School Activities
  • 27. Back to School
    Using Blackboard Connect
    Don Mace
    Web Communications
  • 28. 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!”
  • 29. UCPS Vision
    Globalization – Innovation – Graduation
    Our Communication Strategy…
    Provide clear, effective, timely and accurate information
    Expand our sphere of influence
    Expand our web communications
  • 30. 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.
  • 31. 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
  • 32. 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!
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    Thank you for attending!
    Contact info for Union Public Schools
    Don Mace –
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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