Bring Your ParentsCloser and Your Students Will Go FartherZach DemingClient Care Director, Blackboard ConnectDon MaceWeb S...
2<br />Positive Student Achievement<br />Where does it start?<br />Home - parental involvement is directly correlated to 	...
 Back-to-school events
 Meeting vaccination deadlines	</li></ul>There is no better time than Back2School for parents to get involved in all aspec...
3<br />How Does Your District Get There?<br /><ul><li> 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 </li></li></ul><li>4<br />Blackboard Product Enhancements<br />Integrated AlertNow and txttools<...
 HTML emails
 Email attachments
 Weather Alerts
 Language Translations</li></ul>Connect 5.0<br />Connect 5.2<br />Connect 5.1<br />2011<br />2009-2010<br />Set new record...
5<br />“I need my administrators to be able to manage complex access levels and sites.”<br />“I think a smartphone app wou...
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Blackboard Connect Webinar: Bring Your Parents Closer and Your Students Will Go Farther

  1. 1. Bring Your ParentsCloser and Your Students Will Go FartherZach DemingClient Care Director, Blackboard ConnectDon MaceWeb Specialist, Union County Public Schools, NC<br />
  2. 2. 2<br />Positive Student Achievement<br />Where does it start?<br />Home - parental involvement is directly correlated to student achievement. The more parents are involved,<br /> the greater the chances for student success.<br />What are important ways parents can get involved?<br /><ul><li> Parent-teacher meetings
  3. 3. Back-to-school events
  4. 4. Meeting vaccination deadlines </li></ul>There is no better time than Back2School for parents to get involved in all aspects of their child's academic success!<br />
  5. 5. 3<br />How Does Your District Get There?<br /><ul><li> Construct a communication strategy
  6. 6. Engage with parents on their terms:
  7. 7. Email, SMS, Voice Messages, Social Media
  8. 8. Correspond in parents’ native language
  9. 9. Share Important information related to academics
  10. 10. Testing schedules
  11. 11. Achievement and performance updates
  12. 12. Changes in curriculum
  13. 13. Important health updates </li></li></ul><li>4<br />Blackboard Product Enhancements<br />Integrated AlertNow and txttools<br />Strengthened<br />messaging architecture<br />Launched new applications<br />Connect for Teachers<br /> Connect Integration Toolkit for Learn<br />Delivered 1B+ messages<br />Developed new features <br /><ul><li> FB/Twitter integration
  14. 14. HTML emails
  15. 15. Email attachments
  16. 16. Weather Alerts
  17. 17. Language Translations</li></ul>Connect 5.0<br />Connect 5.2<br />Connect 5.1<br />2011<br />2009-2010<br />Set new record: 19M+ messages in a single day<br />2009<br />545M voice calls<br />153M emails<br />4M SMS <br />2010<br />639M voice calls<br />191M emails<br />8M SMS <br />4<br />
  18. 18. 5<br />“I need my administrators to be able to manage complex access levels and sites.”<br />“I think a smartphone app would be a perfect addition to your program”<br />“Maintaining contact info is a huge burden on our schools. A parent portal would be a HUGE benefit.”<br />“I want parents to have the ability to set a time to receive outreach messages and attendance calls.”<br />What are District Needs?<br />K-12 client in Massachusetts<br />K-12 client in Wyoming<br />K-12 client in Kentucky<br />K-12 client in Arizona<br />5<br />
  19. 19. 6<br />Blackboard Connect 5 – What is it?<br /><ul><li>A significant upgrade for Connect and AlertNow clients
  20. 20. A proven and flexible messaging infrastructure
  21. 21. New online environments for organizing leaders and the audiences they serve
  22. 22. Dozens of enhancements designed to make communications more effective and parents, students and staff more responsive</li></ul>6<br />
  23. 23. Proven Capacity to Deliver<br />Same Connect Capacity and Flexibility<br />Connecting Leadership and Communities<br />Proven Capacity to Deliver<br /><ul><li>4.4 million voice messages per hour
  24. 24. 3 million emails per hour
  25. 25. 2 million text messages per hour</li></li></ul><li>8<br />What’s New in Connect 5?<br />Interface<br />Simpler, more intuitive interface. Enhances ease-of-use and decreases training.<br />Templates<br />Streamlined message workflow and pre-set scenario templates<br />Access Portal<br />Portal to help you deliver a more customized user experience<br />Geo-mapping<br />Message targeting with enhanced geo-mapping and subscriptions<br />Reporting<br />Real-time reports provide better visibility into message delivery<br />iPhone App<br />iPhone® app allows you to send messages from anywhere<br />8<br />
  26. 26. 9<br />Let’s See How Connect 5 Helps With Your Back-to-School Activities<br />
  27. 27. Back to School<br />Using Blackboard Connect<br />Don Mace<br />Web Communications<br />Coordinator<br />
  28. 28. Who is UCPS?<br />Union County Public Schools<br />Union County, North Carolina (Monroe)<br />40,000 students (53 schools) – 68% White, 14% Hispanic and 14% African American<br />About 31% Free and Reduced Lunch<br />5200 employees – 2900 licensed<br />“Prepare All Students to Succeed!”<br />
  29. 29. UCPS Vision<br />Globalization – Innovation – Graduation<br />Our Communication Strategy…<br />Provide clear, effective, timely and accurate information<br />Expand our sphere of influence<br />Expand our web communications<br />
  30. 30. Types of Communication<br />Superintendent’s “Welcome Back!”<br />Cafeteria Menu changes<br />Open house, Orientation and school “Welcome Back!”<br />Reminders about required paperwork, supply lists and vaccinations<br />We use several avenues to present these.<br />
  31. 31. Vaccination Communication<br />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…”<br />Keeping families informed and providing a cost effective vaccination alternative<br />NC Immunization Requirements<br />NC Immunization Law<br />
  32. 32. Looking forward…<br />We like …<br />The Simpler Interface<br />The Streamlined Message Center<br />The Community Portal<br />The Improved Message Targeting<br />The Real-time Reports<br />The Smartphone App<br />…it all!<br />
  33. 33. 16<br />Q&A<br />16<br />
  34. 34. 17<br />Thank you for attending!<br />Contact info for Union Public Schools<br />Don Mace – don.mace@ucps.k12.nc.us<br />17<br />
  35. 35. 18<br />Please contact us to upgrade to Connect 5: <br />(888) 599-2720<br />Not a part of the Bb Family? Join Today:<br />(800) 424-9299<br />18<br />
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