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  • ValueBlackboard Connect allows district leaders to enhance parental involvement through personalized notifications regarding their child’s educational experience.Validation Academic Performance (Honor Roll, Academic Probation) Extracurricular activities (College Night, PSAT, Student Body, Yearbooks)Trusted voice of school leadership beyond the classroom ProofLawndale Elementary School District has improved parental participation in fundraising , volunteer efforts and parental awareness of standardized test days.“Every time I use the Blackboard Connect service I appreciate the value that it brings to our district and our ability to get parents motivated and involved in their child’s education.”Dr. Joe Condon, SuperintendentLawndale Elementary School District
  • The Blackboard Connect for Teachers service allows direct, timely, automated communication to come directly from the classroom. Blackboard Connect for Teachers has the ability to:--Send messages in over 22 languages--Provide over an offering of over 100 constructive comments to parents regarding a child’s academic standing, conduct, participation, attendance and assesment.--Send targeted, student-specific informationThis tool helps district leaders by providing them with the resources to empower teachers to communicate easily with their students' families - in their home language - helping to improve parent involvement and student achievement in the classroom.

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  • 1. Engage and Involve Parents with Blackboard Connect
    Everett Public Schools
    Mary Waggoner
    Director of Communications
    Diane Bradford
    Executive Staff Assistant
    Traverse City Area Public Schools
    Alison Arnold
    Director of Communications
    RaeAnnFiebing
    Technology Training
    Specialist
  • 2. Mobile Education & Connectivity
    Multi-Modal Mass Communication
    Campus Commerce & Security
    Web Based Teaching & Learning
    Synchronous Learning & Collaboration
  • 3. 3
    Goals
    • Close the gap between the way students live and the way they learn
    • 4. Empower district leadership to communicate directly and effectively
    • 5. Engage parents in their child’s academic progress
    • 6. Deliver a 21st Century educational experience
  • 4
    Connecting Your District
    • Providing leadership to keep your schools safe and secure
    • 7. Improving your attendance and Enforcing Accountability
    • 8. Enhancing your students’ achievement with greater parental involvement
    • 9. Increasing funding
    • 10. Strengthening your educational continuity
  • 5
    Blackboard’s Mass Communication In Action
    • Fully-hosted communication and alert solution reaches millions in minutes through Voice, Email, SMS, Text, TTY, Wireless, and PDA capabilities
    • 11. Serves over 5,000 clients in K-12, Higher Education, and Government
    • 12. 500 million plus messages
    delivered in 2009
    • 99.99% uptime, serving:
    • 13. 1 in 3 K-12 students
    • 14. 1 in 6 Higher Ed students
    • 15. 10.5 million+ citizens
  • 6
    The Best Service for Your District
  • 16. 7
    Parental Involvement – Critical to Your Success
    • Academic Performance
    Honor Roll and Academic Probation
    • Extracurricular activities
    College Night, PSAT, Student Body, Yearbooks)
    • Trusted voice of the district
    Leadership beyond the classroom
  • 17. Blackboard Connect for Teachers™
    Empowers teachers to communicate easily with students' families - in their home language - helping to improve parent involvement and student achievement in the classroom.
  • 18. Everett Public SchoolsEverett, WA
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  • 19. Everett Public Schools
    Blackboard Connect
  • 20. Ensure each student learns to high standards
    Everett Public Schools statistics
    26 schools
    Over 18,000 students
    About 2,000 staff
  • 21. Ensure each student learns to high standards
    Got “ConnectED” in 2005
    Began using in 2005 for emergencies
    Added attendance notification in 2006
    Outreach messages increased significantly since 2006 – now are 55% of messages
    Sent 5,595 unique phone calls last school year
    597,024 total phones called last school year
  • 22. Ensure each student learns to high standards
    How we use Blackboard Connect
    Daily attendance calls
    Use follow up outreach call for excused absences
    Emergency messages
    Community outreach for
    event and early release reminders
    pass/fail status for athletics eligibility
    Free and reduced lunch notification
    Email newsletters
    Fees owed
    Classroom/teacher assignments
  • 23. Ensure each student learns to high standards
    What people are saying
    School staff reports
    Increased attendance, or at least, decreased unexcused absences
    Increased parent involvement
    Saves money, time and resources by reducing letters and postage
    Food and Nutrition alone saved approx. $1,800 in Sept. by using Blackboard Connect to send free/reduced letters.
  • 24. Ensure each student learns to high standards
    Where we are going
    Beginning to implement Connect for Teachers with 7 schools as “early adopters” this year
    Anticipate it will become a systemwide communication tool
  • 25. Ensure each student learns to high standards
    Mary Waggoner
    MWaggoner@everettsd.org
    Director of Communications
    Diane Bradford
    DBradford@everettsd.org
    Executive Staff Assistant
  • 26. Ensure each student learns to high standards
    Parental Feedback
    Louise Uriu
    Parent in Everett Public Schools
  • 27. Traverse City Area Public SchoolsTraverse City, MI
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  • 28. Traverse City Area Public Schools
    Increasing Parental Involvement Through AlertNow
  • 29. TCAPS Demographics
    Located in Traverse City, Michigan at the southern end of West Grand Traverse Bay
    Nearly 10,000 students in 18 schools
    300-square-mile boundary within 5 counties
    Over 1400 employees
    34% free and reduced lunch
  • 30. 2008-2011 District Communications Goal
    All communication will increase support and engagement among students, staff, parents, and community for improved relationships and student achievement.
  • 31. AlertNow in TCAPS
    Launched AlertNow in 2008
    Driving factors for decision:
    Support Board initiated communications goal
    Increase enrollment by debunking the notion that “larger schools mean less communication”
    Build school-home relationships and increase parental awareness to support student achievement
  • 32. How AlertNow is Used
    Attendance Calling in High Schools
    H1N1 School Closures
    Testing, Registration, Conferences, & Other Event Reminders
    Bus Delays
    Calls for Volunteering Opportunity
    Implementation of new Bus Routing
    PD for staff / Trips Available for Bus Drivers
  • 33. Parental Feedback
    “Just wanted to say..Fantastic! Great way to communicate. Feel like I’m in the loop now! What a great tool for us all!
    “I really appreciated this message. Both my daughters are in high school so I don’t always get the information any more.”
  • 34. Parental Feedback
    Denise Timm
    Parent in Traverse City Area Public Schools
  • 35. Alison Arnold, Director of Communications, Marketing, and Volunteer Servicesarnoldal@tcaps.net | 231-933-8995
    RaeAnn Fiebing, Communications Technology Training Specialistfiebingra@tcaps.net | 231-933-1794
  • 36. Discussion & Questions?
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  • 37. Thank you!
    Blackboard Connect
    www.blackboard.com/connectfork12
    (800) 424-9299 ext. 4
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