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Blackboard Connect Webinar: Improve Parental Involvement with Blackboard Connect


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Blackboard Connect Webinar: Improve Parental Involvement with Blackboard Connect

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