With battle cries of “Digital on day one!,” districts launch into back-to-school planning around this time each year. But the pathway to a successful start to the new school year is littered with technical landmines. And they aren’t new problems—they happen every single year.
Thankfully, a new conversation focused on reimagining back-to-school is emerging. And if education technology touches your work, you’ll want to lean in, listen and take part.
In the spirit of change and growth (and smashing the endless frustrations that make us want to pull our hair out every July, August and September), a group of school technology leaders and edtech vendors came together at ClassLink’s inaugural Back To School Summit in May. The goal was to start a conversation around improving the back-to-school process—from a technology perspective. We talked openly (and pretty passionately) about nailing down that elusive perfect moment for a Student Information System (SIS) rollover, infuriating rostering snags, problematic technology PD and so much more.
Did we solve all the problems? Nope. But we took a crucial first step forward, naming common issues, considering how to tackle them and planning ways to continue the conversation.
Now, it’s time to expand the conversation. We’ll start by sharing the top takeaways from Classlink’s Back to School Summit. Then, we invite you to chime in.
Be part of the change. Add your voice to this conversation using the #rethinkbacktoschool hashtag. Don’t forget to tag @ClassLink so we can see all your great ideas and help keep the conversation going.
The 5 Biggest Back-to-School Blockers
1. Timing Your SIS Rollover
This is a big one. And some of the other issues listed here are tangled up in the SIS rollover, especially communication.