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    Ensure the success of your K-12 mobile app

    Look for a school mobile app designed for K-12. Get our mobile app scorecard and compare before you buy.

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    Buyer's guide & rating tool

    To find the best website and community management system for your K-12 school district, you need to know what questions to ask potential providers. Download our Buyer’s Guide to get started.

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    David Meerman Scott on real-time PR for district administrators

    Author of Real-Time PR talks about practical ways to use the Internet, social media and mobile technologies to support two-way communication with your K-12 community.

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    Mobile apps and responsive design for K-12 school districts

    Mobile communications are essential for every K-12 school district these days. But it may take more than a school app to support the mobile expectations of your K-12 community. Find out why responsive Web design is critical to the success of your district’s mobile strategy.

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    Parent engagement and the Common Core

    Find out how to approach parents and clear up common misperceptions about the Common Core.

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Joplin Schools’ resiliency shines on their communications hub.

In May of 2011, the city of Joplin, Missouri was struck by a horrific EF-5 tornado that destroyed thousands of homes and businesses. It took the lives of 161 people, including seven Joplin Schools students and one staff member. The financial damages to district buildings were in excess of $100 million.

The key to Noblesville Schools community engagement? Third time’s the charm.

In the past seven years, Noblesville Schools in Indiana presented three different websites to their community – the first one was built in-house and quickly the district outgrew it. The second website was through a provider that did not live up to the district’s expectations, especially after it was bought out by a larger company. It was time to make a move. But this time, the district was not going to settle.

Finding of E-rate national survey on Web hosting

Report on findings from an E-rate national survey and data on the importance of E-rate funding for Web hosting services in K-12 school districts.

Teacher and classroom Web pages that drive family engagement

See how the right content, tools and resources can give parents a window into the classroom and support student achievement.

Buyer's guide to K-12 mobile apps

Today, accessing apps and data through mobile devices is commonplace, and if you want to effectively reach your K-12 community — especially parents — you’ll need to include mobile communications as part of your district’s engagement strategy. This Mobile App Buyer’s Guide will help you better understand what to look for in a mobile app for your K-12 school district.

Make your K-12 school a first choice for parents and students

Find out how to make your K-12 district or school a first choice for parents and students who may be "shopping" for a school as part of a school choice program.

Parent engagement and the Common Core

As challenged as K-12 educators might find themselves about the Common Core State Standards, parents are even more so. Proactive K-12 school districts are finding that the best approach to the situation is to actually approach the parents — clearing up many misconceptions along the way.

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Joplin Schools’ resiliency shines on their communications hub.

In May of 2011, the city of Joplin, Missouri was struck by a horrific EF-5 tornado that destroyed thousands of homes and businesses. It took the lives of 161 people, including seven Joplin Schools students and one staff member. The financial damages to district buildings were in excess of $100 million.

The key to Noblesville Schools community engagement? Third time’s the charm.

In the past seven years, Noblesville Schools in Indiana presented three different websites to their community – the first one was built in-house and quickly the district outgrew it. The second website was through a provider that did not live up to the district’s expectations, especially after it was bought out by a larger company. It was time to make a move. But this time, the district was not going to settle.

Mobile app scorecard

Ensure the success of your K-12 mobile app! Compare before you buy to make the choice that's right for your school district.

Mobile apps and responsive design for K-12 school districts

You've got options when it comes to implementing a mobile solution for your K-12 school district. But before you choose, you'll need to know what your K-12 community wants and needs when it comes to mobile communications.

Buyer's guide to K-12 mobile apps

Today, accessing apps and data through mobile devices is commonplace, and if you want to effectively reach your K-12 community — especially parents — you’ll need to include mobile communications as part of your district’s engagement strategy. This Mobile App Buyer’s Guide will help you better understand what to look for in a mobile app for your K-12 school district.

Marketing your new mobile app

Once you’ve got a mobile app for your district, how do you get your community to use it? Read on for tips on promoting your new mobile app in your K-12 community.

San Diego goes mobile

Bernie Rhinerson, Chief of Staff to the Superintendent for San Diego Unified School District, talks about the district’s new mobile app available on iTunes® and Google Play®.

Ready or not, here comes mobile

Looking to put a mobile strategy in place to meet the demands of mobile users in your K-12 school district? Here's how to get started.

Building capacity for home/school partnerships at the district, school and classroom levels

This graphic illustrates how using multiple communication channels, including mobile channels, can help build systemic and sustainable home/school partnerships.

Parent engagement and the Common Core

As challenged as K-12 educators might find themselves about the Common Core State Standards, parents are even more so. Proactive K-12 school districts are finding that the best approach to the situation is to actually approach the parents — clearing up many misconceptions along the way.

K-12 checklist for family involvement

Best practices to help you better engage parents and families to support student success.

Meet the new digital parents

A new group of digitally-proactive parents is emerging within the K-12 school community. Meet the new digital parents and find out how they’re driving change in the classroom and in school-to-home communications.

Communicating with digital parents

Today’s digital parents are driving change in the way K-12 school districts think about communication. Watch now to learn more about how and where to reach digital parents and what they want in school-to-home communication.

Involving digital parents in digital learning

Find out how digital parents are advocating for more effective use of technology in the classroom to personalize learning. We also explore real-world examples of how other K-12 districts are involving parents in digital learning.

Exploring digital parents' vision for 21st century learning

How you measure success when it comes to using technology for education will be largely determined by how well your vision aligns with that of digital parents. Find out what digital parents want and how to create a shared vision for digital tools in 21st century learning.

Parent engagement assessment

Take just five minutes to complete our free parent involvement assessment. You’ll find out what you could be doing better and learn about steps you can take now to improve your parent engagement efforts.

Engaging digital parents: A guide for K-12 school administrators

Find out how and where to reach this influential group of parents, including what they expect in school-to-home communications and digital tools for their child’s education.

Finding of E-rate national survey on Web hosting

Report on findings from an E-rate national survey and data on the importance of E-rate funding for Web hosting services in K-12 school districts.

Teacher pages increase parent support

“Parental effort is consistently associated with higher levels of achievement, and the magnitude of the effect of parental effort is substantial.” - Karen Smith Conway, professor of economics, University of New Hampshire.

Student Jordan Apple connects with teachers and peers

Jordan explains how she keeps in touch with classmates and teachers using the Web page she created in Centricity2.

Communicating across the school district

Dr. Marjorie Williams discusses how websites facilitate communication with all members of the her district.

Connect for success

Bring your entire K-12 community together to support your district’s goals.

Buyer's guide to website and content management systems

To find the best website and content management system for your K-12 school district, you need to know what questions to ask potential providers. Download our Buyer’s Guide to get started.

Teacher and classroom Web pages that drive family engagement

See how the right content, tools and resources can give parents a window into the classroom and support student achievement.

Make your K-12 school a first choice for parents and students

Find out how to make your K-12 district or school a first choice for parents and students who may be "shopping" for a school as part of a school choice program.

Using your website to manage your district brand

Every K-12 district is unique, with different needs and goals depending on the populations they serve. and every district has its strengths and weaknesses. but no matter how they differ, all districts need to effectively communicate what makes them special — they all need to tell their own story and project a positive image.

Ten best website practices to market your K-12 district

As the public’s demand for school information and transparency increases, websites have become the go-to resource for practically everything — from lunch menus and the latest news to Board of Education minutes and homework assignments.

Why K-12 school districts need a PR strategy and how to build one

From managing the storm of hazing allegations to a potential $8 million school bond mistake, school public information officers explain the importance of having a PR strategy for your K-12 school district.

Communicating in an emergency

Schoolwires interviewed customers impacted by Superstorm Sandy to find out how they kept their communities informed in the face of evacuations and loss of power.

David Meerman Scott on real-time marketing and PR

Author of The New Rules of Marketing & PR and Real-Time Marketing & PR, talks about practical ways district administrators can use the internet, social media and mobile technologies to support 2-way communication with their K-12 communities.

Managing social communications

Bernie Rhinerson, Chief of Staff and District Relations at San Diego Unified, discusses how the district keeps social communications fresh.

21st century PR strategies for K-12 district administrators

Find out about new PR strategies for your K-12 school district that you can use to influence, inform and engage your K-12 community.

Erin Nash - Fostering creativity through technology

Teacher Erin Nash of St. Joseph School District, Missouri, explains how technology promotes organization and creativity.

Creating a safe social learning environment

This white paper outlines the potential issues associated with open social media sites and provides examples of the policies, best practices and technologies that districts are leveraging to create safe social learning environments.

Defining the emerging role of social learning tools

Each year, Project Tomorrow®, a national education nonprofit organization, facilitates the annual Speak Up National Research Project. As part of this initiative, we track increasing growth in the use of emerging technologies to address the specific needs and aspirations of students, parents and educators for 21st century learning environments.

Making students accountable

English teacher Kelly Locke talks about how access to technology and information is making students more accountable for what and how they learn.

Looking ahead at Ruskin High

Principal Chad Ryerson shares his vision for the K-12 classroom at Ruskin High School, Kansas City.

Ed Brandhorst - using web 2.0 tools for student engagement

Teacher Ed Brandhorst discusses how technology adds a new dimension to education.

How technology impacts education and educators

Dr. Richard Bozza, Executive Director, NJASA, talks about the opportunities and challenges associated with technologies in the classroom.

San Diego i21 success story

Schoolwires talks with San Diego Unified about the district's initiative to ensure that every classroom on campus has the most current technology available to staff and students for a real-time interactive experience.

Tips: How administrators can support flipped learning

Best practices from John Bergmann and Brian Bennett to help K-12 administrators better support teachers in implementing the flipped classroom.

Tips for engaging and informing parents in flipped learning

Change is difficult for everyone – parents, students, teachers and administrators. Ongoing communication with all involved parties is crucial to your success.

The flipped classroom: a new way to look at schools

The flipped classroom is a hot topic among schools, colleges, politicians and education technology providers.

Jon Bergmann discusses flipped model

Jon Bergmann, Lead Technology Facilitator at Joseph Sears School and flipped learning pioneer, stresses the need for districts to rethink what education looks like.

Teacher Katie Lanier explains how she flipped her classrooms

Physics teacher Katie Lanier explains the value of the flipped learning model to help students master a difficult subject.

Charlene Entman talks about implementing the flipped classroom

Charlene Entman, Technology Facilitator, discusses how technology creates efficiencies and helps educators embrace and implement flipped learning in their classrooms.

Implementing the flipped classroom – teachers and technology team up to reinvent education

Educators discuss why the flipped model takes time to implement and influence outcomes.

Somers Central makes learning personal with Schoolwires Centricity2™

Somers Central SD needed a new CMS. And this time, the district wasn’t going to settle for anything less than the right product and provider. Determined to invest in the best, Somers Central set its sights on Schoolwires® Centricity2.

District uses multiple communication channels to increase parental involvement and connect with key stakeholders

Lower Moreland Township School District is a believer in the potential of technology to support student and district success.

Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools delivers information in different formats to meet the preferences of its large and varied parent base

Together, the teacher and district websites of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools receive a million hits a week. The numbers prove that the websites are effective and valued.

District website is valued communications tool at Folsom-Cordova K-12

The Folsom Cordova district website is the K-12 community’s primary go-to resource for district news and information. It’s also a respected, trusted and visually appealing communications tool.

Westwood Regional School District builds bridge to community through website

Using its website as a key source of information, Westwood Regional successfully connects with its community to pass a $16.7 million referendum.

Avon Schools flips the switch to Schoolwires

When the superintendent of Avon (in) Community School Corporation walked into the it office in September 2011, the look on his face told the staff that it was time for a new Web-based technology provider. “That’s it,” he said. These problems can’t be solved.”

Websites are core of district, parent and community interaction at FRSD

A growing number of school communities expect to find information online, including postings of daily events.

Home page hits soar on Fremont School District’s Centricity2™ website

Capitalizing on the versatile tools in Centricity2, Fremont School District builds its reputation and increases traffic to its website.

Alvin Independent School District looks to Schoolwires® to support growth

The Alvin district has experienced 33 percent growth since 1999 and projects its current enrollment of 18,200 could soon reach 25,000. The district quickly recognized it needed a more effective website to support its growth.

Trust and personal touch bring Jefferson County Schools to Schoolwires®

After Jefferson County Schools' provider spent 10 minutes verifying that they were a customer before providing tech support, the district decided it was time to look for a new partner.

Centricity2™ supports relationships at Howe ISD

The rich functionality of the Schoolwires® Centricity2 platform has made it the “communications hub” of Howe Independent School District. Its pivotal role is contributing to stronger relationships, the development of 21st century technology and collaboration skills, and increased efficiency.

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