Here's your guide to some pro-tips that will make your SchoolStatus experience even better! This resource will give you a refresher on how we recommend getting your SchoolStatus year started. Click the attachment to download the PDF version.
New Year, New Data
Things often change over the summer, so let us know if you picked up a new assessment package or you dropped one. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and our Integrations Team will work with you to import new assessments.
Major SIS changes are a big deal! If you switch to a different Student Information System or you make significant changes to data structure, also let us know! Remember, we sync the majority of information from your SIS (nightly) so we want to be sure that integration is clean.
Account Management Pro-Tips
Did you know, anyone with the module called 'User Management' can create, modify, and deactivate accounts within his or her scope? By giving this module to school-level admin, you'll allow them to monitor accounts for their own school, but not the whole district. For more info on account management, click here.
When looking at accounts, you can toggle between users (non-teachers) and teachers. If the account is highlighted in pink, that means the person has never logged in. You can resend his or her Welcome email by clicking Actions & Resend Welcome Email.
For creating new teachers quickly, we recommend using Teacher Creation. Simply enter the email address in the box next to the teacher's name and click Create. Set the default domain for email accounts if you have to create many accounts at once.
Training New Staff
You don't have time to train every new teacher and administrator on using SchoolStatus effectively! We have online training courses specifically designed to get educators up-to-speed efficiently and effectively. Send all new staff directly to the Learning Lab upon their first login.
Everyone is auto-enrolled in the training courses they need. Search the Catalog of the Learning Lab for additional courses and recorded webinars.
Setting Expectations for Staff
Training: We recommend setting expectations for staff to complete the training courses before they begin using SchoolStatus.
Broadcasts: Broadcasts are the easiest way for teachers to announce themselves to parents! We recommend starting the year off with a Broadcast to each class telling parents who you are and to SAVE THE PHONE NUMBER! That way, in the future when you call, parents will know who is calling.
Positive Parent Communication: We also think positive parent communication is essential. Encourage your teachers and admin to reach out to parents early and often. Building the relationship on positive information sets the stage for a more successful conversation when the information is not so positive.
Data + Communication = Student Success: Always encourage teachers to include data in conversations. Whether that's behavior (both positive and not so positive), attendance, or assessments, parents welcome information that can help their children. Don't be afraid to talk data!
Setting Expectations for Parents
Broadcasts: Did we mention Broadcasts?! This is the best way to let parents know how you'll be reaching out to them and how they can reach you. Sometimes parents don't know they can respond to a Broadcast, so tell them!
Parent Flyer: Use this flyer to announce SchoolStatus to your parents!