Education and Technology Blog

April 16, 2014

Monroe School DistrictFor districts in Lenawee and Monroe counties in Michigan, a proven track record of success was an important factor in selecting new systems for managing student information and financial and human resources. Implementing a rigorous selection process, the Lenawee Monroe Technology Consortium assembled product committees to develop specifications, issue an RPF, evaluate options, and then select new systems with a proven track record of success.

“For a six-month period, we used Microsoft SharePoint® for calendaring and sharing committee notes and documents,” says Phil Carolan, Director of Technology for the Lenawee Monroe Technology Consortium. “About 14 vendors responded to our RFP. We narrowed that down to a short list and sent some of our committee representatives to do site visits at schools using those products. The most highly referenced and economical were the SunGard K-12 Education products.” The consortium selected eSchoolPLUS for managing student information and supporting student achievement and eFinancePLUS for managing critical financial, procurement, payroll, and personnel functions.

Lenawee Intermediate School DistrictAfter selecting SunGard K-12 software, Carolan says the consortium rolled out the solutions to all the school districts in the two counties. “We again used our SharePoint® environment. A SunGard K-12 project manager helped lay out all the training that was necessary,” he explains. “We ran four sessions at a time with up to six districts in each session. Everything stayed on track.”

As the consortium implemented the software for multiple districts at the same time, it gained valuable insight into best practices in software implementations. Carolan advises districts launching an implementation to consider the following:

Utilize the test and training environment. Carolan advises districts to make use of the test and training environment to consider and gain a better understanding of parameters in the setup phase.

Clearly communicate expectations. “Make sure there’s enough discussion up front before people get into training about the expectations of the day,” says Carolan. By including decision makers in the sessions and ensuring that they understand what’s expected of them, these individuals will arrive prepared for the tasks ahead.

Provide flexibility in the schedule to consider and reconsider set-ups. “Keep the training schedule flexible to allow some time to revisit the setups,” says Carolan, noting that the added time up front will allow tweaks to be made before the software is rolled out to all users.

CLICK HERE to read more of the consortium’s story of success.

Tags: , , ,


April 16, 2014

SunGard K-12 Education Presents Million T-Shirt March T-Shirts to Victoria ISDPeer bullying in schools is certainly not a new problem; the image of the school-yard bully is as old as schools themselves. In recent years, however, this devastating social issue has gotten increased attention. And, with the advent of social media, bullies now have access to a whole new level of 24/7 public humiliation for their victims.

Today, many schools and districts are turning to innovative anti-bullying programs in an attempt to eradicate traumatizing and systemic peer abuse.

For example, the White Pine School District in Nevada was recognized by the American School Board Journal for its simple “bully survey” program. The survey asked students four questions:

  • Where does bullying occur?
  • What time of day?
  • What is the form of bullying?
  • Who are the victims and who are the bullies?

Students identified as bullies by their peers are required to meet with administrators and their parents to discuss and work toward changing the negative behaviors. The program also sets up a reward system that is tapped when classmates no longer view the student as a bully.

A New Jersey high school took a different tactic. In conjunction with Princeton University, Ridgefield Park Junior-Senior High School piloted a program during the 2012-13 school year that identified the school’s most influential students and recruited those students to serve on a panel about the issue. The program was successful because it gave student leaders a sense of ownership and social responsibility so they were more invested in the process and its outcomes.

Million T-Shirt March T-ShirtsBoston Public Schools set up a bullying hotline. Students and parents can call or text a hotline number to report instances of bullying in cases in which they don’t feel comfortable approaching a teacher or school administrator.

One Call Now, SunGard K-12 Education’s Premier Solutions Provider for message notification systems, actively supports the mission of educators through partnerships with anti-bullying organizations. The company offers the Safe School Helpline, which is anonymous and includes direct and confidential access to a trained staff of crisis counselors who are available any time, day or night.

One Call Now is also hosting a Rally for Safer Schools, which will feature an interactive bullying discussion led by the international anti-bullying organization, Olweus. From now until to August 1, schools that purchase the Safe School Helpline will be entered for the chance to host the Rally for Safer Schools and a concert by the band, Sibling Rivalry, at their school. The winner, who also will receive customized training from Olweus, will be announced August 15, and the rally will take place at the winning school in October.

For education leaders who are looking to start their own or revamp a current anti-bullying program, One Call Now offers these six tips:

  1. Ensure program has buy-in from the top down. Systematic change can’t be achieved without strong leadership. A successful program depends on everyone’s commitment—beginning with leaders leading by example.
  2. Choose a program that is data-driven and proactive. For an anti-bullying program to work, educators have to know exactly what they’re up against.
  3. Implement the program school-wide. Lasting change requires altering the entire school culture.
  4. Clearly outline rules and consequences, and stick to them. It’s not enough to simply post the rules. They must be actively enforced.
  5. Keep the program strong with regular communication and feedback. Educators should be carefully coached and encouraged to refine their skills over time.
  6. Commit to change over the long term. As with any major issue, lasting change doesn’t happen overnight.

SunGard K-12 Education is helping two customers take a stand on this issue by supporting the nation’s largest and most ambitious anti-bullying rally ever attempted, the Million T-Shirt March. At recent User Group Conferences, we choose two lucky customers—Lee’s Summit R-7 School District in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, and Victoria Independent School District in Victoria, Texas (shown above to right)— to each receive up to 100 T-shirts to participate in the national rally.

During the Million T-Shirt March, students and educators across the United States will unite in wearing event T-shirts (shown above to the left) to raise awareness about bullying and encourage students to join in discussions of bullying and its consequences. Now in its third year, the event will be held May 1, 2014. Find out how you can get involved at THIS LINK.

Tags:


April 14, 2014

By Ramiro Zuniga

SunGard-Formative Assessment WebinarFor many years now, states across the country have been trying to fully implement online state assessments for K-12. I find it interesting that the K-12 arena has struggled more than any other in this effort. The idea of online state assessments makes sense, however it is still very much a work in progress.

As with any innovation, there are both advantages and disadvantages. There is no doubt that online state assessments are a natural evolution given the abundance of technology in our schools.

It is relatively easy to see the benefits of online testing:

  • Reduction of test booklets and score sheets and the need to physically secure the materials
  • Reduction of days needed to sort, distribute, and collect test booklets and score sheets
  • Immediate scoring of tests is possible
  • Time restrictions are managed by the computer instead of a test coordinator
  • Elimination of misdirected shipments of test materials and test results
  • Ease of making corrections versus pencil and eraser

It should be noted, though, that there are still many valid concerns that have slowed this evolution across the country.

The most common concerns associated with online testing are as follows:

  • Bandwidth requirements exceed many networks found in schools today
  • Number of students testing far exceeds the number of computers available for testing
  • Many teachers are intimidated by the possibility of hardware or software failure
  • Hardware and software failure during testing leads to high levels of student frustration
  • Many teachers feel that students in lower grades may not be ready for testing via computers
  • Online testing requires the use of physical dividers between test takers which make monitoring more difficult
  • Students may be tempted to simply “click” through the exam
  • Essay questions require manual scoring

Unfortunately, the 2013 testing season was marred by many instances of hardware or state testing software failures. In many cases, tests that had already been started had to be invalidated because of these issues. As a result, students had to retake the entire test again at a later date. It should be noted, however, that these issues were eventually overcome.

I believe that the final rendition of online state assessments will mirror what we are seeing today. State assessments will continue to offer both online and limited paper-based options. The companies creating the online tests will reduce software issues and hardware limitations through better design.

Over time, students and teachers will adapt to online testing.

There is, currently, a push for all 50 states to adopt and administer the same test. I don’t believe that this will come to pass.

It will definitely be interesting to see how testing unfolds this year. This is especially true, considering most states are aiming for a tentative implementation in 2015.

Tags:


April 10, 2014

SunGard-Formative-Assessment-webinar-click3cAs a K-12 educator, it’s important to be on top of the latest educational standards and practices. This will not only enable you to become a better teacher, it will benefit your students and reignite your enthusiasm for instruction. And that can be contagious—students recognize this and, in turn, will become passionate about learning.

Effective educators regularly assess their students to track successful and unsuccessful patterns in teaching and learning.

Aside from yearly observations or other administrative methods of evaluating your classroom performance, consider each school year as fresh start and the opportunity to fine tune your skills. One suggestion: enlist the help of a fellow teacher in your department—one who can observe the effectiveness of your classroom technique and provide constructive feedback. Receive and evaluate any critique objectively. You may then decide to adjust your lessons and assessments accordingly.

There’s no need to feel overwhelmed by any changes that need to be made. School districts are finding that effective software solutions can serve as an important foundation for teacher success, such as SunGard’s K-12 PerformancePLUS™ AssessmentBUILDER. This tool enables teachers to build, administer, and to score new assessments. It also allows them to determine individual student needs and adapt instruction to help improve student achievement. Teachers can also review results from district-wide assessments so that they have a comprehensive view of the student’s performance, educational needs, and abilities.

Additionally, PerformancePLUS provides teachers the opportunity to collaborate and share ideas with colleagues. Team teachers will know what they’re going to teach and when they’re going to teach it. The PerformancePLUS assessment and curriculum management system is a conduit through which articulation, cooperation, and effective use can occur. This gives you a solid platform in which to become the best educator you can be.

To learn more about best practices in assessments, sign up for our FREE April 15 webinar, titled Formative Assessments: A Performance Check-Up by clicking on the image above. For more information on PerformancePLUS and AssessmentBUILDER, please CLICK HERE to sign up for a product demonstration or call (866) 905-8989 to speak to a SunGard K-12 representative today.

Tags: ,


April 9, 2014

CODiE_2014_finalist_blackSunGard K-12 Education today announced that eSchoolPLUS Teacher Access Center was named a finalist for the 2014 SIIA Education CODiE Awards for Best Classroom Management Solution. The SIIA CODiE Awards, which are one of the premier awards for the software and information industries, have been recognizing product excellence for 29 years. The awards have more than 75 categories and are organized by industry focus of Content, Education, and Software.

This year’s program features 31 Education categories, several of which are new or updated to reflect the latest industry trends and business models. Winners will be announced during a special awards dinner on Tuesday, May 13, at the Education Industry Summit, which is an education technology conference being held in San Francisco, Calif.

Teacher Access Center, the heart of the classroom management system in eSchoolPLUS, allows teachers to quickly access information and processes they need and helps them communicate efficiently with parents and school administrators. The software’s standard-based gradebook is easily customizable and provides tools for rapidly adding new assignments, entering scores, and extracting grades. It puts tools at teachers’ fingertips that help boost their success with implementing a standards-aligned curriculum, such as the Common Core State Standards.

Joel Hames, SunGard K-12 Education’s director of product management, says that SunGard K-12 Education is honored by this prestigious recognition.

“We share this honor with our customers nationwide. Because we’ve closely listened to them and diligently worked to address their needs, our software features the robust functionality that is essential for 21st-century schools,” says Hames, noting that these features will serve as a springboard for future advances. “eSchoolPLUS Teacher Access Center is very forward-thinking in its structure, which will allow us to launch into other initiatives that we see emerging in K-12 education.”

Karen Billings, vice president of the SIIA Education Division is looking forward to honoring the finalists at the Education Summit. “This year’s finalists are breaking ground with new business models and innovative products,” she says. “We are pleased to recognize the best in educational technology with these 119 products.” Details about each finalist are listed at http://siia.net/codies/2014/finalists.asp.

About SIIA
SIIA is the leading association representing the software and digital content industries. SIIA represents approximately 800 member companies worldwide that develop software and digital information content. Information technology (IT) and software security are critical issues to SIIA’s members, many of whom strive to develop safe, secure and state-of the-art products that effectively serve their commercial and government customers alike, while protecting their intellectual property. The SIIA Education Division serves and represents more than 200 member companies that provide software, digital content, and other technologies that address educational needs. The Division shapes and supports the industry by providing leadership, advocacy, business development opportunities, and critical market information. For more information, visit http://www.siia.net/education.

About SunGard K-12 Education
SunGard K-12 Education offers software solutions designed to help teachers, administrators, and parents support student achievement. The PLUS 360 products are a single integrated suite of software solutions for the management of student information, assessment and curriculum, special education, and financial and human resources. The suite—which provides district staff with anytime, anywhere access to important district information—can be deployed to work together to help meet educational goals and requirements or implemented as stand-alone systems. For more information, visit SunGard K-12 Education at sungardk12.com.

About SunGard
SunGard is one of the world’s leading software and technology services companies, with annual revenue of about $2.8 billion. SunGard provides software and processing solutions for financial services, education, and the public sector. SunGard serves approximately 16,000 customers in more than 70 countries and has more than 13,000 employees. For more information, please visit www.sungard.com.

Trademark Information: SunGard, the SunGard logo, and eSchoolPLUS are trademarks or registered trademarks of SunGard Data Systems Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries. All other trade names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

© SunGard 2014. All rights reserved.

# # #

Media Contacts:
Lori H. Burke
Public Relations Specialist
SunGard K-12 Education
Lori.Burke@sungardps.com
610-849-7274 (office)
908-319-1132 (mobile)

Laura Greenback
SIIA Communications
lgreenback@siia.net
202-789-4461

Release Number: 2014 – 0007

Tags: , ,


April 8, 2014

Formative Assessment WebinarReport card grades are only a small part of K-12 student evaluation. To wholly appraise a student, gathering, interpreting, and acting on insights about their performance plays a critical role in tracking successful and unsuccessful patterns in teaching and learning. Research spanning four decades has proven formative assessment to be a powerful ally for improving student performance and differentiating instruction.

The only way to know if a secondary math lab or additional reading class is providing an optimal learning experience is through assessment. For educators to maximize evaluation effectiveness, consider the following:

Embrace Change. To more easily transition to the Common Core States Standards, many school districts have begun revamping their curriculum offerings. Reach out to your department head to get the necessary resources and information to begin implementing positive change into your classroom.

Explain the Process. There’s methodology behind the new rigorous standards. Be sure to explain to children what they’ll learn and why they are learning it. Parents need to understand, as well. Work with your colleagues to achieve this goal.

Align Assessments and Curriculum. To meet Common Core objectives, curriculum should be constantly reviewed and updated. Evaluations must be designed to achieve this end. If applicable, consider modeling appropriate classroom tests after state exams.

The optimal challenge for today’s educator is to accomplish increased performance scrutiny while continuing to foster a love of learning—this while taking into consideration each child’s unique needs. However, all of these objectives may be accomplished with the right practices and tools. SunGard K-12 Education’s PerformancePLUS offers a balanced solution.

Part of the PLUS 360 suite, PerformancePLUS is a web-based, district-wide evaluation-support system that assists educators with tracking and analyzing student performance against state standards, mapping and managing curriculum, as well as building and administering local online benchmark assessments. PerformancePLUS arms educators with information to make data-driven decisions to enhance instruction and help increase both individual student achievement and overall district achievement. Assessment challenges can be met more efficiently with the PerformancePLUS system.

To learn more about best practices in assessments, sign up for our FREE April 15 webinar, titled Formative Assessments: A Performance Check-Up by clicking on the image above. For more information on PerformancePLUS and AssessmentBUILDER, please CLICK HERE to sign up for a product demonstration or call (866) 905-8989 to speak to a SunGard K-12 representative today.


April 3, 2014

Hilliard City School DistrictTeachers and administrators in Hilliard City School District, a SunGard K-12 Education customer in Ohio, are thinking innovatively about using technology to engage their students in personalizing their education.

The school district’s initiatives are featured in the March 13 edition of Education Week and in SunGard K-12’s most recent customer success story.

The Education Week story focuses on learning menus. Sometimes called “curriculum playlists,” learning menus allow students to select a series of activities, exercises, and assessments to complete the requirements of a particular lesson. In the story, Mike McDonough, Hilliard City School District’s director of secondary education, was quoted as saying, “The resounding response from students is that they feel like they have ownership of their learning.”

And with the eSchoolPLUS student information system, the school district has established a collaborative process to engage secondary students in personalizing their learning, says Jerry Drobnick, Hilliard City School District’s coordinator of administrative technology.

“eSchoolPLUS Career Planner and Home Access Center are cornerstones of our initiatives to create personalized education plans for each student,” he says.

All Hilliard City students, grades 9 through 12, are required to have a career plan. In the January to February timeframe each year, students in grades 8 through 11 will log into Home Access Center, review their existing career plan, and make desired changes to their plan for the coming year.

“Students can choose from one of 12 different core areas of study,” explains Drobnick. “In Career Planner, they are provided options for courses and electives in their core area of focus. This allows them to tailor their education to their interests and aptitudes. Our counselors can then sit down individually with students to review their career plan.”

To read more about the school district’s success, visit:

With eSchoolPLUS, Hilliard City School District Engages Parents and Students to Personalize Learning

Learning Menus” Empower Students to Tailor Curriculum

Read other of our customers’ success stories at THIS LINK.

 

Tags: , , ,


April 3, 2014

SunGard K-12 Education Formative Assessment PanelA new whitepaper by SunGard K-12 Education shared four reasons why performance-based formative assessment not only guides instruction but also is an effective part of the student learning process. Recent research by Jan and Steve Chappuis of the Assessment Training Institute found these learning/assessment tools:

  • Provide Near Immediate Feedback to Students. During performance-based formative assessments, teachers can “assess each step of the project, redirect as needed, and check for understanding.” By providing prompt feedback, these types of formative assessments allow students to more easily answer three questions: Where am I going? Where am I now? How can I close the gap?
  • Offer Deeper Evaluations. “Some students struggle more with ‘sit and get’ learning; for those students, creative, smaller, or hands-on tasks may better allow them to illustrate their understanding.” These tasks engage them in deeper evaluations through exploration, investigation, and action.
  • Create Student-Centered Evaluation/Learning. In student-centered evaluation, students can act as group leaders, research for themselves, and teach each other—all of which frees the teacher to observe, make anecdotal notes, and plan future instruction.
  • Serve as Practice for Students. These types of assessments “serve as practice for students, just like a meaningful homework assignment does.”

By allowing teachers to gather, interpret, and act on information throughout the students’ learning process, formative assessment plays a critical role in tracking successful and unsuccessful patterns in both teaching and learning. For more insights, download the full whitepaper at THIS LINK.

Tags: , , ,


April 2, 2014

eSchoolPLUS Homepage - Common Core State StandardsK-12 administrative software and technology services company SunGard K-12 Education has released the latest version of its award-winning eSchoolPLUS student information system. Highlighting this software release are enhancements to the system’s gradebook that will help school districts support student success within a standards-aligned curriculum, such as the Common Core State Standards. It also includes new features that will help boost efficiency, improve communication, and support emergency response—many of which have been developed in consultation with SunGard K-12 customers nationwide.

According to Joel Hames, SunGard K-12’s director of product management, this software release features the latest of a series of enhancements that support teachers with differentiating and personalizing instruction. “Our recent development activities have focused on enriching and tightening the feedback loop in the classroom to help teachers with the daily decision making that supports student achievement,” says Hames. “This release, which features enhancements to our standards-based gradebook, will put tools at teachers’ fingertips that help boost their success with implementing a standards-aligned curriculum.”

Included on the lengthy list of new features are several that provide educators with at-a-glance insights about student performance, including a summary view to allow teachers to see a student’s gradebook score for a select group of competencies and new competency scores, including support for power law. The software also provides added flexibility to allow teachers to enter grades as they want and increased options for sharing information with students and parents.

In considering the new features it would offer, SunGard K-12 was guided by input from its customers about the tools and functionality that would make their work easier. “Because we’ve closely listened to our customers and diligently worked to address their needs, our software is easy to use and features robust functionality that is essential for 21st-century schools,” says Hames. “And, because of our commitment to keep listening, we are continuing to innovate our software to meet the changing needs of K-12 schools and districts across the country.”

This version of eSchoolPLUS includes new features that help boost efficiency of daily tasks. The homepage is now highlighted with even more tools for tailoring the content based on user preference, including a new drag-and-drop dashboard. A variety of other enhancements also have been added, such as tools that make it easier to prorate student fees for an individual student, to automatically run immunization validations, and to increase options for grade reporting and course scheduling.

In addition, eSchoolPLUS now allows districts to quickly record students’ presence and location during emergency situations. And thanks to enhancements to the software’s hallmark PLUS 360 Notifications system, districts can now send messages to users via a pop-up message on their screen.

About SunGard K-12 Education
SunGard K-12 Education offers software solutions designed to help teachers, administrators, and parents support student achievement. The PLUS 360 products are a single integrated suite of software solutions for the management of student information, assessment and curriculum, special education, and financial and human resources. The suite—which provides district staff with anytime, anywhere access to important district information—can be deployed to work together to help meet educational goals and requirements or implemented as stand-alone systems. For more information, visit SunGard K-12 Education at sungardk12.com.

About SunGard
SunGard is one of the world’s leading software and technology services companies, with annual revenue of about $2.8 billion. SunGard provides software and processing solutions for financial services, education, and the public sector. SunGard serves approximately 16,000 customers in more than 70 countries and has more than 13,000 employees. For more information, please visit www.sungard.com.

Trademark Information: SunGard, the SunGard logo, and eSchoolPLUS are trademarks or registered trademarks of SunGard Data Systems Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries. All other trade names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

© SunGard 2014. All rights reserved.

# # #

Media Contact:
Lori H. Burke
Public Relations Specialist
SunGard K-12 Education
Lori.Burke@sungardps.com
610-849-7274 (office)
908-319-1132 (mobile)

Release Number: 2014 – 0007

Tags: , , ,


April 1, 2014

BJoel Hamesy Joel Hames, Director of Product Management
While all of us at SunGard K-12 Education are working to support our customers on their pressing needs related to the deadlines associated with the Common Core State Standards, we’re staying focused on the bigger, broader picture. Our goal: To offer school districts truly progressive administrative systems that enable advanced educational approaches through an understanding of contemporary pedagogy and emerging technologies. By equipping our software for everything you need to do today, you can support your students in attaining everything they need for tomorrow.

Common Core success, we believe, will hinge on a district’s ability to create a comprehensive curriculum, aligned to the standards, which provides every student with the same opportunity to learn. Districts are finding that effective software solutions can serve as an important foundation for teacher success—by providing them an opportunity to collaborate and share ideas about what they’re going to teach and when they’re going to teach it. Our PerformancePLUS assessment and curriculum management system provides a conduit through which articulation, cooperation, and effective use can occur.

To make the most of this fundamental sea change in education, districts need tools for informed decision making.

I think everybody in our business can answer questions about how students are doing toward proficiency on the Common Core State Standards. I don’t think that’s particularly interesting, except as an accountability exercise. I think what’s interesting is when you ask a teacher how their instruction on Tuesday is changing because of what they learned about their students on Monday. And, I think our software solutions need to help educators with that kind of granular, day-to-day decision making.

Our PLUS 360 suite allows educators to take attendance, manage a gradebook, look at student performance, consider district curriculum, write an assessment, deliver it electronically, have it scored electronically, bring those scores back into the gradebook to look at effectiveness, and then communicate it to parents and guardians. That path of data flow offers a tight feedback loop that can support educators in making on-the-spot decisions about student achievement.

Our recent development activities have focused on enriching and tightening even more this feedback loop.

Last year, for example, we released formative assessment support in AssessmentBUILDER. And, we just released the latest version of our eSchoolPLUS student information system, including enhancements to our standards-based gradebook that put tools at teachers’ fingertips to help boost their success with implementing a standards-aligned curriculum. Included on the lengthy list of new features are several that provide educators with at-a-glance insights about student performance, including a summary view to allow teachers to see a student’s gradebook score for a select group of competencies and new competency scores, including support for power law.

While the new demands on student information and curriculum and assessment systems may be intuitive, Common Core also is heightening the need for additional capabilities in SunGard K-12’s other solutions.

For example, our new Recruitment module (BusinessPLUS - eFinancePLUS) creates a robust environment that provides flexibility and modern tools for filtering applicants to identify highly qualified teachers. It allows districts to cull through data much more quickly and to ask questions and compare across candidates easier. And, our new Professional Development module (BusinessPLUSeFinancePLUS)recognizes that professional development now comes in a lot of different formats. It captures the training that districts provide. But it also records conferences, online instruction, and forums—all kinds of professional development that just weren’t around 10 to 15 years ago.

Finally, because there also is increased reporting in the Common Core era, there’s increased pressure to find the right standards to use for data interoperability. I’m in regular conversations with our customers, organizations that create and promote interoperability, and solution providers that address needs beyond our suite of applications. In some cases, these conversations focus on application-to-application data exchange. In other cases, they focus on application to warehouse. In order for us to be able to deliver impactful solutions alongside these providers, we are focused on supporting the next generation of data interchange and interoperability standards.

About Joel Hames, M.Ed.
Joel Hames is director of product management at SunGard K-12 Education and a member of the company’s leadership team. Responsible for overall product direction at SunGard K-12, Hames consults with teachers and administrators at school districts across the nation. He then works closely with the company’s developers, sales team, customer support representatives, and professional services team to ensure that all SunGard K-12 applications evolve to meet the challenges school districts will face in the future. With almost 17 years of experience managing enterprise systems as an information and instructional technology leader at various school districts, he brings a wealth of experience and deep understanding to his role at the K-12 administrative software and technology services company. Hames earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of California, Irvine, and his master’s degree in educational psychology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Tags: , , , ,


Recent Posts

Lenawee Monroe Technology Consortium Shares Best Practices for Enterprise-Class Software Implementations
April 16, 2014

Six Tips for Creating Anti-Bullying Initiatives that Work
April 16, 2014

Online State Assessments – Still a Work In Progress
April 14, 2014

Teaching and Learning Assessment
April 10, 2014

Three Steps to Overcoming the Challenges of Student Assessment
April 8, 2014


News

eSchoolPLUS Teacher Access Center Named SIIA Education CODiE Award Finalist for Best Classroom Management Solution
April 9, 2014

SunGard K-12 Education Enhances Standards-Based Gradebook to Support Common Core Success
April 2, 2014

Franklin Regional School District, Pa., selects eSchoolPLUS and PerformancePLUS
March 19, 2014

Pottstown School District, Pa., selects IEPPLUS
March 10, 2014

Wissahickon School District, Pa., moves to the latest version of eFinancePLUS
March 3, 2014


Customer Success

Lenawee Monroe Technology Consortium Shares Best Practices for Enterprise-Class Software Implementations
April 16, 2014

Hilliard City School District Personalizes Learning with Technology
April 3, 2014

BusinessPLUS Position Budgeting: Collaboration between Heartland AEA and West Des Moines Community Schools Produces Results
December 4, 2013

St. Bernard Parish Public Schools Leverages Data to Create a Bright Future
November 13, 2013

Harrisonburg City Public Schools Stuffs the “Chicken Program,” Implements eFinancePLUS
October 15, 2013


Archive
  • April 2014 (10)
  • March 2014 (7)
  • February 2014 (15)
  • January 2014 (12)
  • December 2013 (2)
  • November 2013 (3)
  • October 2013 (7)
  • September 2013 (4)
  • August 2013 (3)
  • July 2013 (6)
  • June 2013 (10)
  • May 2013 (2)
  • April 2013 (2)
  • March 2013 (1)
  • February 2013 (14)
  • January 2013 (1)
  • December 2012 (2)
  • November 2012 (4)
  • October 2012 (1)
  • September 2012 (1)

  • Our best-in-class applications help districts across the country improve student achievement and increase efficiency. Sign up below to learn how to Lead without Limits in your district.

    Get More Info

    Latest Tweets

    Lenawee Monroe Technology Consortium Shares Best Practices for Software Implementations #edtech sungardk12.com/?p=1732

    About 4 days ago

    Customer Quotes

    © SunGard 2002 – 2014