Donna Steele Recognized for Using Technology to Support Northwest ISD in Meeting Texas House Bill 5 Requirements
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September 22, 2015

Donna Steele Recognized for Using Technology to Support Northwest ISD in Meeting Texas House Bill 5 Requirements

LwL Awards Logo-smallDonna Steele, recently retired applications associate coordinator at Northwest Independent School District, has been recognized as an Information Technology Innovator in SunGard K-12 Education’s Lead without Limits Awards program. From nominations from educators and school administrators from across the country, the Northwest ISD administrator was selected as the individual who best leverages technology to innovate school district operations to support student achievement.

The Lead without Limits Awards program recognizes school districts, schools, departments, administrators, and educators that leverage technology to help improve student achievement and/or school or district efficiency. Information Technology Innovators, one of the Lead without Limits Award categories, enhance the educational process with technology. Nominees’ information technology efforts support student achievement and/or improve school/district efficiency.

In his nomination, Adam Feind, the district’s chief technology officer, says Steele pioneered the district’s model for supporting students as they envision their future career and helping the district meet high school graduation requirements, graduation planning, and state testing requirements established by House Bill 5. “Donna has been a Texas innovator in her creation, implementation, and support of the eSchoolPLUS Career Planner module,” Feind says. “She successfully implemented the solution and created a model for other schools in the state to follow.”

Steele, who has focused most of her career supporting the district’s counseling staff, says House Bill 5 was one of the biggest challenges of her career. “In implementing the new graduation requirements in Texas House Bill 5, I was determined to do whatever I could to make this transition easier for the counseling staff, and this is where Career Planner came in,” she says. “My advice to anyone starting a project like this is to make sure that all the pieces of this puzzle are ready to be put together. Just take one piece at a time, making sure it is exactly like you need it to be, and then move to the next piece. The eSchoolPLUS Texas team was a tremendous help throughout this process.”

Frank Lavelle, SunGard K-12 Education’s president and chief executive officer, celebrates Steele’s commitment to innovation and the district’s students and staff. “Donna Steele’s dedication to supporting students, educators, and administrators at Northwest ISD is truly inspirational. Through her determination and innovative thinking, Donna had an incredibly positive impact on the students in her district,” Lavelle says. “We are honored to serve Donna and educators and administrators like her who are helping students realize the greatest possibilities for their life.”

Nominations for the Lead without Limits Awards are accepted through an application form available on SunGard K-12 Education’s website. For guidelines and selection process, please see the Lead without Limits Awards program information online.

About Northwest ISD
Northwest ISD is one of the fastest growing school districts in the state and attracts more than 1,400 new students each year. The district spans 234 square miles and serves 14 communities in parts of three counties. It operates two comprehensive high schools, an accelerated high school, five middle schools, 17 elementary schools, a special programs center, and a community-based youth residential program. For more information, visit Northwest ISD at

About SunGard K-12 Education
SunGard K-12 Education offers software solutions designed to help teachers, administrators, and parents support student achievement. PLUS 360 is 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 or implemented as stand-alone systems to help meet educational goals and requirements. For more information, visit SunGard K-12 Education at

About SunGard
SunGard is one of the world’s leading financial software companies, with annual revenue of $2.8 billion. We provide solutions for financial services, the public sector, and education. Our software is delivered via Software as a Service (“SaaS”), in the cloud and on premises, surrounded by an extensive suite of service offerings. Through the depth and breadth of our solution portfolio, global capabilities, and domain expertise, we are uniquely capable of supporting virtually every type of financial organization, including the largest and most complex institutions in the world. SunGard’s approximately 13,000 employees proudly serve approximately 14,000 customers in more than 100 countries, bringing fresh ideas and inventive solutions to help our customers adapt and thrive. For more information, please visit

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