West Aurora School District 129 Team Recognized for Using Technology to Innovate Education
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June 17, 2015

West Aurora School District 129 Team Recognized for Using Technology to Innovate Education

West Aurora School DistrictA team from West Aurora School District 129, in Aurora, Ill., has been recognized as Information Technology Innovators in SunGard K-12 Education’s Lead without Limits Awards Program. From nominations from educators and school administrators from across the country, Vince Julian, Sharon Thierfelder, and Amy Tomney were selected as those who best leverage technology to innovate education.

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 of his team, Don Ringelestein, West Aurora’s director of technology, said, “Vince Julian, Sharon Thierfelder, and Amy Tomney have been relentless in their pursuit of ways in which student information and achievement data can be easily leveraged by teachers, students, administrators, and, most importantly, parents in driving student achievement in District 129.”

According to Ringelestein, Julian and Thierfelder were pioneers in the district’s adoption of the eSchoolPLUS student information system and both are widely regarded as experts in using data to support student achievement and training staff. Tomney was integral in an effort to make student information readily available to parents in an easily accessible, yet secure way. And, all three West Aurora innovators are currently collaborating on the selection and implementation of a new learning management system for the district.

“The learning management system that will be deployed allows educators and parents to access the data that they need the most in a single pane of glass, with one authentication, rather than the confusing process we had in the past that required at least two interfaces and multiple authentications. In essence, they are implementing a one-stop shop for student achievement, and we as a district anticipate a far more efficient system for our staff and far more readily available information for our parents,” said Ringelstein. “I believe this will have a significant impact on student achievement, and these three individuals are at the vanguard of making it happen.”

Joel Hames, SunGard K-12 Education’s vice president of product, celebrates Julian, Thierfelder, Tomney, and the other Lead without Limits Award recipients. “It’s an honor to serve this nation’s school districts as they inspire students and support them in realizing the greatest possibilities for their lives,” says Hames. “Through their dedication and innovation, the Lead without Limits Award recipients are having an inspiringly positive impact on our children.”

The Lead without Limits Awards recipients received a statuette. They are now in the running for the annual awards that will be presented at SunGard K-12 Education’s National User Group Conference in Palm Springs, Calif. SunGard K-12 Education will select the three annual award winners from all the monthly recipients during the year. For these three annual winners, SunGard K-12 will pay the conference fee for one individual to represent them at the conference and hear best practices shared by districts across the country.

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.

West Aurora School District 129
West Aurora School District 129 serves a growing and diverse population from urban, suburban, and rural areas in Illinois, including West Aurora, North Aurora, Sugar Grove, and Montgomery. District educators teach more than 12,500 students in 10 elementary schools, four middle schools, one high school, one child development center, one special-education facility, and one credit recovery center, which allows students to pursue their high school diploma in a setting other than the traditional classroom setting.

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 or implemented as stand-alone systems to help meet educational goals and requirements. For more information, visit SunGard K-12 Education at sungardk12.com.

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 over 15,000 customers in more than 100 countries, bringing fresh ideas and inventive solutions to help our customers adapt and thrive. For more information, please visit www.sungard.com.

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Lori F. Hixon
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Release Number: 2015-0022


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