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April 26-30, 2021

The Illinois Skyward User Group Steering Committee would like to offer you the opportunity to participate in the Skyward Spring Virtual User Group Conference on Monday, April 26 through Friday, April 30, 2021. Steering Committee members from the following states have selected the sessions and are hosting the conference: Idaho, Kansas, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. The Student and Business topics will rotate between morning and afternoon on Monday -Wednesday. Thursday and Friday will focus on individual items for each of the states along with vendor sessions.

If you would like to participate, please click on the link below to begin your registration process:

https://www.skyward.com/virtual-april-2021

Skyward's 2021 Leader in Excellence Awards

Congratulations to the 2021 Skyward Leader in Excellence Award winners! Please click here for the full article of winners.

Illinois is proud to recognize the Illinois LIE winners! Tara Laidley from Mascoutah Community School District 19 and Kelly Mitchell from Deerfield Public School District 109! Congratulations to these outstanding leaders!

Tara Laidley

Director of Technology

Mascoutah Community School District 19

Tara is the director of technology at Mascoutah Community School District 19, where she was a pivotal part of helping the district organize and re-organize due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Her district’s back-to-school plan consisted of switching between complete remote learning, hybrid learning, and in-person learning at various points in the semester, which included many teacher and schedule changes. Tara faced this challenge head-on, working hard to plan accordingly and creatively, all while making sure stakeholders were aware of the nuances of Qmlativ as it relates to scheduling. Tara’s involvement in the solution provided an effective end result during challenging times.

When Mascoutah Community School District 19 began its transition to Qmlativ over three years ago, Tara spent countless hours learning the system—and because of her, the district was able to get it up and running in time for the start of the school year. She acted, and continues to act, as the main point of contact for all things Qmlativ, including educating other staff members about the functionality of the program. Throughout all of this hard work, Tara keeps a positive attitude.

Kelly Mitchell (Qmlativ)

Business Office Specialist

Deerfield Public School District 109

In her role as the business office specialist, Kelly Mitchell was key in helping Deerfield Public School District 109 become the first district on a combined database to migrate to Qmlativ. By supporting, equipping, and motivating stakeholders throughout each phase of the Qmlativ migration, Kelly exhibited flawless leadership with grace and ease for over 500 staff members and thousands of families. While this duty may have been daunting for some, Kelly made it look simple. Now, District 109’s operations are steadily improving across all aspects of the district.

Kelly goes above and beyond in terms of leadership. In addition to having the technical expertise that her position requires, she also empowers others to realize their potential. She equips and encourages others to take the steps needed to achieve new levels of excellence, all while being relentlessly optimistic and positive, even when facing challenges.

District 109 has recognized Kelly on several occasions for exceeding expectations on a routine basis. She has also been formally recognized by her peers her through an office award program.

Hello Illinois Skyward User,

You are a member of our family, our Skyward Family! We have a commonality, Skyward, that is a very powerful tool that we use on a daily basis for attendance, discipline, grading, ordering, taking time off, and getting paid. Because we are all part of this family, we wanted to extend ourselves and provide resources that any school/district can use to help ease the burden of our new lifestyle.

Over the past few weeks, we have been living through so many new and unexplored experiences. As we try to piece together what a “normal day” will look like for our own families and our students, we all have encountered many obstacles. We wanted to put together a resource area that you or anyone in your school/district can go to for resources for the classroom or your home classroom with your children. Our vision was to have a fluid resource that you can add your contributions to and share with your peers during our new and, we hope, temporary change.

If you have a great site or resource that you would like to share with others throughout our state, please be sure to send us a message with the information and we will post it in our resources area so others can view and share. Our goal is to make this tough time a bit easier for you and your colleagues.

We hope that you and your family stay safe and that we will all be able to see each other again soon.

Thank you,

The Illinois Skyward User Group – Steering Committee

ilskycon@skycon.org

Skyward's Leader in Excellence Awards

Congratulations to the Skyward Leader in Excellence Award winners! Please click here for the full article of winners.

Illinois is proud to recognize the Illinois LIE winners! Bailey Conroy from Saunemin and Glenbrook High School District 225! Congratulations to these outstanding leaders who were recognized at iCon in February.

Bailey Conroy (Qmlativ)

Executive Administrative Assistant

Saunemin Community Consolidated School District #438, Illinois

Most districts have an entire team lined up for an implementation—but for Saunemin Community Consolidated District #438, it was a one-woman show.

Starting her role of executive administrative assistant in June 2018, Bailey Conroy was soon heading up the district’s transition to Skyward’s Qmlativ Education Management System. When the district’s superintendent and dean of students resigned, Bailey was temporarily tasked with running day-to-day operations, but she didn’t let that slow her down. Though she worked many extra hours, she effectively implemented Skyward, learned the system, and trained the entire staff on top of her other duties—all within her first year of employment.

Bailey’s passion has been the driving force behind her hard-fought success. As her actions demonstrate, she doesn’t back down from a challenge but rather constantly searches out ways to solve problems. As one of her coworkers stated, Bailey is “the epitome of a team player.” Her tireless efforts and commitment to bettering her district community make Bailey a truly deserving recipient of this award.

Glenbrook High School District 225 (Qmlativ)

Illinois

Glenbrook High School District 225 takes pride in doing things “the Glenbrook way”—a way defined by ongoing evaluation and improvement and, ultimately, success. To see this philosophy in action, one must look no further than the district’s use of Skyward.

Skyward is the “software backbone of [Glenbrook’s] financial operations.” The staff use Skyward to record, maintain, process, and analyze information every day, taking advantage of Qmlativ’s flexible design to configure and customize the experience of users. The district also employs its solution to improve the lives of employees; in 2018, district leaders used Skyward to address more than ten needs raised by employee groups in the district’s collective bargaining cycle. In addition, Glenbrook recently partnered with Skyward UX and business experts, and together they’re working to build a first-in-class open enrollment process for employees’ benefit election process. One thing is clear: Glenbrook constantly strives to discover new ways Skyward can simplify processes or create a better experience for their employees.

Dr. R.J. Gravel, assistant superintendent for business services at the district, put Glenbrook’s relationship with Skyward this way: “How has Skyward helped us overcome challenges? It is simple: by serving as a true partner and extended stakeholder in our school district, as we seek to modernize our own processes and operations for the betterment of our school community.”

We want to congratulate Skyward on being chosen as Ed Tech Digest's 2019 Company of the year! Click here for the full article.


IL User Group Video

Check out this awesome video from Skyward Marketing! It really captures the essence of the IL User Group!