Birdville ISD, located in the Fort Worth area, has been a Skyward partner for 14 years. The district is a shining example of how to use Skyward to simplify processes and save money. Throughout BISD’s schools, online registration alone saves roughly $3,500 per year in paper forms. Michelle Kamp, the district’s senior developer, believes they have saved “hundreds of thousands of dollars” thanks to Skyward.
 
But the improvement the BISD community enjoys most is harder to quantify: time saved. The immediacy of information exchange between administrators and teachers, teachers and parents, and parents and students has changed every aspect of the Birdville ISD experience. Reports that used to take weeks now take hours. Access to student records, which once required geographic proximity to the students’ schools, can now be at an administrator’s fingertips in seconds.
 
BISD has used Skyward in a variety of ways to help its students succeed. The district uses Skyward to identify struggling students early, allowing for quicker intervention and course correction that can change these students’ academic trajectories, and ultimately, their futures. BISD has also used Custom Forms to collect information from students who would like to receive a city library card. This year, 341 students took advantage of this opportunity, which will give them greater access to reference materials and other books. 
 
Kamp has been identified by other Texas districts as a “knowledge source on all things Skyward.” According to Leslie Garakani, the director of technology services at Lindale ISD, “Birdville ISD is obviously a leader in innovation... These undeclared [district] partnerships are key to our continued success as a state and I'm grateful to Birdville ISD for supporting this collaboration.”
 
Last year, BISD received the Raise Your Hand Texas Blended Learning Initiative Grant. This award is given to schools whose efforts to implement blended learning have the potential to impact other area schools.


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