Jennifer Dossett’s official duties as the information system specialist at Alcoa City Schools put her at the helm of all student state reporting. This alone is a great responsibility, but it’s Dossett’s unofficial duties that truly make her a Leader in Excellence. She provides training and troubleshooting for colleagues, parents, and even leaders in other districts, and she has presented at the state and national level on a variety of Skyward-related topics.
Dossett’s primary responsibilities are to ensure the quality, accuracy, and timeliness of data so her district can receive all entitled monies. It is also her duty to satisfy reporting requirements, ensuring compliance with federal, state, and local rules and regulations. To accomplish these important tasks, she starts with Skyward's Student Management Suite. Dossett verifies data using reports and data mining, and is the driving force behind several initiatives to improve data quality, such as the yearly Online Enrollment Verification using Online Registration.
The district has improved the percentage of parents using Online Registration from about 25% in 2014 (the inaugural year) to approximately 85% for the 2016-2017 school year. Much of the increase is due to Dossett’s efforts to make the process more intuitive and less time consuming.
Dossett has served as an “unofficial” member of the Tennessee Skyward Steering Committee. In 2016, she presented information on School Front Office Training and Engagement at the statewide Fall Attendance Conference and led a session on transportation reporting at the Tennessee Skyward User Group Conference. She is a regular iCon attendee and presented information on data mining at Skyward iCon 2015. Be sure to congratulate her when you see her this March at iCon 2017!
“Jennifer is one of the most important people in Alcoa City Schools,” said Lisa Berry, director of technology at the district. “She has created a culture in our school system where everyone knows to begin with Skyward to find the data they need.”

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