As of today, we have 37 days until July 15th, when we transition from using Powerschool as our gradebook and student information system to IlluminateISI. Over the last few months, we have been working on transferring our students’ demographic and historical data into the new system, and we are nearly ready to start training staff and teachers on how to use IlluminateISI.
At present, we have two ISI systems: the “live” side where we have been using IlluminateDNA as an assessment and data management system, and a “sandbox” version (https://ypics.illuminateed.com/sandbox) that gives us the functionality of the ISI without irrevocably changing student data. Now that students have gone home for the summer, I encourage you to try out the sandbox and experiment with the interface, and play with the features. If you have not yet received your username and password, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll get you set up.
Over the next few weeks, I will complete the class schedule matrix for each school, and will connect with members of the office staff and administration in July to help them get familiar with the new system, and go over common tasks. We will have teacher and office staff trainings during the August PD week conducted by our DNA trainer, so we can get ready to take attendance and set up gradebooks. The Illuminate implementation team will be working with us closely during the first two weeks of school to resolve issues as they arise. Once we are up and running with those two functions, we will work on report cards and the parent portal.
PLEASE NOTE: If you have an issue with Illuminate during the next three months, please create a help desk ticket at http://www.ypics.org/hd/ and use the “Illuminate / Powerschool” category. This way we can identify common issues, quickly publish and fixes or FAQs / tips, and document them. The help desk team can quickly address any issues with our implemenation manager and data leads. Using the help desk ticketing process also relieves the load on the Illuminate help desk folks, who will be dealing with other schools who are already established, while we will have dedicated support outside of their help desk chain.
This will be an exciting time, and there is a lot to learn, but I am certain our instruction will benefit from this transition by meeting our standards based grading needs and making our students’ data easy to access and understand.
Please feel free to comment below or email me at the address above if you have questions.