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K-12 website training: Luxury or necessity?

Posted by Debbora Woods on 8/7/14 9:00 AM


Guest Blogger: Dave Thompson, Senior Training Specialist

Too often, training is viewed as a luxury, not a necessity. The question we often hear is, "What if we train our employees and they leave?" And our response is, "what if you don't train your employees and they stay?"

Schoolwires understands all too well the challenges K-12 schools face. In keeping with our mission to connect K-12 communities to the information, services, and people they need, we offer a suite of quality professional development programs designed to equip your content editors with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully manage their websites. Our training programs deliver on the promise of helping your entire school community effectively use their websites to energize learning and foster teacher-parent-student interaction.

Districts that invest in Schoolwires training services report tangible benefits such as increasing user adoption, strengthening their professional development programs, and fostering community engagement. Our high-value, cost-effective programs delivered online, on-site, in-house, or via video conference will equip your staff with the skills need to create engaging web pages.

Here's a brief overview of your training options:

  • Online Training. These 2-hour sessions will provide you with an in-depth working knowledge of individual modules and features.
  • Onsite Training. Delivered at your district location, these intensive sessions include addressing your specific objectives in a customized agenda. It's an open-dialogue type of training where you're provided with fully supervised, experiential learning.
  • In-House Training. We're fortunate to have a state-of-the-art training facility at our corporate headquarters in State College, PA. This is a great option for you if you seek individualized training away from the distractions of your daily work environment.
  • Site Launch Consulting. During this personalized, intensive three-day website transition, our team will work with you to lay the foundation for the structure of your content on your new website. We include the design of page layouts, development of section configurations, structure of information hierarchy, website navigation, and migration of your content from your old website to your new Schoolwires platform.

Offering professional training for your staff is a strategic necessity -- but don't just take our word for it. Check out what our clients have to say:

"I really appreciated our trainer's willingness to work with individuals on their specific problem areas. I drove 2 hours to attend the regional training and it was worth it. I've been to many trainings over the years, and I would rate our trainer in the top 5%. I hope our ESD will bring him back again. I'll be there!"

Omak School District 19 (WA)

"Our trainer did a great job. I felt like he was prepared to answer all of my questions, and he also provided good insights to think about for future design sessions."

Upper Adams School District (PA)

Want to learn more? Check out our Training Web Page>>

And, stay tuned for more training-related blog posts in the future!

Topics: K-12, Training, Website Training, Professional Development

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