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Change agents to assist with new SIS

2017 November 28
by HISD Communications

Change agent network to guide migration from Chancery to HISD connect

Nearly 400 registrars, clerks, deans, and counselors from schools across the district have been selected for the HISD Connect Change Agent Network.  As change agents, the group will help guide HISD in the implementation of HISD Connect , a new Student Information System (SIS) that will be replacing Chancery for the 2018-2018 school year.

The group will provide feedback to HISD Connect project leaders and will act as a communications conduit from the district level to individual schools. Each HISD campus has been asked to designate one or more employees to serve on the Change Agent Network (CAN). The network will meet once a month to collaborate with the project team and to receive resources, talking points, and tools that they can take back to their respective schools.

At the November CAN meeting, change agents learned more about Infinite Campus, the vendor selected to power HISD Connect, and received a short demonstration. The new system will provide all functional areas of a 24/7 online SIS including: registration and enrollment, attendance tracking, student progress and grade reporting, master scheduling and student scheduling, behavior and discipline, student health and health-related services, compliance reporting, special populations and special education, summer school, and an academic history for every student during their time at HISD.

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“Infinite Campus is a living solution to your SIS needs and we are working very closely with the HISD Connect project team to ensure that all the processes and day-to-day procedures we establish not only fit with what you do today, but will work with you as you grow and as things change in the future,” Infinite Campus lead David Brace told the group as he went over some of the system’s key features.

Some of the major changes users will see in HISD Connect is that there are no overnight delays because everything will now be done in one system. So when data is inputted, like grades or attendance, it is immediately accessible to all users. In addition, the new SIS organizes students by household, so family members are linked together, which makes updating information easier for schools and for parents. Users will also not have to “switch roles” to access various types of student information, but instead will have access at all times to data and to run various reports based on their role at a campus.

HISD Connect is launching at the start of the 2018-2019 school year, but campus-based employees from throughout the district will begin training on the new SIS in January 2018 and all master scheduling and student scheduling for the 2018-2019 school year will be performed in HISD Connect.

Campus-based change agents will continue to meet monthly and will be provided with information, tools, and resources to keep campuses informed about the status of the project implementation, forthcoming changes, and training schedule.

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