Tired or Inspired? Partnering for Positive Change in Education Technology

They say that the only constant in life is change. The year 2020 has taken that adage and added rocket fuel, especially for educators.  From teaching to technology and from administration to families at home, everybody is impacted by change.

How can we take the impetus for change to Education Technologies and turn it into a catalyst for innovation and adoption?  In this series, industry experts join forces to discuss the many facets of change in Ed Tech and how to get the most out of big projects.


Thursday, October 39 | 4-6am PST

Here is a description of what the webinar will be about and kept to one to two sentences filler text.


EP1: Preparing for change

Hear how to prepare for a big change in your Ed Tech solution. Why change?  What will be impacted?  You will learn to:
  • Identify essential steps in preparing to introduce change
  • Learn about the CBAM (Concerns Based Adoption Model) Framework
The slides used in the presentation can be downloaded here.  Access the helpful handout here.

EP2: Changing Spaces – Pivoting Formats

Format agility is a new thing in this pandemic.
You will learn how:

  • the “Covid slide” exacerbates learning loss predictions and how to slow it down
  • other districts responded and continue to respond to pandemic fluctuations
  • to stay agile so that future changes can be tolerated more easily
The slides used in the presentation can be downloaded here.  Access the helpful handout here.

EP3: Changing to progressive practices

Join representatives from SAU16 in Exeter, New Hampshire to learn:
  • How to envision change first (Portrait of a Graduate)
  • Steps to take to ensure understanding and adoption
  • How a District and a School experienced the change
The slides used in the presentation can be downloaded here.  Access the helpful handout here.

EP4: Change and the User Experience

Hesitancy and frustration can consume time and energy when making a big system change. Join us to learn how to:
  • Assess the usability of new and existing technology
  • Identify outdated tools that you should consider upgrading
  • Identify user experience pain points that can help you make the case for change

The slides used in the presentation can be downloaded here.  Access the helpful User Experience Checklist here.

EP5: Framing Change, Welcoming Our Champions

For any system change there will be those who are excited and those who will be reluctant to make the switch. How do we amplify the champions and convert the detractors? You will learn:
  • Five principles to change management that will encourage acceptance
  • The importance of empathy in guiding your team through large system change
  • Kotter’s Change Management Framework principles
The slides used in the presentation can be downloaded here. Access the Flying V Lessons worksheet here.

EP6: Leading Change

We’ve learned that the new normal is that there’s no normal.  How can you be a leader in change? How do you help your team go from freaked to geeked, from tired to inspired? Support a positive culture in your organization and promote a growth mindset for your team. Positivity is contagious.
 The slides used in the presentation can be downloaded here.

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Alma SIS cannot keep growing without the continuing collaboration and partnership of educational leaders like you.

From attending Q&A sessions, panel discussions, webinars, conferences, sending us user stories, and amazing testimonials, your stories have not only impacted everyone here at Alma, but show how deeply you care about the success of your students.

Because of your critical feedback and requests to better serve your learning community’s unique needs, this year Alma has been able to create and rollout programs like:

Navigator, to give administrators a better onboarding experience and more control over workflows across their schools

App Center, to make sure your school or district is able to seamlessly integrate mission-critical 3rd party applications …

And Alma’s Spanish parent and student portal, for more accessible communication with your students and their families, increasing family engagement and promoting equitable educational practices.

Above all, we are incredibly grateful for your tenacity, creativity, care, intentionality, and commitment to the students and families you serve.

We can’t think of anything more worthy of celebration. So here’s to you!

From all of us at Alma, may you enjoy this season of gratitude, celebration, and collaboration not just in this last month of 2021 but into 2022, and beyond.

Alma will be with you every step of the way. Cheers!

Andrew Herman

Co-founder + Chief Executive Officer

Mike Oliver

Co-Founder + Head of Product

Elizabeth Long

Co-Founder + Vice President of Services