Ottawa Area ISD Technology Services/Enterprise Data Systems teams recently received two awards from Michigan Data Hub, a collaborative, statewide effort that addresses challenges in managing and using school data.
The Ottawa Area ISD Application Development team consisting of Natalie Boardway, Marc Eickholt, Rod Holman, Josh Hubers, Ian Kirkpatrick and Ron Oskam, received the 2019 Michigan DataHub Technical Team of the Year for their work on MiRead, Michigan’s Early Literacy Portal. MiRead helps schools identify students who may need assistance to create and manage reading plans for their students to meet the requirements of Michigan’s 3rd-grade reading law.
The OAISD team was recognized for their work that now allows educators to view their students’ literacy assessment scores and reading plans in the same system. Through leveraging advancements in technology, MiRead now allows a student’s literacy history and plans to travel with them as the change grades, classrooms, or districts. This new streamlined and easy-to-use system replaces PDF forms and Google Documents schools previously used.
Greg Shepard, enterprise data systems manager/technology for OAISD and LeAnn Szymanski, application/integration specialist for OAISD, received the 2019 Michigan DataHub Champion Award for their work with Infinite Campus Student Information System statewide. Infinite Campus is a comprehensive, web-based K-12 student information system with real-time access to administration, instruction, communication, curriculum, reporting and more.
As the primary data hub support specialists, Shephard and Szymanski organized training sessions for Infinite Campus users statewide, attended development planning meetings to discuss improvements for the connection, and assist any Infinite Campus district statewide with troubleshooting their Infinite Campus connection.
OAISD Assistant Superintendent of Technology Services Michael Rohwer said, “We are pleased and honored to have been recognized for our efforts to collaborate on several DataHub centered projects. Like many of our colleagues across the state, we are dedicated to transforming how we do business to ensure we will be relevant and efficient in our mission to educate students and to provide support to those who partner in that mission.”
Ottawa Area Intermediate School District works collaboratively with schools and communities to meet the educational needs of students of all ages in the Ottawa area. By pooling resources and providing services regionally, Ottawa Area ISD provides important programs and services to local K‐12 school districts, charter, parochial and private schools and adults in the most cost‐effective ways possible. To learn more about Ottawa Area ISD, visit oaisd.org.