Skyward Conferences Address New Technologies, Opportunities for School Districts




Contact:          Amanda Fisher
Telephone:       800-236-7274
October 6, 2009
Skyward Conferences Address New Technologies, Opportunities for School Districts
More than 5,100 education professionals attend local Skyward user group conferences across the nation to network and discover the capabilities of the Skyward School Management System™.
STEVENS POINT, WI – Skyward, the industry leading K-12 administrative software provider, announced today that they will hold six state User Group conferences throughout the Fall of 2009 and an additional six conferences in the Winter/Spring of 2010. Each year thousands of education professionals from around the world attend Skyward user group conferences to learn how to become more proficient in the software they use on a day-to-day basis.
Sessions for fall user group conferences range from Skyward’s School-Based Activity Accounting (SBAA) module to the new Data Warehouse module. SBAA is an affordable way to record and track activity funds at each individual school with district-wide administration and audit capabilities. By using SBAA schools alleviate the risk of high profile fraud in the school district’s activity accounts. The new Data Warehouse module is a highly sought after analysis tool used by district’s to evaluate educational programs and spending in order to make more informed long-term decisions. Skyward’s Data Warehouse eliminates difficult extract, transform, and load (ETL) hassles because it is designed specifically to work with the Skyward School Management System.
Additional session topics will include state reporting, purchasing, human resources, salary negotiations, student scheduling and much more. Each state conference designs an agenda specific to the needs of users from that state in order to maximize the return on investment for districts attending the conference.  
The value of the conferences extends beyond the educational sessions. Attendees make use of informal networking opportunities to share ideas and “Best Practices” used in their district that might benefit other attendees.   Sheri Mathis, a PEIMS Coordinator from Springtown Independent School District in Texas has attended many of the Texas User Group Conferences. Mathis comments, “The Texas Skyward User Group Conference is very beneficial to users. Not only do you get instruction from Skyward staff but you also get one-on-one interaction with other Skyward users across the state. While talking amongst each other we can problem solve and find new solutions.”
Each year Skyward holds state user group conference at locations throughout the United States and also hosts their international conference (Skyward i-Con) each year in Orlando, FL. A complete list of Skyward conferences is available on Skyward’s website: The user group conferences are coordinated by independent state steering committees made up of Skyward users in each state who also work with Skyward on behalf of users in their state to recommend future enhancements to the software.
Since 1980, Skyward has been serving the K-12 administrative software needs of school districts. Today, Skyward’s School Management Systems™ are found in more than 1,300 school districts throughout the United States and internationally. Skyward’s School Management System represents an integrated student and financial management software system designed to keep administrators, educators, and families connected.

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