This IT leader's innovative leadership led to reduced learning loss and enhanced security. Winner of the Hero Awards.

Secure network access led to successful learning initiatives for this eSN Hero Awards winner

This IT leader's innovative leadership led to reduced learning loss and enhanced security

Some of the results achieved include:

1) User-friendly login and authentication for all students: RapidIdentity provides Austin ISD with flexible authentication that can be tailored to the unique needs of different user populations. For kindergartners and special education students in particular, the ability to authenticate using a QR code combined with Pictograph authentication has made edtech tools more accessible, while still adhering to security best practices.

2) Reduced learning loss: As long as a student has their Chromebook and Wi-Fi access, they can engage in personalized learning from any location. Teachers have also been empowered with self-service capabilities that allow them to reset passwords right from the classroom, expediting learning instead of waiting for help desk assistance.

3) Enhanced security: Austin ISD has become a K-12 leader in zero-trust and authentication. Its identity-centric approach balances the need for greater security that keeps learners and educators safe online with the need to ensure equitable and user-friendly access.

4) Less downtime: Because Austin ISD takes a cloud-first approach to their digital ecosystem, the district doesn’t have to worry about system downtime during emergency weather conditions, such as the 2021 Texas power crisis.

Laura Ascione

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