At the end of March the Macro Connect team took its talents on the road across the Midwest to two different conferences. Our team started the first leg of their journey in Michigan City, Indiana at the 2019 Midwest PowerSchool User Group Conference. Our team got a chance to not only meet with Midwest PowerSchool users, but also instruct them through intensive PowerSchool workshops. We finished the week back home in Detroit at the 2019 MACUL conference, where we co-staffed a booth with our partners and even shared the presentation floor with some of our friends. Life on the road can be testing but there’s nothing like providing support and building relationships with our edtech community face to face!
Midwest PSUG 2019
The first part of our week was spent at the 2019 Midwest PowerSchool User Group Conference in Michigan City, Indiana. PSUG Midwest is a PowerSchool User Conference put on BY PowerSchool users from districts all over the Midwest. PSUG Midwest boasts over 100+ sessions by collaborators from states like MI, IN, OH, KS, and IL.
Monday started bright and early, but we came prepared with espresso and cookies at our booth to help keep everyone energized for the day. Client Solutions Director, Miguel Davis, and our new Client Solutions Specialist, Adam Letica, were our boots on the ground, spreading the word about Macro Connect’s Certified Services Partner status to the midwest attendees. They also had the ability to meet and work alongside some of our current school partners who we don’t get to see as often face to face, while making new friends across the Midwest. Since it’s an event focused solely on PowerSchool, the conference was a valuable opportunity to really focus and listen to educators and leaders’ needs within the PowerSchool platform.
Away from the booth, School Data leaders Christian Anderson and Paul Cameron lead 12 breakout sessions totaling 17 hours of instruction over three days, including the regular fan-favorite around PowerScheduler.
PowerScheduler Deep Dive
Since jumping into anything new can often be a mixture of scary and frustrating, Paul and Christian aimed their intensive 6-session PowerScheduler course at helping attendees learn PowerScheduler® the simple way. They provided expertise in a step-by-step guide to PowerScheduler® that Macro Connect has used to help Michigan Schools successfully set up school schedules for over 10 years. Christian and Paul also reviewed some common errors that lead people astray while building master schedules.
Over the six sessions, they explored the differences between building and loading and taught everyone how to determine which one is right for their school. The guys also explored which settings and features work with each option and how they affect the master schedule. Everyone left with a much better understanding of what it takes to prepare for a build or load using PowerScheduler®, including setting up course request screens and preparing their PowerScheduler environments for submitting their fall schedules.
Six other breakout sessions rounded out our time at Midwest PSUG, ranging from Scheduling Labs where educators could stop in, ask specific questions, and get one-on-one personalized help. Other sessions included scheduling presentations for Elementary and small schools. Our team here at Macro Connect makes it a priority to help all schools in all types of districts because every student deserves to learn in a modern, technology-rich environment.
It was a great start to the week, but it was just that. The start. As soon as we were done in Michigan City, we high-tailed it back to Detroit for the second act, MACUL.
You may have seen one of our recent blog posts about Using Classroom Technology Effectively. There we talked about some of the tools and processes we use to guide districts and schools toward new and effective technology integration practices. In that post we also mentioned that we would be co-presenting an exciting case study along with Pam Shoemaker from Walled Lake Consolidated Schools. The talk was called “Bring Your Digital Vision to Life!” and detailed the process we used to help Walled Lake Community Schools improve technology utilization across their district.
The presentation covered real examples of our implementation process for our digital learning assessment. The best part is that it was chock full of great details that you can use right now! To see the full presentation, click the download button below. We really enjoyed the opportunity to share it with conference attendees and hope you’ll get the same value from it.
Off-stage, we spent time with our partners at the ClassLink Booth, talking with educators about the power that single sign-on and analytics can bring to their schools. It was another great opportunity to meet new folks from across the state and show them how the right technologies can enhance their learning environments.
Party at Our House
After a great day at MACUL, we co-hosted a casual networking event back at our headquarters in Hunt Street Station. Along with our partners Audio Enhancement and ClassLink, about 50 educators and leaders from across the state came by to make new friends and collaborate around the power of technology in education. It was a long week, but it’s always worth it when you’re surrounded by people you enjoy, doing the work you love.
Get Started Now
If have PowerSchool questions or you’d like to learn more about how Macro Connect can help your school make the most of technology, give us a call. We’d love to speak with you about a free consultation and/or set up private coaching workshops. We can create a customized plan based on your individual school’s needs and get you on the road to success with your student information system and other technologies.