Welcome Notice and Private Group Q&A

Welcome to Ed Connector’s Private Group Discussions!

Ed Connector is excited to welcome you to our Private Group discussion area. Below is a list of common questions you might have along with a brief answer.

For those of you who are relativity new to Ed Connector: This free tool contains more than 1,000 school improvement tools and resources for school district administrators, over 40 peer-rated vendors, and timely conversations on crucial topics with colleagues from around state. Please refer the last question listed below for additional background.

 

How does the discussion area work?

Ed Connector’s discussion area is separated into 2 sections: Open and Private.

The Open discussion area is a dedicated space for you to dialogue and problem-solve critical issues facing education with all school district administrators from across the state. If you have a new topic you’d like to add to the open discussion area, enter your topic in the What do you want to talk about section.

The Private discussion area is a restrict space for you to communicate privately with peers. Access to each private group is controlled by Ed Connector and is based on your primary district responsibility. Here you can create a new discussion thread on any topic you like. Be sure to browse the recent active topics first.

 

Will my private group conversations truly be confidential amongst peers?

Private group posts will only be seen by peer group members working in the same district role: i.e. Superintendents will find a different network of peers than principals or school business officials. A total of 22 different private group communities are up and running. You have automatically been assigned to at least one private group. Upon viewing the complete list of private groups inside Ed Connector, you can request access to additional groups based on your district responsibility.

 

How will I be notified of discussion activity?

A daily discussion summary will be emailed to you and each group member upon activity. The summary will include new posts, comments from both Open and Private Groups, as well any new resources added to your interest topics. Questions posted to each Private Group will trigger a separate and immediate email notification to all group members as well as inform you of the actual question posted. This allows you to connect immediately to peers who may have an answer to your question. All new comments made in the private group discussion area will only be included in the daily summary.

 

Want to know more about Ed Connector?

Along with a team of Alaskan superintendents and Former Commissioner Hanley, the Coalition for Education Equity, formerly known as Citizens for the Educational Advancement of Alaska’s Children (CEAAC) launched a new infrastructure called Ed Connector in February of 2015. This free interactive portal, moderated by a professional staff, was designed to expand district administrative capacity and cultivate leadership collaboration.

For the first time in Alaska’s history, promising practices from isolated school districts are being captured and curated for administrators to draw from. District leaders now share tools and resources with one another as well as rate and track vendor services. Today, when new state requirements are implemented, districts no longer need to create their own strategy; they leverage existing tools already in use within the state.

Today, Ed Connector has more than 550 users representing nearly all of the state’s 53 school districts. When district administrators log in to their free account, they find more than 1,000 school improvement tools at their fingertips, over 40 peer-rated vendors, and timely conversations with colleagues across the state on crucial topics such as Alaska’s Fiscal Challenges, Regulatory Relief, Healthcare Reform, and shared Professional Development Opportunities open to all districts.