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Chalk Schools Blog

What tech admins should consider when taking districts paperless

Going paperless with forms and approval flows that need to be seen by school staff, teachers, and parents seems like a no-brainer these days. Max, Technology Analyst with Oakland Unified School District, couldn't agree more. Everyone at his district was also on the same page: moving all their key forms and processes was a long-overdue step in the right direction. Still, knowing where to start can feel overwhelming. We put together this quick guide to help you decide which forms technology departments can start with on their paperless initiatives to deliver fast wins for the entire district. 

Topics: automation How-to Oakland paperless Stories Tech Director Technical Analyst Technology

An inspiring Saturday with high school coders in Oakland

This past Saturday, we had the pleasure of participating in Oakland Hacks, a hackathon for high school students from all around the Bay Area, hosted by Oakland Technical High School. (For those who don't know, a hackathon is an event where a group of people get together and break into groups to "hack" or code a project together over the course of a day or two, with prizes often handed out at the end of the event)

Topics: Community Hackathon High school Learn to code Oakland

3 things to consider before automating your K12 Human Resources processes

Spring is a natural time to reflect on how to improve the coming year's HR processes. As Joann from Fremont Union High School District saw, running your processes online is one way to make a big impact on your department. Managing processes manually and tracking every moving piece of the puzzle takes hours and hours of time and makes it impossible to find critical documents that might have gone missing. Going paperless seems like a no-brainer these days when everything in our lives seems to be organized online, from banking to taxes — but knowing where to start can feel overwhelming. We put together this quick guide to help you decide which forms to bring online first. 

Topics: HR I9 New hire packets Personnel action Personnel requests Stories W2

What we’re looking forward to in 2016

2015 was a big year for Chalk Schools — we made some significant improvements to our product, started working with some of the biggest school districts in the country, and we expanded our team. As great as last year was, this year is looking to be even more exciting.

Topics: Company News

Introducing the Chalk Schools community

One of the driving forces behind what we do at Chalk Schools is our commitment to working with our local communities to make a positive impact. Many of our customers are public schools and districts, which makes sense given 76% of K-12 schools in the U.S. are public institutions. Beyond that, a community of our own is beginning to form: our inspired, driven, and passionate customers who are leading the charge to help their schools and districts run at their best.

Topics: Community

Customer Story: Rayna, Elementary Schools at Bethel School District

Meet Rayna Messer of Bethel School District in Spanaway, Washington, who was instrumental in moving paper processes at Bethel online.

Topics: Elementary Schools Stories

Customer Story: Peter, Crystal Springs Uplands School in Hillsborough, California

We asked Peter from Crystal Springs Uplands School in Hillsborough, California, how his school got started with Chalk Schools.

Topics: Permission Slips Stories Student Services

Customer Story: Jason, Fremont Union High School District

Meet Jason Crutchfield, Director of Business Services at Fremont Union High School District, where Chalk Schools is used for workflow routing, HR processes, and more.

Topics: Business HR Stories workflow

Customer Story: Julie, Executive Assistant to the Superintendent of Kettle Falls

Meet Julie Sprague, Executive Assistant to the Superintendent of Kettle Falls School District in Washington, where Chalk Schools is used to manage a variety of district processes, including purchase orders, athletics requests, and bus requests.

Topics: Stories

Customer Story: Allan, CoPrincipal at Shelburne Community School

Meet Allan Miller, CoPrincipal at Shelburne Community School in Vermont. Allan implemented Chalk Schools to gather student information for his school to help save time for his team and prevent outdated or inaccurate parent or guardian contact information from being on file.

Topics: Stories