As technology has advanced, so has every aspect of our lives. From the way we get around to the way we work, we see technology’s fingerprints all over our society. It has changed the world so much so that we have begun to see it penetrate even our children’s education systems.

With the Common Core State Standards (CCSS)—whether you’re for it or against it—new emphasis has been placed on quantifying the student’s journey from K-12 through standardized testing and other methods. One challenge that school districts are grappling with involve new methods of teaching age-old skills and subjects.

Now, more than ever before, it is more important that school districts operate as one entity, as collaboration and innovation will be key to the success or failure of the CCSS initiative moving forward. In this blog series we will look at why your district needs Microsoft Sharepoint and how integrating the back-end system will give your faculty the tools they need to make their students top performers in their state.

To start, let’s look at how Sharepoint builds communities. (If you’re unfamiliar with this portal-based platform for collaboration, read our quick intro to SharePoint here).

School districts love talking about their communities because each school has its own. However, outside of teachers conferences and special events, most schools within a district are not interconnected. For example, a district with five elementary schools will often have faculty whom rarely interact with faculty outside of their particular school.

Since collaboration has always been at the forefront of successful schools, shouldn’t it also be top of mind for the district as a whole?

With Microsoft Sharepoint, your district can begin to create communities for administrators, teachers and students, allowing groups to collaborate on projects, initiatives and tasks across districts schools, without ever having to leave the grounds. By just opening an Internet browser, a history teacher at school. A can see what their counterpart at school B across town is doing from the comfort of the teachers’ lounge, or while students work on a task.

With Sharepoint implementation, districts can begin to see each of their schools making connections to create a district wide community with one common goal of student success. And, all your district needs to do is find a group of experts to complete your Sharepoint implementation that will help your educators hit the ground running come September.

To learn more about Microsoft Sharepoint and how it can help your school district, stay tuned for the next part of this series, and click here to read more.