Oconee’s governance team, consisting of the board and the superintendent, conducted their Governance Team Self-Assessment using Simbli’s Evaluation software. They provided evidence to support each of the standards and created an action plan for next steps. Oconee followed best practices by aligning Simbli’s Meetings software and Policy software data to the actual instrument.
By using Simbli to conduct each district and school self-assessment, the school system was able to create a climate of transparency and accountability. They were also able to align all of their work to the standards of the accrediting agency and hold the schools and personnel accountable for sustained improvement. The Oconee School Board demonstrated the leadership necessary to know how to manage expectation, address gaps or issues and to create transparency and accountability within the system to improve student achievement.
How does Simbli help your district with transparency and accountability?
The Oconee County Board of Education and Superintendent are committed to being transparent about the decision-making that occurs at the governance level. They use Simbli’s Core Four to ensure everyone stays focused on district goals.
The school system uses the Meetings software for all board meetings, and the members of the executive cabinet post all supporting documents. Minutes are also posted on Simbli in an effort to communicate with stakeholders about governance decisions. Oconee also posts all board policies and regulations in Simbli in order to ensure that all staff and stakeholders have access to the rules that govern the system.
Simbli provides multiple layers of transparency and accountability. Oconee County Schools completed a district SACS/AdvancED review this year. The system and each of the schools used Simbli’s Evaluation software to communicate the results of the self-assessment and share the artifacts with the community.
How does Simbli help your district align your work (plans, meetings, and policies)?
Simbli provides us with the perfect tool to ensure that all of our work is aligned. For example, the system was able to link policies, meetings, and the system improvement plan to the SACS/AdvancED standards and indicators in preparation for the external review. The External Review Team was very impressed with the accessibility of information as well as the alignment of the work.
How does Simbli provide cost savings and efficiency to your organization?
We use Simbli’s Meetings software for board and district meetings. The system saves a significant amount of money in copying materials due to the fact that agendas and supporting documents are all posted prior to the meeting. Additionally, the electronic platform saves system personnel time that would normally be spent making copies for meetings.
What advice can you give other school systems wanting to maximize their use of Simbli?
We highly recommend that school systems spend time visiting the Simbli sites of others to see how they are using the tools. We also encourage leaders to participate in the User Conference – Simbli Summit to learn from other Simbli users.