Join more than 850 of your private school peers in Boston, July 12-14 for 3 days of idea sharing, networking, hands-on training, industry best practices, and a lot of fun! We’ll cover all K–12 products including Edge, Smart Tuition, and our “ON” products.

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Group Discount: If your school purchases 5 or more full conference early registrations or regular registrations, the 6th registrant from your school will automatically receive a free registration. Each registrant must use the same email domain. For questions about the group discount email us at

Meet Our Keynote Speaker Natalie W. Nixon, PhD

Meet Our Keynote Speaker Natalie W. Nixon, PhD

About Natalie:
In her consultancy, Figure 8 Thinking, LLC she helps organizations design smarter processes and systems, build strategy, and develop leaders by teaching and applying the strategic design process. Natalie is the Founding Director of the Strategic Design MBA program at Philadelphia University and is a published author: the editor of Strategic Design Thinking: Innovation in Products, Services, Experiences and Beyond and a regular contributor to online magazine on creativity and design thinking.

Topic: Inventiveness, Play and The Future of Learning
The field of education has been wildly disrupted in the past 10 years, and the tsunami effect is only just beginning. Educators, administrators and technologists must remain buoyant while also developing environments that help students to thrive. To do this, we must think through possible future scenarios around the future of work and how those narratives link back to our systems for learning. Natalie will explore connections between the future of work and the future of learning and leave us with alternative paradigms to ponder and hopefully begin applying.

Conference Details

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The Blackbaud K–12 User Conference is the premier event for private schools. Hosted by Blackbaud, the conference brings together fundraisers, admission directors, IT directors, heads of schools, educators, financial managers, marketing and communication experts, and many more to discuss current trends, best practices, and outcome‐based solutions that connect your whole school. And, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to have fun along the way networking with your peers, industry experts, and Blackbaud staff and partners to help you gain more knowledge and experience with Blackbaud technology.

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Cancellation Policy
Registration cancellations received in writing on or prior to May 1, 2017, will be refunded, less a $75 (USD) processing fee. There will be no refunds for cancellations received after May 1, 2017. A check refund will be issued for all cancellations received 90 days after registration. No refunds will be granted for no-shows. Please send any information regarding cancellation via email to

Substitution Policy
Replacement of a registered K-12 UC attendee by a business colleague/co-worker will be accepted. One substitution per registration will be allowed at no charge if submitted by May 1, 2017. Beginning May 2, 2017, a $75 USD processing fee will apply to all substitutions before the event and onsite. Original registrant must submit a written request for substitution to A Blackbaud staff member will then contact the original registrant for more information on the substitute attendee. Payments for substitutions must be made before arriving onsite.

We hope you can join us for the 2017 Blackbaud K–12 User Conference which we expect to be our largest private school conference to date! We’re planning lots of great product training and best practice sessions that will ignite ideas and provide major tech insight for your upcoming school year.

Below please find the agenda at-a-glance.

Tuesday, July 11

  • Registration opens in the evening

Wednesday, July 12 (Product Training and Advanced-Level Strategy Workshops)

  • The conference kicks off with our keynote speaker at 8:30 a.m.
  • Breakout sessions run from 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
  • Sponsor reception starts at 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, July 13 (Best Practices)

  • The day kicks off at 8:30 a.m.
  • Breakout sessions run from 10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

Friday, July 14 (Unconference)

  • The day kicks off at 8:30 a.m. led by Hans Mundahl
  • Unconference sessions run from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

*Breakfast and lunch will be provided on all three days. Dinners will be on your own.

We’ve secured a room block at the Boston Marriott Copley Place for a room rate of $305.00.

This rate is available July 10-14, 2016. Visit our main hotel site for more information and to book your hotel room. You may also make your reservation by calling: (800)-631-2989. Be sure to mention the Blackbaud K—12 User Conference to get our discounted rate.

Group rates are subject to availability, so please book early!

Click here to book your room online.

If you have questions about booking your hotel room, you may contact:

BBK12UC Hotel Reservation Office

  • Phone – 1-800-631-2989
  • Fax – 703-205-0235
Dear Valued Sponsor,

We invite you to join us at the 2017 Blackbaud K–12 User Conference for independent schools, from July 12–14 at the Boston Marriott Copley Place in Boston, Massachusetts.

As a sponsor or exhibitor at the Blackbaud K–12 User Conference, you’ll have the opportunity to showcase your brand, products, and expertise to more than 900 attending K–12 professionals.

We offer a wide range of sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities to suit your needs that you can view here.

Blackbaud got its start 30 years ago with a private school as our very first customer. Since then, we’ve continued to deliver the most innovative solutions and services to private school communities. I hope you’ll join us as a sponsor or exhibitor. Together, we will make this the best K–12 User Conference yet—one that’s well worth your investment!

If you’d like more information, feel free to contact me at On behalf of the entire Blackbaud K–12 team, I look forward to partnering with you for what’s shaping up to be our most successful K–12 User Conference ever!

Peter Baron
Manager, Blackbaud K–12 Partner Program

View Sponsor Prospectus >

Earning CFRE Credits for Education cfre

CFRE International offers the only internally recognized baseline professional credential for philanthropic fundraising executives. As stewards of the public trust, Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) International certifies fundraising professionals who demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and commitment to the highest standards of ethical and professional practice in serving the philanthropic sector. CFRE International fulfills this mission by establishing and administering a voluntary certification process based on current and valid standards that measure competency in the practice of philanthropic fundraising.

Earn CPE Credits for Education cpe

As part of our continuing commitment to providing high-quality continuing professional education, Blackbaud is a registered sponsor of the National Registry of CPE Sponsors, a program offered by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA). This registry recognizes that our continuing professional education for accountants meets nationally recognized standards.

Accountants are required by state governing boards to earn CPE credits to maintain and enhance their professional competence. As a registered sponsor, Blackbaud’s name and address is printed on a registry that is distributed to state boards of accountancy and made available to licensed accountants across the country. A link to Blackbaud’s website appears with our listing on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors on NASBA’s website,

Blackbaud is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website:


Which sessions are eligible for CPE credits?

We will post which sessions are eligible for credits in early spring.

What are the prerequisites for participation?

There are no prerequisites to attend.

Is advanced preparation required?

No advanced preparation is required. Hands-on sessions require that you bring your personal laptop. Be sure to check the session descriptions for more information.

How are the number of CPE credits determined?

CPE credits are granted based on a 50-minute hour. Participants are eligible for 1 CPE credit for every 50 minutes of instruction attended.

  • 1 hour sessions are eligible for 1 CPE credit
  • 2 hour sessions are eligible for 2 CPE credits

Is CPE credit automatically awarded?

No. CPE credit is not automatically awarded. Letters or certificates of completion are available upon successfully completing a class. You are responsible for submitting this information to the State Boards of Accountancy.

Let us help you make the case to attend. View our sample trip justification letter below.



Re: Request to Attend the 2017 Blackbaud K–12 User Conference

I’m writing to ask for approval to attend the 2017 Blackbaud K–12 User Conference July 12–14 in Boston. The conference is three full days of learning—best practices, hands-on training, and collaboration with more than 850 of my peers. I’ll have access to tons of breakout sessions with content designed exclusively for K–12 schools, and I’ll have the opportunity to hear from Travis Warren, SVP for Blackbaud’s K–12 Group, on his vision for the company’s future.

Registration costs are $995 for full conference access, but if we commit before March 15, we’ll save $100. The conference is a great, cost-effective way to ensure that we’re getting the most from our school software investment and should result in immediate ROI.

I’d also like to focus on finding solutions or best practices that could benefit these projects:

  • [add project or initiative]
  • [add project or initiative]
  • [add project or initiative]

Here’s an approximate breakdown of conference costs:

Airfare: $ XX
Transportation (round-trip taxi from airport to hotel): $ 50
Hotel (two nights at $289): $ 578
Meals (three days at $50): $ 150
Early bird registration fee: $ 895
Total: $ XXX

I’d like to take advantage of early bird pricing and save $100 by signing up before March 15!

Thank you for considering this request. I’m excited about the opportunity to attend and bring back relevant information and best practices we can start implementing at our school right away!

I look forward to your reply.


Conference Sessions

Open the tracks below to view the conference breakout sessions.

Day 1: Product Training Sessions

Core Track
Session Title Session Description Main Presenter
School Forms Every school has forms that constituents need to fill out. Fortunately, the “ON” Products School Forms feature makes it easier than ever for schools to distribute forms electronically, and for constituents to complete and submit those forms online. In this two-hour, hands-on Learn Lab session, discover how to build and publish school forms, and gain insight into the ways other schools are creatively using forms. Blackbaud University
Where do I post this? Don’t let your constituents get lost in the password protected community! By organizing and publishing content in all the right places, your school can choose what information is most important for your constituents to receive. In this one-hour Learn Lab session, explore the various options for posting content in the community, and the pros and cons for each. Blackbaud University
Events and Calendars The password-protected Calendar provides a holistic view of events at your school, in a customizable and user-friendly format. In this one-hour Learn Lab session, learn how to organize and maintain events from different departments, in one central location. Blackbaud University
Pushpage The Pushpage application enables you to easily create e-newsletters that can be sent to any or all constituents. In this one-hour Learn Lab session, learn how to create Pushpage templates, build Pushpage issues, send issues, review job analytics, and manage bounces. Blackbaud University
User Management Success begins with a healthy database. In this two-hour, hands-on Learn Lab session, discover how to manage constituents, including how to add constituents, how to assign roles, how to edit Contact Card data, and how to customize the Contact Card fields to suit your school’s specific needs. Blackbaud University
SKY Reporting in the “ON” Products It is crucial that your school routinely analyze its data to ensure that you are meeting goals and expectations. There are several standard “ON” Product reports that will help you gauge your progress. In this one-hour Learn Lab session, discover how to access and navigate the new Blackbaud SKY reports, dashboards, and lists, and how to interpret the data each displays. Blackbaud University
Annual Procedures Not sure what you need to do to get ready for the next school year? Come to this one-hour Learn Lab session and learn which tasks you need to complete in order to successfully close out the previous school year and prepare for the upcoming year. Blackbaud University
onBoard Track
Session Title Session Description Main Presenter
Checklists and Recommendations Checklists allow your admissions office and prospective families to stay informed about a candidate’s progress throughout the application process. Within these checklists, your school can also request recommendations from former or current teachers, family members, or other individuals. In this two-hour, hands-on Learn Lab session, discover how to set up and manage checklists and recommendations, including best practices for doing so. Blackbaud University
Entice Prospective Families with Your onBoard Community The onBoard Community is your school’s greatest tool for enticing prospective families. Here, families can view checklist items, read and reply to official notes, and receive notification of decisions—all from one central location. In this one-hour session, learn how to personalize the Community experience, and hear how other schools successfully maintain an online space for families to log in and stay connected. Blackbaud University
Event Registration Your admissions office hosts numerous events throughout the year, and for many of these events you undoubtedly need people to register before they attend. With the onBoard Event Registration features, your office can create registration forms for events. In this one-hour Learn Lab session, learn how to use the Event Registration forms effectively. Blackbaud University
Contracts The onBoard Enrollment and Re-Enrollment Contract features allow your school to create customizable forms that give new and returning families the ability to review and submit their contracts online. In this one-hour Learn Lab session, learn how to set up contract forms and how to enable the Smart Tuition integration. Blackbaud University
onCampus Track
Session Title Session Description Main Presenter
Academic Groups Using the functionality available in onCampus Academic Groups, teachers can easily create a vibrant online presence for each of their courses. In each class, teachers can add assignments, build assessments, facilitate online discussions, and record assignment grades for each of their classes. In this hands-on, two-hour Learn Lab session you will learn how to post resources that are unique to your courses and use the Grade Book to track student performance. Blackbaud University
Athletic Group Administration Using the functionality available in onCampus Athletic Groups, you can easily associate coaches and students (and their parents) with their respective athletic teams. In this one-hour Learn Lab session, you will learn how to manage athletic teams, including how to maintain coaches and rosters, enter games and practices, and post scores and highlights. Blackbaud University
Group Content In this one-hour Learn Lab session, you will receive an introduction to the Group products, including Academic Groups, Athletic Groups, Activity Groups, Advisory Groups, Community Groups, and Dorm Groups. You will learn about the similarities and differences among the groups, and take a detailed look at how to manage the Group Bulletin Boards, Topics, and Rosters. Blackbaud University
Community Groups Community Groups are a great way to create and communicate with custom subsets of constituents, such as upper school parents or the alumni council. In this one-hour Learn Lab session, learn different use cases for Community Groups and learn best practices for setting up and maintaining group content and membership. Blackbaud University
Session Title Session Description Main Presenter
Strategic Workshop: Improving Your Website’s Usability Your website is your school’s face to the world. An effective website presents your organization and mission in a clear and compelling way across multiple devices. In this advanced, one-hour Strategic Workshop session, learn best practices for topics such as implementing good design, exploring the user experience, creating effective content, and increasing your website search engine optimization. Blackbaud University
Event Registration Does your school host a lot of events? The Event Registration features in the “ON” Products allow your school to create customizable registration forms that you can easily publish on your website. In this one-hour Learn Lab session, discover how to use the Event Registration forms effectively. Blackbaud University
Page Builder Your onMessage website is a powerful tool. It is not only an ever-evolving representation of your school, it is also a communication hub for all of your school’s public information. In this one-hour Learn Lab session, you will learn how to create, customize, and style the pages on your public website. You will also become familiar with the different types of pages you can build to help keep your site current and dynamic. Blackbaud University
onRecord Track
Session Title Session Description Main Presenter
Grading This hands-on, two-hour Learn Lab session is designed to cover the information necessary to begin the grading process at your school, including grade translations, recording assessments and standard grades, and building report cards and transcripts. You also are introduced to the Grade Averages task, which can be used to calculate an accurate GPA/Grade Average for students. Blackbaud University
Official Notes and Conduct The onRecord Official Notes feature allows faculty and administrators to send quick, unplanned communications about students. In addition, the Conduct feature helps faculty and administrators record student infractions. These onRecord features make communication easy among constituents, saving your school time and effort. In this one-hour Learn Lab session, learn how to perform vital setup and day-to-day management tasks related to Official Notes and Conduct. Blackbaud University
Course Requests and Schedule Maker Creating your school’s schedule is one of the most important tasks your school must complete. In this one-hour Learn Lab session, you’ll become familiar with the Course Request features and the updated Schedule Maker tools and how they work together. Blackbaud University
Raiser's Edge & NXT Track
Session Title Session Description Main Presenter
Raiser’s Edge: Using RE:Alum to Analyze Data How well do you know your alumni? In this two-hour, hands-on Learn Lab session learn how you can use RE:Alum reports and pivot reports to analyze your alumni. Blackbaud University
Raiser’s Edge: Configuring and Using Alumni Addressees Is your organization efficiently using addressees and salutations? This one-hour Learn Lab session provides you with tips and tricks to refine addressees, so you can properly address alumni in mailings and reports. Blackbaud University
Increasing Efficiency with Raiser’s Edge NXT Raiser’s Edge NXT helps your organization be more efficient. Learn how you can use this powerful tool to quickly access constituent and prospect data in this one-hour Learn Lab session. Blackbaud University
Financial Edge NXT Track
Session Title Session Description Main Presenter
Track Your Capital Campaign Progress Using Financial Edge NXT and Raiser’s Edge Learn how to integrate Financial Edge and Raiser’s Edge to track your campaign progress and produce accurate financial campaign reports in this two-hour, hands-on Learn Lab session. Get an overview of the integration between Financial Edge NXT and Raiser’s Edge, focusing on projects, funds, and transaction codes. Review the lifecycle of a gift given to the capital campaign, from data entry in Raiser’s Edge all the way through financial reports in Financial Edge NXT. Attendees will see a full-cycle overview of how to track capital campaign information in both systems. Blackbaud University
Financial Edge NXT: SKY Reporting This is the age of information and cloud computing. Your audiences want answers right away, no matter where you are. Financial Edge NXT provides comprehensive tools for your organization to analyze fiscal health and report to your stakeholders anywhere you have an Internet connection. In this one-hour Learn Lab session, find out how to create reports and dashboards using Financial Edge NXT. Blackbaud University
Tips and Tricks for Financial Edge NXT Financial Edge NXT is a powerful and intuitive resource. This one-hour Learn Lab session provides you with tips and tricks to take advantage of the new features, and take you to the next level, whether you’re an experienced or novice Financial Edge NXT user. Blackbaud University
Smart Tuition Track
Session Title Session Description Main Presenter
Smart Tuition and Smart Aid Smart Tuition and Smart Aid are robust tools that can assist your business office with tuition and fee billing and payment processing, as well as financial aid need assessment. Come get an in depth overview of these two products, and see how to implement and use them at your school. Carole Williams, Blackbaud
Strategic Workshops Track
Session Title Session Description Main Presenter
Email Communications When it comes to email communications, the concern is not whether to send messages, but rather how to create an effective communications plan. If your email strategy is well thought out and executed, it can be one of the most impactful and cost-effective tools you have within your organization. This advanced, two-hour Strategic Workshop session imparts proven communications best practices such as tactics for targeting your audience, boosting campaign efforts, optimizing email design, and testing across multiple platforms. Blackbaud University
Alumni Giving Alumni giving is not only an important source of support for your school, but also an indicator of your students’ experience while enrolled. This advanced, one-hour Strategic Workshop session explores trends in alumni giving, and discusses how to create lasting relationships and foster inspiration for your graduates to give back. Blackbaud University
Taking Peer-to-Peer Fundraising to the Next Level Peer-to-peer fundraising is not only for in-person events such as walks, runs, and rides. Any organization can engage in peer-to-peer fundraising with do-it-yourself (DIY) or virtual campaigns. Learn how to run successful peer-to-peer fundraising campaigns of any type from recruiting participants to encouraging fundraising. This session is for anyone interested in launching or improving peer-to-peer fundraising campaigns. Blackbaud University
Advanced Workshops Track
Session Title Session Description Main Presenter
Blackbaud K-12 “ON” Hackathon The Blackbaud Application Programming Interface (API) allows you to code your own solutions on top of the API or to update or download data from the “ON” products. Join attendees from other schools who are using the API, or who are exploring it for the first time at our first Hackathon. Bring your laptop and your code (or ideas). This is not a formal presentation but rather an opportunity to cooperate and learn from others. While you don’t need to be an expert programmer, some programming experience is required to use the API. If you’re stuck and your peers cannot help, someone from Blackbaud will be on hand to answer the tricky questions. Ecosystem vendors are invited to join and share their experiences with the API, as well. Near the end of the session, participants will have an opportunity to share what they are working on. The best project will get a prize! Shandor Simon, Latin School of Chicago
Photoshop it like it’s hot:
Yeah, you can do that with Photoshop and Powerpoint:
Looking for some quick and nifty ways to make Photoshop and Powerpoint work for you? Today’s digitally driven, socially connected, visual world demands a little bit of graphics know-how from all of us. It begs for a little more spit and polish. From simple image fixes to creative workarounds, we’ll show you some new ways to add a little pop and functionality to your images and start making your creative assets work for you.

When deadlines loom and budgets are tight, time becomes your worst enemy. There’s nothing worse than your marketing materials looking like they were created on the fly or worse, on the cheap. It’s not reflective of you or your school’s brand. Let’s change that.

Whether you’re a teacher, administrator, or the “creative someone” that’s always called upon to make your school’s content more impactful or on-brand—you’ll bring a few hackworthy skills back to the table after attending this session. Best of all, you’ll learn quick, time-saving tips and essentials that allow you to enhance and repurpose your images—without advanced knowledge in the Adobe Creative Suite or Microsoft Powerpoint.

Juan Carlos, Fabrika Studio
Product Roadmap Track
Session Title Session Description Main Presenter
“ON” Product Roadmaps Join the products team for an update of the “ON” roadmap. We’ll recap what we’ve been working on and provide updates on what’s up next for Core, onBoard, onMessage, onCampus, and onRecord. Product Management Team, Blackbaud
Smart Tuition Roadmaps Join the products team for an update of the Core and Smart Tuition roadmap. We’ll recap what we’ve been working on and provide updates on what’s up next. Product Management Team, Blackbaud

Day 2: Best Practice Sessions

Fundraising Track
Session Title Session Description Main Presenter School / Company
Empowering Your Parents as Fundraisers Learn how to leverage Raiser’s Edge NXT fundraiser view to empower your parents and report on their actions and successes. Leanne Vitanzo Blackbaud
Get Started with Online Express for Donations, Emails, and Events Are you a current Raiser’s Edge NXT client that doesn’t use Blackbaud Online Express? Do you want to learn more about how Blackbaud Online Express can benefit your school? If so, then this is the session for you! During this session, we will discuss the ins and outs of the solution, including what it is, how to use it, and best practices for running a successful campaign with the tool. Kristen Vila Socorro Blackbaud
Be True to Your School: Increasing Engagement through Every Stage of the Alumni Lifecycle In order to have a successful, vibrant alumni program, you need to create a strategy for every stage of the alumni lifecycle, from initial student awareness to engagement to estate planning. Learn what has been successful for other schools, share what is working for your school, and discuss ideas with others. Emilie Thomson Blackbaud
Campaign Reporting – Not as Easy as it Sounds Join Vicky Wong to discuss counting outright and planned gifts in a comprehensive campaign to maximize value to the campaign and provide transparency to trustees. Also, discuss forecasting of planned gifts for campaign and planning purposes. University School has just raised 108 Million for our Comprehensive Campaign. Vicky Wong was responsible for reporting Annual Fund, Capital, Endowment and Planned Gifts to school board members. She also generated donor lists for the Campaign Report of Gifts. Vicky Wong University School
How to Build a Successful Donor Funnel for Your School: Best Practices, Tools, and Tips Learn how to build lifelong relationships with your school’s donors. In this session, we’ll show you: how to identify and approach new prospects for your school; the best ways to cultivate your school’s parents, alumni, and other potential donors; and a simple strategy for making better asks and knowing when the time is right. Plus, we’ll examine how to turn your donors into lifelong supporters and planned givers to your school. Joe Garecht The Fundraising Authority
Financial & Tuition Management Track
Session Title Session Description Main Presenter School / Company
Easily Integrate Tuition and Fee Payments into Financial Edge NXT Join this session to see how easy it is to integrate tuition and fee revenue into Financial Edge NXT. Automatically upload information for a quick and easy closing at each month end. Justin Niven Smart Tuition
Empower Your Admissions Office with onBoard Contracts Using Smart Tuition Learn how onBoard contracts are smoothly integrating with Smart Tuition for a family friendly user experience. Single sign on, contract completion, selecting payment options, and paying deposits are all quick and easy with our connected process. Jackie Christensen Blackbaud
Ten Tips for Maximizing Smart Tuition at Your School Smart Tuition is a robust billing and payment platform full of features that can benefit your business office. Get tips from our product experts for maximizing Smart Tuition at your school. Amy Hammond Smart Tuition
A Look at One School’s Integration of Smart Tuition and onBoard If you are planning to integrate Smart Tuition and onBoard, find out what to expect and what to plan for during implementation. Stacey Vega Sonoma Country Day School
How Can Financial Edge Work for You and Your School? Is there data you wish you had? What would make life easier with auditors? Let’s review how using Financial Edge features can help you organize and advance finances at your school. Kristen Decker Blackbaud
Teaching & Learning Track
Session Title Session Description Main Presenter School / Company
Leverage the onCampus Learning Management System to Deliver Professional Development Join Laura as she shares how onCampus helps her manage and deliver professional development. Discuss successes and challenges when it comes to working with adult learners who have a wide variety of needs and technical skills. Walk away with examples of how delivering professional development with onCampus can increase your faculty’s use of their Topic pages for their own classes to support diverse learners and create more blended learning opportunities. Laura Flynn Louisville High School / Blackbaud Product Advisory Board
To Participate in This Session, You Are Going to Need “Googliness” What is googliness? Well, to quote the movie “The Internship”, it’s “the intangible stuff that made a search engine into an engine for change.” Participants will learn how to create Bulletin Boards that update easily using Calendars and interactive Topic Tiles using Docs and Slides. They’ll also discover how to use Google Sites to promote a paperless classroom and embeds to make G-Suite flow with OnCampus Learning Management. Chris Stephenson Saint Edward’s School
onCampus Rubrics are Here! Let’s deep dive into onCampus’ newest feature: interactive assignment Rubrics! We’ll discuss the nuts and bolts of how to create Rubrics, best practices for using them, and how your teachers can take full advantage of this evaluation tool. Jackie Christensen Blackbaud
Launching onCampus Successfully In January 2015, The Lexington School made the jump from using FAWeb, NetClassroom, and OCC to using onCampus, onMessage, and eventually onRecord. Learn five tips for a successful onCampus launch and hear about the advantages of onCampus from a school who experienced the journey from the old to the new. Jaime Lassman The Lexington School
Educating Parents, Students, and Teachers in How to Use onCampus Navigating OnCampus is simple. Knowing how to use it to its full potential requires some education. Moving into its third year using the OnProducts, Landmark Christian School has developed some techniques that help educate parents, students, and teachers on how to traverse the finer details of the system to make sure that everyone has the best experience possible.

This session is aimed at schools who are considering adopting or who have recently adopted OnCampus. It will cover techniques in the creation of video, document, and presentation content and delivery of that content.

Mark Hossler Landmark Christian School
Blending OneNote and onCampus for an Effective Digital Classroom OneNote Classroom Notebooks allow for teachers and students to interact in new ways that were not possible in previous versions of OneNote. Classroom Notebooks create differing levels of permissions for teachers and students, offering spaces where students can take independent notes and can collaborate with others and a way for teachers to distribute content—all while maintaining student-teacher privacy. Learn from a school that has universally adopted this program and how it can work in conjunction with your school’s use of OnCampus to create a truly blended online learning space for your students. Colleen Kaplan St. Francis High School
Beyond Hour of Code: Teaching Programming from K−12 This session is designed for technology professionals and teachers interested in adding STEM curriculum. Moses Brown School has been using physical devices as a method to teach and enhance programming concepts. Beyond robotics, the school has used prototyping equipment, such as the Arduino, in its Upper School. In the Lower School, it introduced Fisher Price’s Code-a-Pillar to a class of 3-5 year olds. This session covers our methods, results, and observations from those efforts. Additionally, presenters will provide some hands-on demonstrations. Thomas Chestna Moses Brown School
Marketing, Communications & Content Management Track
Session Title Session Description Main Presenter School / Company
SEO Does Not Mean “Sounds Extremely Onerous” Search engine optimization doesn’t have to be difficult. Looking for tools to make it easier? This session will detail how two schools manage SEO as only a small part of their day-to-day responsibilities. Learn the steps and tools they use to manage SEO at their schools while an expert shares how to take your SEO to the next level. Rachel Welsh The Shipley School
Storytelling Online: Transforming Your School Website into a Marketing and Admissions Resource Your school’s website is the foundation of all your online communications. But is it telling the right story your audiences? Discover how to turn your website into a powerful storytelling hub that compels your audiences to take the right actions to connect with your school. In this session, you will learn more about the important role your school’s website content has on marketing and admissions, and how to transform your site into a powerful storytelling hub. Emily Cretella Cursive Content Marketing
Creating Internal Buy-In around Your Inbound Marketing Effort This session will discuss the often overlooked need to create internal buy-in around your school’s inbound marketing effort by strengthening relationships between your teaching faculty, coaches, admissions, and communications/marketing teams. Through a hands-on approach, this session will allow attendees to explore specific implementation strategies that will strengthen essential internal relationships at their school while ensuring that they’re able to carry out an authentic marketing effort that will inspire, rather than annoy, faculty members. Scott Allenby Proctor Academy
Always “ON”: Making Core Work for You The key to time management is identifying inefficiencies and developing smarter workflows. This year, Severn School made major changes in how it actively manages two key means of communications. See how the school reduced active time on Calendars and Newsletters from 80% to less than 20%. Learn how staff successfully moved the school’s calendars from three platforms to a single, interconnected ON Calendar. Learn how the team identified weaknesses in its digital newsletter and migrated from a static publication to a live model that does the work for them. Let’s make Core products work for you! Nicole Anderson Severn School
Design for Your Content and Plan Content for Your Design This session will cover the balance of writing content, planning photography, creating graphics, and envisioning page layouts based on web design best practices as applied to your own unique design. We will discuss concepts such as balancing paragraph length and content, sizes and proportions for photography, using rows and columns to create balanced layouts, understanding limitations and stipulations of design trends, using less content to convey more impact, and much more! Corwin Bermudez Blackbaud
Resource Board Posts or Groups? Making Communication Simple and Clear How can you best get information out to your community? Resource Boards and Groups are excellent—but when do you use one over the other? This session will walk you through one school’s decision-making process in order to make information clear and easy for our constituents to navigate. Dr. Joy Lopez Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton
Create and Manage a Stunning Resource Board and Keep Parents Engaged! Design and maintain the most effective Resource Board to keep your parents engaged and happy. Lisa Taylor Berkeley Hall School
Omnichannel Marketing: How Small Schools Can Do More with Less Learn about omnichannel marketing from a small school perspective. In the ever-changing world of advertising, technology, and consumerism, it can be difficult to get your message through to the right audience. The old marketing rule of seven is no longer relevant due to the bombardment of ads across multiple platforms—now, your message must display at least double that amount (and in a variety of media). Learn how one small day school has taken its message from word-of-mouth and print channels to omnichannel success. Robin Cook The Williams School
Make Marketing the Tail that Wags the Dog School marketers are often regarded simply as facilitators, developing the channels and tactics to communicate other people’s good ideas. The reality is that marketing initiatives have the potential to be the catalyst that drives school change and innovation. By examining best thought and practice, and by reviewing case studies, this session will empower marketing professionals to be agents of change in their schools. Chuck English English Marketing Works
How Heads of Schools Drive Marketing Success Based on a national survey of heads of schools and select interviews, participants will gain practical knowledge and insight into the unique role that heads play in school marketing and how they can transform marketing success into overall success for their schools. This session is ideal for heads of schools and school marketing communication professionals. Chuck English English Marketing Works
Student Information Management Track
Session Title Session Description Main Presenter School / Company
GROUND Reporting: Visualizing your Blackbaud Data in Power BI SKY Reporting with built-in Analyze features makes data analytics available to everyone, but this session will demonstrate how you can create your own custom data visualizations from data in the ON Products, Raiser’s Edge, Education Edge, and Excel. This session will feature live demonstrations of how you go about exporting data, building data visualizations, and publishing them to the web. Graham Getty St. Albans School
How to Get Started with API This hands-on session introduces novice users to the knowledge they need to start using Blackbaud’s API technology. Users will discuss first steps, and have a chance to walk through useful projects that presenters have employed to take advantage of the available technology with API. Boyd Reilly St. Andrew’s Episcopal School
Standard or Custom Transcripts—Drinking the Kool Aid or Build Your Own: Benefits and Limitations of Using Standard Transcripts in ON Do the benefits of reliable, standardized data on a transcript that anyone with access can produce with [literally] one click outweigh formatting and customization? Do you enjoy harnessing the power of your data through Crystal Reports? Need to see numbers and letters? Have college admissions officers told you they love your unique transcripts? Make an informed decision on when and if to configure your transcripts in ON. Come, see, and decide which route is best for your school. Graham Getty St. Albans School
The Highs and Lows of Your GPA There is no right way to calculate a GPA. Is there a wrong way? Stephen Clark Blackbaud
Documenting Your Office Procedures Now to Alleviate Stress Later Documenting office procedures is not very exciting and is often left for times when you think your office will“slow down. However, we all know that our offices rarely slow down and that documentation task keeps getting pushed to the bottom of the to-do list. What happens when someone departs? Have you captured those important workflows and helpful tips to pass along to the next employee? Learn from one school’s experiences over the summer of 2016 (welcoming seventeen new employees: nine staff and eight faculty) and get a jump on helping your offices run smoothly during transitions. Susan Morgan Shore Country Day School
Admissions & Enrollment Track
Session Title Session Description Main Presenter School / Company
Managing the Enrollment (and Reenrollment) Process using Blackbaud Contracts This session will review the ways that Mayfield Junior School uses onBoard for enrollment contracts, starting from the re-enrollment of existing students to the enrollment of accepted candidates. We’ll cover assigning and generating contracts, contract reminders, requesting financial aid and financial aid awards, tuition deposits and payment reconciliation, non-returning or on-hold students, process controls, and work lists and advanced lists we’ve developed. Julie Farr Mayfield Junior School
onBoard Work Lists You Should Use to Make Life Easier How can you communicate with parents who have started an application?
How can you find out how many applicants have not sent in their teacher recommendations? See how your admissions staff can use Work Lists and Official Notes to communicate with your Applicants and streamline your admissions process
Becky McAdoo Blackbaud
Tips and Tricks for Using onBoard From beginning to end, presenters will show you why they chose onBoard and share stories of how it streamlined their admission efforts. We will also share our top ten favorite things about onBoard. Ingrid Palmisano Miami Country Day School
Migrating Your Admissions Database to onBoard—What You Need to Know This session is aimed at IT directors, database managers, and admissions directors or support staff who are looking to make the switch to OnBoard but would like to know more about how to prepare, what the actual migration process looks like, and how to set realistic expectations with their admissions staff post-migration. Joseph R. Sousa Cheshire Academy
Streamlining the Admission Process through onBoard If you’re an admission professional, this session will help you design a process flow in which you’re working smarter in less time. Learn to use the inquiry, the online application, communication templates, and Pushpages to create seamless flow in the admission process, acceptance, and enrollment phases of your work. Gale Young Eagle Hill School
Releasing Decisions, Contracts, and Enrolling New Students with onBoard You have onBoard all set up. Now what? We’ll cover the ins and outs of how to publish and mail merge decisions, generate and process enrollment contracts for returning and incoming students, how to enroll them into Core, and which reports to use to make your head of school look good! Nathalie Miller Berkeley Hall School
Two Offices, One Team: Your Critical Partnership with Enrollment Management As competition heats up, demographics shift, and education evolves, independent schools are increasingly challenged to sustain their models into the future. A move toward strategic enrollment management (SEM)—an integrated school-wide approach to the recruitment, enrollment, and retention of mission-appropriate students—will be required. Data rules for CFOs, but numbers only tell half of the story: A nuanced understanding of the external environment, new customers, and admission policies and practices that shape the traditional admission funnel is required for business officers to make the best use of data to aid forecasting and predictive modeling. Kate Auger-Campbell The Enrollment Management Association
The Business of Admission: Turn Your Existing Blackbaud Data into Your Best Marketing Weapon For admission professionals, heads of school and anyone in a school who is responsible for the revenue side of the balance sheet, we will look at ways to create interest and a strong funnel with your existing data. We will also cover tools to manage net tuition revenue calculations as well as return on investment for your admissions work—all with your existing Blackbaud data! Jesse Roberts Admission Pro
The Admission Marketing Partnership This session focuses on the importance of a strong partnership between admission and marketing teams. Get strategies for achieving admission goals by combining traditional recruiting efforts with strategic marketing campaigns. We’ll cover basic and advanced inbound marketing strategies for both offices to embrace, including targeted email, social media, blogs, SEO, and lead nurturing. Stacy Jagodowski Milken School
Four Brand Stories Every School Should Tell (And One That Your School Shouldn’t) Whether you are in admission or development, you understand the value of a well told story. But telling compelling stories about your school can be hard. Who is your target audience? What is the most effective message? What is the best medium? This workshop will introduce a helpful tool you can use immediately to identify and tell compelling stories. We will also provide examples from print, video, and social media and outline some common mistakes to avoid. Hans Mundahl Hans Mundahl & Associates Inc.
Product Migration Track
Session Title Session Description Main Presenter School / Company
Going All In with “ON” Products and Raiser’s Edge NXT! The Williams School is in the midst of changing all their systems to the “ON” Products and Raiser’s Edge NXT. Hear from the school’s project manager and information systems director as they share their journey forward from the initial decision to look for another solution. In under six months, the school will make the move to maximize their use of technology to provide better data across all systems. Robin Cook The Williams School
Movin’ ON Up: How to Let Go of Education Edge and Find Happiness with onRecord Considering a move from Education Edge to Core, onRecord, and onCampus? Hear from a Registrar about the work involved in the migration process and what it’s like when all data is transfered successfully. Learn what you’ll love about “ON” Products and how to simulate Education Edge tasks in the new solutions. This session will include demonstrations and cover topics such as contact and demographic information, lists and reports, gradebook management, report cards and transcripts, and course requests and scheduling. Tracy Dodge Washington International School
Education Edge Data Migration Informational session on how to migrate your Education Edge data into the “ON” Products. Stephen Clark Blackbaud
Now What? How to Move Your Product Adoption Forward in Year Two Now that you have been using the “ON” Products for a year, learn what you should tackle next. Topics will include underused features like official notes and learning profiles, keeping your data clean, and more! Emilie Thomson Blackbaud
Cross-Division Collaboration in Data Migration: When the Fields Simply Don’t Matchup! Philanthropy’s ever changing landscape has become more sophisticated. Antiquated data systems that are engineered for other areas of businesses and schools simply are not effective for creating and maintaining a successful giving program. Accessing data through modern and mobile devices is key. When deciding to move thousands of records from one database to another (specifically built for philanthropy), it is paramount that the technology and advancement teams work in unison. In this session, we will walk through the challenging experience through the eyes of the back-end tech department working in harmony with end-user in advancement. Shannon Cleary Le Jardin Academy
From Education Edge to “ON”: Our School’s Transition Learn how Girls Preparatory School successfully evolved from a disjointed Education Edge school to a seamless system with the ON Products and integrated other school solutions in the process. We’ll share effective strategies for roll out, constituent buy-in, training, measuring success, and future expansion. Find out what we did right, what we would do differently, and where we go from here. Daniel Millbank Girls Preparatory School
Education Edge to “ON”: Is now the right time for your school to make the move? Have you been delaying a move because a feature you use in The Education Edge wasn’t available in ON? Join this session to see a feature comparison between the products, focusing on the functionality that’s been added to the on Products to close the gaps with The Education Edge and which features still remain as a consideration. Kelsey Miller Blackbaud
Partner Track
Session Title Session Description Main Presenter School / Company
Blackbaud K−12 Partner Roadmap Join Peter Baron for a Blackbaud K−12 Partner Roadmap update. Discover how Blackbaud Partners can help you extend the “ON” Products and learn about exciting new initiatives coming to our program. Also, don’t miss this opportunity to recommend companies that you would like to see integrated with “ON.” Peter Baron Blackbaud
Do Paper Forms Slow Down Your Emergency Response at School? Join Brian Biddulph-Krentar, CEO of Magnus Health, to learn how your school’s health form collection process impacts your staff’s emergency preparedness. Schools nationwide that have switched to digital form management have instant student record access on and off campus. Storing health records in binders can be a huge inconvenience and a threat to student safety. When minutes matter, your health and athletic staff should have student vital health records at their fingertips! Brian Biddulph-Krentar Magnus Health
Integration from the “ON” products to Finalsite’s Web Platform Join Finalsite Founding Member and Chief Evangelist Rob DiMartino as he shares how the new partnership between Blackbaud and Finalsite will improve your school’s data workflows and constituent engagement. You’ll learn how the data integration works, the benefits of integrating your two systems, and how to leverage “ON” data in the Finalsite Platform for improved digital marketing and communications efforts. Rob DiMartino Finalsite
Shop Talk Track
Session Title Session Description Main Presenter School / Company
onBoard and onMessage Shop Talk Join our shop talk session to connect with other schools and chat about onBoard and onMessage. The product manager will help guide our discussions, but there will be no formal agenda. Come to ask questions, share your feedback, discuss best practices, and meet other schools using the product. Janet Wittenberg Blackbaud
onCampus and onRecord Shop Talk Join our shop talk session to connect with other schools and chat about onCampus and onRecord. The product manager will help guide our discussions, but there will be no formal agenda. Come to ask questions, share your feedback, discuss best practices, and meet other schools using the product. Jackie Christensen Blackbaud
Core Shop Talk Join our shop talk session to connect with other schools and chat about Core. The product manager will help guide our discussions, but there will be no formal agenda. Come to ask questions, share your feedback, discuss best practices, and meet other schools using the product. Janet Wittenberg Blackbaud
Smart Tuition Talk Join our shop talk session to connect with other schools and chat about Smart Tuition. The product manager will help guide our discussions, but there will be no formal agenda. Come to ask questions, share your feedback, discuss best practices, and meet other schools using the product. Amy Hammond Blackbaud
SKY Track

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Day 3: Unconference

Unconference Track

Have something to say? Questions to ask? Join Hans Mundahl as he leads us through the unconference sessions on Friday. After best practice and training sessions, we’ll open up the floor for you to drive the conversation. This is your chance to create and lead a discussion on what’s important to you in a small group setting.

Thank you to our Diamond Sponsors!


Magnus Health is the most innovative way to collect, track, and manage student health information. Our primary focus is streamlining the collection and secure storage of student information. Magnus equips schools with the tools they need to save time and money, reduce liability, and improve emergency preparedness.

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Award-winning school websites, custom-design, communications software and digital marketing services for independent schools, public schools and colleges.

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For 8 years,Graduway has transformed the way alumni and parents stay in touch with their schools and each other. Graduway makes it easy for schools to have their own branded web and mobile platform, which connects with social media. Graduway is a preferred Blackbaud technology partner and is the first vendor to officially offer API connectivity with RE NXT, allowing hundreds of schools to keep their CRM’s up to date and maximizing constituent engagement

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Thank you to our Exhibitors!


Boardingware is a leading cloud residential life management software for boarding schools.

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Reimagining PS-12 Private School Admissions.

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BrightArrow Technologies Digital Voice Dialer is an automated service designed for emergency notifications, informational messages, and a variety of other school to parent communications.

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CampBrain provides management and registration software for summer camps and auxiliary programs. Serving 1100+ organizations since 1994, we have a dedicated team of over 35+ providing personal, caring support and building beautiful, intuitive software.

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Test Innovators is a team of educators and technologists dedicated to helping students succeed on standardized tests. Our decades of experience with test writing and tutoring, combined with our dedication to finding the best technological solutions, provide students with an unparalleled test preparation experience.

Learn More is the leading electronic health record system for schools! Designed by school nurses and directors, our secure, easy-to-use web-based solution manages health forms, allergies, medications and illness/injury tracking for your school throughout the school year.

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Carney, Sandoe & Associates provides faculty and administrator placement, retained search, and consulting to independent, international, and like-kind schools.

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Serving schools since 1930, Dewar is the originator of the Tuition Refund Plan, a comprehensive method for protecting both schools and families from the financial consequences of student withdrawals and dismissals.

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CrisisGo is a comprehensive emergency planning and communications platform that puts emergency response plans on mobile devices and desktops for immediate use when they are most needed. With CrisisGo, school administrators have quick access to emergency response procedures and can quickly report emergencies, call for help and stay connected during a crisis.

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Whether you’re Day, Boarding, Montessori or International, SchoolAdmin was designed with your needs in mind. Simplify your world with our sophisticated, yet simple web-based CRM.

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Kaymbu is the leading family engagement and classroom documentation tool for early education programs. From simple photo sharing to rich visual assessment, Kaymbu connects educators with young, digital-native parents.

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Bring your school community together through photos.

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Almabase is a full fledged alumni relations software that you can use to create an online community for alumni to network with each other, communicate with alumni, provide mentorship opportunities for students, job boards for alumni, collect donations online, manage event tickets. The best part is, while all of this is happening, your alumni database becomes up-to-date and comprehensive automagically by pulling information from Facebook and LinkedIn.

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REACH is a purpose built student management system that sets a global benchmark for managing and reporting daily activities in boarding schools. REACH operates on all devices and all platforms. Ten core modules provide for schools the ability to manage risk, gain efficiency and improve communications. REACH simplifies student leave, student tracking, attendance monitoring and behavioural management.

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The project manager and planner that empowers students.
Studyo provides tools to help students learn to prioritize, self-manage and simply get things done.

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Visitu improves building and school security by providing lobby visitor management software on an iPad. Visitu allows schools and businesses to manage visitors and know who is on their campus or in their facility at all times.

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MobileServe exists to help volunteers and organizations share stories that are authentic and accessible, and to connect people with organizations, causes, and each other, so that single acts of service can inspire an entire culture of doing more good.

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Nonprofit of Choice

Congratulations to National Network of Schools in Partnership for being selected as our Nonprofit of Choice at the 2017 K–12 User Conference! Stop by their exhibit hall booth to learn more about how their work is shaping the future of K–12 education.

Check out a few #BBK12UC 2016 best practice sessions below!


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