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|The SIF Association Matures....|
The SIF Association Matures to Address Not Only Data Management but Data Usage for Learning!
Over the past 18 years the SIF Project, then Framework and finally Association, has brought together the best and brightest minds in the identification, management and movement of education data at all levels of the enterprise. Hundreds of volunteers have vested thousands of hours outside of their “day jobs” in helping to create the various technical blueprints, a certification program, develop a new non-profit and build the most unique community comprised of schools, government entities, developers and implementers.
It is time to promote and celebrate all that hard work. How many times have you been asked in the past “What is SIF?” Did you answer it is a technical specification, a community, or both? Did you know what the “S” stands for (really Schools AND Systems)? How long was that elevator ride conversation? As a previous classroom teacher, state policy staffer, and in my current role as a parent and local education volunteer I always believed that our work has been bigger than that. In each of those roles I need the right information for the task at hand and my most important task always surrounds learners and their success. It is time to move SIF out of a targeted back office focus and let people know – even those non-techies – that we as a community do so much more.
With all that in mind I am thrilled to announce to you that we are maturing as a community to that ‘something more’, the new Access 4 Learning Community (A4L.org). All of our collective work is really about that: providing educators, parents, and school administrators access to state-of-the-art tools populated with up-to-date information in order to make effective use of a myriad of diverse resources to effectively produce a learning environment for all students. Seamless integration of a broad a spectrum of instructional, administrative and communication tools is an essential foundation for an environment that addresses the needs of all learners. Students, teachers, and institutions have different needs, requiring solutions to be simple, secure, scalable and standard.
Larry Fruth II PhD, Executive Director / CEO, Access 4 Learning Community
Making the most of your membership!
As members of the Access 4 Learning Community there are many resources available to you to help you on your SIF journey. From the simple ‘How To’ Guides to help you navigate and enhance your membership, to Implementation Planning Toolkits to help you start your implementation, Success Stories of our implementers and basic technical help for Developers.
Here is just a selection, but there is much more available from the website:
Exclusively for our Members!