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Progressive school system deploys Campusuite to manage content

New content tools for KIPP Los Angeles schools get high marks from faculty, students, staff and supporters

September 10, 2008

KIPP LA’s three schools, which serve elementary and middle school students in East and South Los Angeles, are part of the nationally-renowned Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP). The schools share a single mission with all other KIPP schools: to prepare educationally underserved students for success in school and the world beyond.

KIPP LA’s three schools, which serve elementary and middle school students in East and South Los Angeles, are part of the nationally-renowned Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP). The schools share a single mission with all other KIPP schools: to prepare educationally underserved students for success in school and the world beyond.

Newport, KY -- It's the start of a new school year, but just as important, it's the the start of something huge in the development of the KIPP schools in Los Angeles, California. When the students, parents and staff at KIPP: LA visit the school's web site this year, they'll find a new site, with a new look, and the freshest possible content, thanks to Campusuite school web solution by Innersync.

KIPP: LA, part of the expanding national network of progressive, results-driven public charter schools serving urban, economically disadvantaged students, recently engaged Innersync to create not only a web site, but a web-based communications platform for its four L.A.-area schools. Innersync created, in effect, four separate school web sites under one umbrella using a custom implementation of Innersync's Campusuite CMS. Designed expressly for schools and colleges, Campusuite enables the KIPP: LA staff a cost-effective way to easily create and update the frequently used content that serves the entire KIPP: LA community.

"One of the things we like best about Campusuite, is its simplicity," said Jennie Herriot, communications and development associate for KIPP: LA. "You don't have to have extensive training. This is important not just for the administrators, but especially for teachers, who we want focused on instruction and not having to learn how to manage pages on their sites." Part of the content package offered through Campusuite allows for an infinite number of faculty pages for the expanding roster of teachers KIPP: LA adds through its growth.

"We're very excited about the new site," added Herriot. "Parents, faculty, staff, students, supporters, and volunteers are already commenting on its visual appeal. "What's especially important for our schools is how it gives us a great foundation for now and the future when it comes to managing all our content."

Campusuite and Imagespace, an online image management software, form the foundation for Innersync's web-based solutions to help schools, colleges and businesses easily manage all their web site content without costly technical infrastructure. These easy-to-learn web-based tools are being embraced by organizations of all kinds and sizes as they change how they view and use their web sites.

"Many organizations look to our solutions not just to leverage the web for communications, but we're seeing some far-reaching cost-reduction and strategic motivation," said Steve Williams, co-founder of Innersync. "In the case of KIPP: LA and other clients, Campusuite and Imagespace go hand in hand with their mission(s) to embrace technology and reduce costs in the process.

KIPP: LA's Campusuite CMS implementation is consistent with a wave of migration to Web 2.0 technologies and "cloud computing," as evidenced by Google's recent unveiling of its Chrome® open-source web browser. Similarly, Campusuite employs these same user-centric technologies to keep the IT "back end" of the software effectively invisible to the user, while providing increasingly powerful applications through web browsers.

KIPP: LA is a regional network of free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public charter schools. It is the mission of KIPP: LA to prepare educationally under-served students for success in school and the world beyond. Part of the nationally-renowned Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP), KIPP: LA currently takes the form of three schools serving elementary and middle school students in East and South Los Angeles. An aggressive plan of growth brought KIPP: LA to Innersync, for this non-traditional school system identified online communications as key to building enrollment, faculty and staff, and financial support.