St. Vrain Valley School District

Propelling academic growth with virtual learning.

How St. Vrain Valley School District is preparing a diverse group of learners for the future with Webex.

A teacher stands at a whiteboard in a classroom, teaching a class of remote students who can be seen on a screen in the room.

SVVSD’s transformation at a glance.

With Webex, this diverse school district kept staff and students connected and prepared them for anything the future could bring.

Challenge Empower teachers and staff to collaborate across large distances as well as give students virtual learning options.
Solution With Webex, SVVSD is accelerating success for staff and students, while maintaining an in-person connection.
Results Staff and students smoothly pivoted to hybrid work and distance learning, with all 1,800 teachers onboarding in less than 10 days.
Preparing students for future careers
If you had to use one word to describe the St. Vrain Valley School District (SVVSD), it might be “visionary.” While some school districts expend their time, energy, and resources moving students along the pipeline to graduation, SVVSD envisions something more for its students.

“We believe our goal is really global acceleration—making sure our students are ready to take their place in a fast-paced, globally-centric world where they are going to need skills, aptitudes, and beliefs that will propel them into a future career, whatever that career might be,” explained Michelle Bourgeois, Chief Technology Officer at SVVSD.

It only stands to reason that a district with that kind of approach to education and the future success of its students would also have the plans, people, processes, culture—and, of course, the resources in place to achieve their goals.

“We believe that innovation is at the heart of how we educate and what we do,” Bourgeois said. “We see ourselves as building the future leaders of not just the U.S. but the world.”
Bridging the gap with collaboration technology
The district is headquartered in Longmont, Colorado, and encompasses a wide range of socioeconomic demographics, as well as a large geographical area. A pillar of SVVSD’s core values is that each student should have equal access to the classes and learning tools they need to succeed.

Leadership soon recognized that technology could accelerate learning and provide new opportunities for every student through powerful online collaboration platforms such as Webex Meetings.

“There's no reason that geography has to be a limiting factor,” said Bourgeois. “Why can't a student in rural Colorado take a French class with us? Why can't they take a calculus class with us? Webex helps address the needs in our district, but our aspiration is bigger than that. In addition to our high-quality, rigorous in-person instruction, we hope to advance and extend these types of learning opportunities beyond the boundaries of St. Vrain through the power of technology.”

SVVSD had already invested in a robust technology infrastructure before the pandemic hit. While much of the world scrambled to find and adopt solutions, SVVSD was ready to take the changes in stride.

“When that Thursday came, and when we learned we had 10 days to get every teacher ready to teach from home, we were very appreciative to already have Webex in place. We went from 300 virtual meetings per week to over 16,000 using Webex, and it was smooth,” Bourgeois said. “We felt well positioned to pivot very quickly with Webex because it was a very reliable tool for remote learning. Using Webex is secure, easy, and intuitive.”

Bringing educators and students together securely with Webex Meetings
SVVSD has seen many benefits from Webex Meetings over the years. “We recognized that even for professional development and meetings, or if you wanted to gather a cohort of people to have a conversation about anything, it involved someone having to drive for at least 30 minutes,” Bourgeois said. “So, our initial goal for Webex was really around optimizing the time that we, as leaders, spend in conversations and making decisions and trying to bring people together efficiently.”

Students are also enjoying the great features Webex has to offer. “The Webex breakout rooms are a game changer in terms of giving students that student-to-student connection in a smaller space where they felt more comfortable opening up,” she continued. “Our teachers and our students are using Webex to connect outside of school, to be able to make those personal connections more real.”

Leveraging Webex Meetings to connect with students and staff was obvious for SVVSD. It clearly made meetings easier and more efficient. But the more Webex has been adopted, the more uses they’ve discovered.

“Our secretaries are beginning to use the Webex Assistant as a transcription tool. When we meet, being able to grab those notes, rather than trying to furiously type during the meeting is a big benefit for them,” Bourgeois said.

In addition to Webex Meetings, SVVSD also added some Cisco devices to their collaboration portfolio to enhance connection further.

“We used Webex Meetings to accommodate remote speakers or individual board members who were unable to attend board of education meetings in person,” Bourgeois said. “We brought in Cisco Room Kit video devices that board members can easily connect with external displays to turn any space into an conference room, so that they can participate remotely and still have voting rights.”
Looking towards the future
Security. Ease of use. Reliability. Flexibility. SVVSD has a great foundation for innovation with Webex.

The big question is what will they do next? There seems to be no end to what they can envision.

“Success lies in meeting the needs of our kids without asking them to drive 45 minutes to take that awesome class,” said Bourgeois. “How might we take the lessons we learned during the pandemic and expand our online course offerings to our students? How are we going to make this work in the future for new opportunities for our kids?”

To answer these questions, the district recently launched an AGILE program, which stands for Advanced Global Innovative Learning Environments. The goal of AGILE is to capitalize on SVVSD’s online learning and technology offerings so that district students can curate their own education. AGILE classrooms are outfitted with multiple Webex cameras, and microphones to give teachers a powerful resource for instruction that is immersive for virtual students.

SVVSD is also exploring innovative new technologies to further enhance the educational experience. For example, they’re looking at how Webex Hologram might work with their robotics courses.

“Cisco has been a successful partner for us,” Bourgeois said. “They know we're not going to stop and that we want to continue to think about what's on the leading edge, to help us be prepared for any possibility.”

A forward-thinking school district.

A large, diverse school district, SVVSD is accelerating student achievement and opportunity through the power of technology.

Using Webex three children are interacting remotely with their class.
High standards of learning SVVSD is a nationally recognized center of excellence for advancing student academic growth and opportunity.
33,000+ students There are 13 different communities within the SVVSD, with over 33,000 students total.
60 schools Each school within SVVSD has a unique focus to serve a wide range of students throughout the district.
411 square miles SVVSD spans a large geographical area, encompassing 411 square miles in Colorado.


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