Piper Kansas City Schools: A Data Journey with ion

Five years ago, Piper Kansas City Schools embarked on a journey that would transform the way they approached education and student support. In search of a solution to manage their data more effectively, especially for their Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) process, they explored numerous options. After a series of demos that left them uncertain, ion presented itself as a beacon of hope, promising to meet the challenges they faced head-on. Encouraged by ion’s capability to handle every obstacle with ease, Piper made the decision to partner with us, setting the stage for a remarkable transformation.

I do, you do ~ Empowering

Leading the charge was Jason, the district's data coordinator, who understood the magnitude of the shift they were about to undertake. Aware of the apprehensions and the steep learning curve associated with adopting new technology, Jason adopted an inclusive and gradual "I do, you do" approach to roll out the system, starting with the elementary school. This method wasn't just about showing; it was about empowering. In the first year, Jason handled all the data work, allowing the staff to observe the process and see the tangible benefits of data-driven decision-making firsthand. This approach demystified data for the staff, showcasing its value in a practical, impactful way.

Reluctance turns to enthusiasm

As staff witnessed the positive outcomes of this data-centric approach, their reluctance turned into enthusiasm. They were ready to dive in, armed with the understanding that decisions backed by data were far superior to those based on guesswork. Jason’s strategy had not only introduced a new system but had fostered a culture of trust and willingness to embrace change for the betterment of their students.

Accurate, timely decisions

"Decisions about how to best help students became based on data, rather than guessing," Jason reflected. This shift towards data-driven decision-making enabled the district to make more accurate, timely decisions, significantly enhancing the support provided to students.

Changing the culture for good

Jason's story with Piper Kansas City Schools highlights a journey of transformation, not just in terms of adopting a new system, but in changing the very culture of how decisions were made within the district. It’s a testament to the power of patient, thoughtful implementation and the profound impact of leveraging data to inform educational strategies.

Support for every student

For other schools considering a similar journey, Jason's message is clear: "If your school is serious about using data to help students, the answer is Yes, you need ion." This isn't just about adopting a tool; it's about committing to a process that places data at the heart of educational decisions, ensuring every student gets the support they need when they need it.

Partnering in the mission

Piper Kansas City Schools' story with ion is more than a case study; it's an inspiration for schools everywhere to embrace data, not as a challenge to overcome, but as a partner in their mission to educate and support every student effectively.