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District switching to new learning platform
Many teachers have begun training on it
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Forsyth County News

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Also during its meeting Tuesday night, Forsyth County’s school board:

* Finalized its millage rates, which remain unchanged from last year at 16.3 mills for maintenance and operations and 2.418 for the bond millage.

* Discussed adding the word “visitor” to the district’s tobacco-free policy. Making the change, which the board plans to do at next month’s meeting, will allow it to be recognized by the Georgia Department of Public Health as a 100 percent tobacco-free school system. That entitles it to signs and information for a quit line and other services.


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The Forsyth County Board of Education approved the school district’s new personalized learning platform during a meeting Thursday.

The program, known as itslearning, will replace the Angel learning management and Edusoft assessment systems.

Bailey Mitchell, the district’s chief technology and information officer, said 1,000 teachers have enrolled in a training course to prepare for the new systems, which will roll out when the school year begins in August.

During the summer, more than 60 teachers worked to add content to the new system.

Mitchell said the transition will allow for a streamlined instructional approach, provide teachers with better access to data and a new personalized process for parents.

It will be the “one place for teachers to go to for content,” Mitchell said. “It also provides that communication with parents.”

The contract for itslearning is about $576,000, but Mitchell said replacing the two outdated systems would be “revenue neutral.”

The cost may have increased, but board member Kristen Morrissey said it’s “a much better system, so we’re gaining a lot.”