Virtual education is new for many families and the transition can be challenging for those used to a traditional school setting. To that end, Connections Academy set out to improve its onboarding experience for new families and to create a greater sense of community. The organization saw the potential to develop non-academic programs that support families and enhance their overall school experience.
To help support the onboarding improvement initiatives, the organization launched Chalk Talk, an insight community of students, their parents, teachers and school district partners. Ongoing dialogue with Chalk Talk community members led Connections Academy to develop initiatives that improved the student experience, including new resources for families, an innovative interactive scheduling tool, a consolidated program guide and a simplified enrollment process. In addition, community feedback led to the creation of blog posts driven by member topic preferences and streamlined email content.