SMSD Launches Learning Management System

Shawnee Mission School District

The Shawnee Mission School District has launched a new learning management system for staff, families, and students.  A video overview of Skyward and Canvas for families may be viewed here.

New Learning Management System Implemented
Canvas will provide a more simplified and connected learning experience for students, staff, and families. It features robust options for assignments, grading, communication, organization, and student collaboration and integrates with many of the instructional tools teachers were already using in their classrooms. 

Canvas allows teachers to create formative learning experiences and track student success. It will integrate with the district’s student information system, Skyward, and become the central hub for content and course management, learning, and parent communication.   

Canvas Resources for Parents and Students
Training instructions and the Canvas webpage for parents and students are available here. These resources will allow students and families to become more familiar with the Canvas app and the capabilities. 

To login to Canvas, users may click on Canvas in the upper navigation bar of the school or the district website (right next to the Skyward login).

Krista Carson, curriculum and instruction coordinator, believes that parents will appreciate that Canvas allows them to view upcoming projects and assignments, allows them to see educational feedback provided by teachers and students, and allows them to follow their child’s learning experiences through their preferred notification format; texts, emails, etc.

Staff Training
Staff members were provided six independent training modules and were able to participate in group training WebEx sessions. One benefit is that Canvas has round-the-clock support for teachers as they learn the platform, according to Lindsay Stephenson, instructional coach at Shawnee Mission South.

“Ultimately it will make teachers’ jobs more effective and efficient and help our families to feel more included and organized with the educational process,” Stephenson shared.