Graduate Project Portfolios

K-12 Parent Portal Implementation Guide by Cindy Seibel


This page links to all the resources associated with my project:  An Implementation Guide for a K-12 Parent Portal. All the resources may be viewed online or downloaded under an attribution, non-commercial, share-alike Creative Commons (Canada) license.

You can find additional information about the development of the guide under the heading "The Journey" in the far right column of this page.

Graduate Student Information

Graduate student in the Educational Communications and Technology Program at the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada.


The approach taken to collect and document portal requirements honoured the voices of parents and teachers and represented best practice in technology solutions. The storied voices were woven to best represent the needs of parents, teachers, principals, district staff and trustees. The methodology is anchored in ISO standards and best practice presented in the literature.

For purposes of this project, only some approaches (focused conversation, storyboarding) were used to collect preliminary requirements for use in the Implementation Guide. The full range of approaches are available and recommended in a live implementation. Click here to download the background paper describing the requirements model used.

Who will use a Parent Portal?

Who will use a Parent Portal?

Online carpool arrangements

Online carpool arrangements

Project Abstract

There is a significant body of research demonstrating the contribution of parent engagement to student learning. Based on this research, school districts are implementing technology solutions to support and improve relationships with parents with the hope of producing improved student outcomes. This project created an Implementation Guide for one technology solution, a K-12 Parent Portal. The proposal is available here or can be downloaded from the Files to Download section on this page.

Implementation Guide

The online version of the Implementation Guide [click to launch] provides a rich set of tools including templates and resource links.

Individual pages may be printed or produced as a pdf file from the web site or download the full pdf version from the "Files to Download" section on this page.


This is my opportunity to publicly thank and acknowledge those folks who have figured prominently in my being able to bring this work to a public forum, and to whom I am grateful for the learning context that allowed me to personalize my own learning.

My husband and daughter have sacrificed my attention over the last nineteen months and I am very grateful for their support.

My graduate advisor, Dr. Richard A. Schwier at the University of Saskatchewan has been my mentor and cheerleader (I use that term in the most respectful way), pushing me to a level of critical thinking and knowledge that I would not have found on my own.

Dr. Alec Couros of the University of Regina guided me to the online world of educational technology professionals where reflective learning happens and gave me purpose in refreshing my hands-on technical skills.

And to those many dedicated teachers and learners in my personal learning network, I only hope I have supported your meaning-making in some small way after you have contributed so much to mine.

Cindy Seibel

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What is a Parent Portal?

The Journey

My background in technical systems development prepared me in knowing that I needed to understand the topic area before I embarked on building a solution. So my journey began with a detailed literature review of the topic of parent engagement. At the same time I also searched for a methodology for collecting and documenting the requirements for an online Parent Portal.

I wrote, tweeted, blogged and webcast my work, seeking feedback and comments which were readily included in the Guide under development. Below you will find descriptions of the various facets of my journey, that culminated in the production of the Guide now available at Click on the title to be directed to the page.

File(s) to Download


pdf version of the Implementation Guide

4.1MB | Friday, 27 March 2009


Generic invitation letter for district staff

17.5KB | Monday, 23 March 2009


Generic invitation letter for parents

17.8KB | Monday, 23 March 2009


Generic invitation letter for school staff

17.6KB | Monday, 23 March 2009


Mid-term project progress update

2.4MB | Sunday, 18 January 2009

Project P...t 25.doc

Master's Project Proposal Submission

2.3MB | Sunday, 18 January 2009

Consent f...ric.docx

Generic consent form

19.9KB | Monday, 23 March 2009


Defining a methodology for building the requirements model

380.5KB | Monday, 23 March 2009

Seibel EC...ode].pdf

Poster depicting research work

390.7KB | Monday, 23 March 2009