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    UPDATED: November 16, 2021.

    This December, AACPS families will be able to use a new tool, Brightspace for Parent & Guardian, to help their students succeed.

    This exciting system will be easy to access, simple to use and provide a more in-depth look into their student's performance.

    Features include dynamic dashboards where families can track student progress; teacher communication tools to support school-family connections and easy access to lessons, assignments, and assessed work/grades.

    We are going slow to go fast with Brightspace.  During the Fall, our students and teachers are learning to use Brightspace.  At the beginning of Quarter 2 in November, a pilot program with specific teachers and their students' families will be testing the system and ensuring it is easy to use and providing the content as it should. After the pilot, in early December, all parents and guardians will receive their invitations to join the Brightspace for Parent & Guardian community. 

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  • What is Brightspace?

    Brightspace is a learning management system (LMS) that teachers and students use for online teaching and learning. Brightspace is a multimedia environment designed to support all aspects of learning.  Features include dynamic learning dashboards where students, families, and teachers can track student engagement and achievement; communication tools to support teacher-student-family connection and interaction; and easy access to lessons, assignments, learning resources, and assessed work/grades. This video provides a helpful explanation.

    Students and teachers are using Brightspace as a part of their daily classroom experience now. Families will be able to access the Brightspace for Parent & Guardian tool in December 2021.

  • What is Brightspace for Parent & Guardian?

    Coming in December 2021: Brightspace for Parent & Guardian is an easy and secure way for teachers to share information with families. Once launched, parents and guardians will be able to log in at any time, as well as receive weekly emails with the latest information on their student(s). Parents will quickly be able to see what assignments are coming due, the latest news from the classroom, examples of their child’s work, check out recent assignment grades and review feedback. Parents will get insight into what is happening in the classroom and have the information they need to help their student reach their potential.

    This video will introduce you to Brightspace for Parent & Guardian.

    Stay tuned for training videos on how to use Brightspace for Parent & Guardian closer to December.

  • How can Brightspace for Parent & Guardian help me monitor my student’s work?

    Watch this video to see how easy it is to view upcoming and overdue assignments, grades, teacher feedback, and other key information to help you help your student succeed. In addition, Brightspace for Parent & Guardian allows you to sign up for weekly emails which will send key information about upcoming or overdue assignments and recent grades right to your email inbox.

  • I have multiple children in grades 1 – 12 who attend AACPS. Can I have access to all their accounts under just one username and password?

    Yes – once you are logged in with your family account (coming in December), you will easily be able to see each of your children’s information from the same dashboard.

  • Will the PowerSchool Parent Portal be going away?

    PowerSchool Parent Portal is NOT going away. Your PowerSchool Parent Portal account will still provide you with the big picture of your student’s overall performance. You will continue to use it to see cumulative grades for each course, past report cards, attendance information and to email your student’s teachers.

  • I already use PowerSchool - why should I sign on to Brightspace for Parent & Guardian?

    PowerSchool and Brightspace for Parent & Guardian actually work together to provide more complete information to help families support their students. PowerSchool provides a summarized overview of a student's grades while Brightspace for Parent & Guardian provides current and more in-depth information about your child’s assignments and class status.

    Brightspace for Parent & Guardian

    • Shows upcoming assignments

    • Shows rubrics for assignments

    • Flags overdue assignments

    • Can send weekly emails with upcoming & overdue assignments and other key information

    • Gives access to student’s submitted work and teacher feedback

    • Shares teacher announcements and discussions

    PowerSchool

    • Shows final grades for class assignments

    • Shows cumulative and final class grades

    • Shows past report card grades

    • Provides links to teacher emails

    • Provides attendance data

  • What if I do not have a computer or access to the internet at home?

    You can log into Brightspace for Parent & Guardian on any device - including your Smartphone!

  • How do I sign up for weekly emails?

    Coming in December 2021: Once you have logged in to your Brightspace for Parent & Guardian dashboard, select your name in the top right corner of the screen. Under Notifications, you will be able to input an email address and request weekly email notifications.

  • Can I login in to Brightspace for Parent & Guardian from my student’s Chromebook?

    You cannot use an AACPS student Chromebook to access your Brightspace for Parent & Guardian accounts.

  • Is there a Brightspace for Parent & Guardian mobile app?

    Although the Brightspace parent company, D2L, is working on an app for the Parent & Guardian content, it is not yet as user-friendly as we would like. We recommend accessing Brightspace Parent & Guardian through a browser at this time. The Brightspace app PULSE was created for student use and you will not be able to access your family dashboard if you try to sign in with it.

  • Whom should I contact if I have a question about access and logging into Brightspace for Parent & Guardian??

    Once Brightspace for Parent & Guardian is launched (December 2021), AACPS staff will be able to support you. At this time, families are not able to access Brightspace for Parent & Guardian.