California Health Education Framework website launched to support teachers of health education in advancing pedagogical practices and content knowledge.
THE SECTORPOINT SOLUTION - SectorPoint, Inc. partnered with the Orange County Department of Education (OCDE) Health Education project team to distill a website vision through user story mapping, wireframes and prototyping. This partnership ultimately led to a complete build-out of a custom Microsoft® SharePoint 2019 website that included web parts which allowed the Health Education team to streamline website publishing workflows.
The OCDE was selected by the California Department of Education (CDE) to roll out the California Health Education Framework, including a new website for the statewide framework. This new site would provide guidance to teachers, school site and district administrators, and other agencies, on changes to the 2008 Health Education Standards, create professional learning opportunities supporting high-quality health education, and publish new resources and tools that would build the health-related knowledge and skills of students.
The Health Education project team included educational leaders and consultants with expertise in health education, best practices and pedagogy who were not specialists in IT or web development. The team had a vision of what the website should look like and what resources it needed to provide, which ranged from professional learning opportunities to resources and tools for teachers supporting health education efforts.
However, translating this vision to a website solution that was both within the technology standards of the OCDE IT Department and within the allocated budget required deep collaboration with a trusted vendor partner architect. In short, the Health Education team of educators and program staff needed a team to work out the technical details of the site. To accomplish this, OCDE turned to SectorPoint and engaged with our team to frame the OCDE Health Education site vision into an end-to-end digital experience.
Utilizing their educator familiarity with Google® Apps for Education, the Health Education Team mocked up the vision of the Heath Education site as a series of Google Docs™. As a result of many collaborative meetings, the SectorPoint team was able to take this vision and propose a website architecture and metadata taxonomy that supported “tagging” resources based on grade spans ranging from Transitional Kindergarten to Grades 9-12, Health Education Content Areas (such as Nutrition and Physical Activity) and content type (information resource, Curriculum and Lessons, book lists and classroom activities).
After the site architecture was mapped, the above taxonomy along with the visual creative design was implemented in SharePoint 2019, including a series of custom web parts populated from SharePoint Lists maintained by nontechnical staff. These SharePoint lists allow staff to easily add new items and classify items under the correct grade span, content area and resource type by simply “filling in the blanks.” The custom web parts developed by SectorPoint present information without staff needing to figure out proper website styles or publishing and resulting in a streamlined workflow of web publishing for Health Education Framework staff assigned to the project.
In collaboration with the Heath Education project team, SectorPoint was able to precisely identify the challenges staff were experiencing working with SharePoint, OCDE’s web publishing standard and then create a custom-tailored workflow through SharePoint content types, managed metadata and custom web parts. This solution served to take the guesswork out of where and how to publish information and eliminated the frustration staff often encountered when attempting to troubleshoot and contend with web publishing styling and device compatibility issues.
“The solution implemented by SectorPoint has measurably helped our team streamline the publishing of content and resources for the California Health Education website. The site has contributed immensely toward our goal of supporting teachers of health education in advancing pedagogical practices and content knowledge, and we continue to receive rave reviews about it. I sincerely appreciate the SectorPoint team’s hard work in bringing the website vision to life.”