Willis ISD

Willis ISD is located 45 miles north of Houston in Willis, TX, serving roughly 8,500 students and staff. Encompassing sections of Montgomery and Jacinto Counties, Willis ISD facilitates 5 elementary schools, 2 middle schools, 1 high school, and an alternative campus in one of the most rapidly growing US areas.

Willis ISD first investigated Single Sign-On (SSO) solutions to manage digital textbooks and provide students and staff with individual accounts for greater security and accountability. “This push for SSO is just really 2 years old,” said Deborah Menefee, Willis’ Executive Director of Technology, adding “I think a lot of that is because of the digital textbook resources.” Other apps were underutilized without a central access point for users and management control for IT staff and teachers. “Ultimately the resources just didn’t get used, they were too much trouble. A teacher might have a favorite resource,” described Menefee, “and she would get all the login information for her students in that one, but not use other resources because it was just too much to manage.”

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