GREENFIELD, MA – The Greenfield Public Schools unveiled a new website this morning. The site is the culmination of teamwork between the Greenfield Public Schools (GPS) design team and Travis Johnston of the web development team at the Collaborative for Educational Services (CES). Johnston met initially with the GPS team in March. Based on the GPS team goals, he presented design options in April. The design that was chosen was the unanimous choice of the GPS team.
The goals of the new GPS website included a design that was easy to navigate and accessible to students, families, community and staff; included expanded calendar features; and integrated social media. The new design, with the use of more photography throughout, reflects the learning and activities at Greenfield Public Schools using a fresh approach.
The website development process included content testing in small and large groups, including a final twenty-person user test in June; with faculty, staff, PTO, and student council members. This testing resulted in feedback that assisted in the fine-tuning of the design. Multiple administrators and administrative assistants in the district received website management training to provide updates moving forward. GPS will continue to update the site during the summer, with the final launch in August.
Prior to the GPS website design, CES website development projects have included the Hatfield Public Schools website (www.hatfieldps.net) and the Pioneer Valley Educational Readiness Center (www.earlyeducatorpathways.org). The Readiness Center site is part of an ongoing project which will expand the concept to encompass readiness centers across the state. The Greenfield Public Schools website is www.gpsk12.org.