There are many resources available on the internet for PowerSchool users to build skills and get questions answered.
PowerSource – The official PowerSchool knowledgebase with extensive how-to articles, forums, community customization & report exchange, training resources, and more. Questions posted here can be answered by PowerSchool employees. Requires a login.
PowerSource European Forums – The Europe-specific forums on PowerSource where you can post questions and receive answers from both PowerSchool employees and other European schools. Requires a login.
PSUG Yahoo Group – Very active forum for all things PowerSchool-related, founded in 2001 and currently boasting 11,000+ members from schools across the world. If you haven’t found your answer on PowerSource, chances are you’ll find it here. Reading the daily posts is a great way to keep your ear to the ground in the PowerSchool world. It’s a restricted group so you’ll need to request to join.
Conferences & Training Events
PowerSchool University – PSU is the primary official PowerSchool training conference, held four times annually in different cities around the United States. It’s an impeccably-planned and run event with expert trainers and dozens of incredibly useful classes for users in all different roles and skill levels, as well as open labs and ample networking opportunities. Anyone using PowerSchool extensively should attend at least once, and yearly if possible.
National PSUG Information Exchange – Similar to our Euro-PSUG conferences but on a much larger scale (for the whole United States), this annual four-day conference is organized by PowerSchool users themselves. In other words, Pearson are supportive and present but not running the show. There are about 100 unique training sessions plus dozens of workshops and presentations by vendors who have products or services that work well with PowerSchool. The next event will take place July 18-21, 2016 in Las Vegas.
PSUG Asia – Official website of the Asia PSUG founded in 2010 by Shanghai American School. They host a yearly conference as well.
Customization & Other Tools
PowerSource Exchange – This is the community exchange area of PowerSource, the official PowerSchool knowledgebase site. Community members can post customizations they have created for others to use. This is where you’ll find well-known customizations like PowerTools and Counselor Dashboard, as well as many report card templates. Requires a login.
PowerDataSolutions – PDS is an independent site run by Jason Treadwell where many popular PowerSchool customizations such as Enhanced Parent Portal, Custom Reports Bundle, One-Stop Attendance, and more are available for free download. Requires a login in order to download.
SIS Resources – Site run by Matt Freund, home of the popular sqlReports customization and numerous useful how-to articles on customization and SQL. Matt is a presenter at many PSUG Conferences and a well-known member of the PowerSchool community.
SQL Developer – Free tool for direct querying of the Oracle database. It’s indispensable when developing and testing SQL queries before embedding them into custom pages.
Park Bench Software – Authors of visual object report editing software for PowerSchool called VisualPST. If you create and edit a lot of object reports, this is an essential tool!
AccelaSchool – Home of the amazing FormBuilder customization, with more to come soon.
CherryLand Software – Site run by Brent Johnson offering a few customizations both paid and free
NickTech – Site run by Nick Peronti with some free customizations
PS Tech Group – Consulting and training company run by Greg Satterwhite specializing in scheduling and more
DERO Technical Services – Consulting and training company run by Bob Cornacchioli specializing in standards-based reporting and more
Other Users’ Groups
PSUG Michigan – This is the largest PSUG in the United States. They organize the National Conference (see above) as well as many smaller regional conferences throughout the year.
PSUG New Jersey
Alberta PSUG (Canada)