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The Secret to a Positive School Culture? Ask the Kids in the Hall

Wednesday, November 29, 2023 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST

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Presented by Kirsten Weigert, Culture Coach, Sun Valley Middle and High Schools, Union County Public Schools (NC); and Britt White, VP of Sales and Customer Success, SmartPass
Moderated by Jim McVety, Managing Partner, First Step Advisors

Sponsored by SmartPass

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As school leaders look for ways to improve student engagement, instructional quality, and foster an ever-improving culture of learning, they are turning their attention to the classroom and all the spaces that impact students. That’s why digital hall passes are becoming the unexpected linchpin for school culture and climate. Find out how schools are using new technology to improve student movement and create better student outcomes.


  • Discover the connection between student movement on campus and school culture
  • Get practical strategies for building and maintaining a positive school culture
  • Identify tools that support these efforts

This recorded edWebinar is of interest to middle and high school teachers, school and district leaders, and education technology leaders.

Kirsten Weigert

About the Presenters

Kirsten Weigert has over 20 years’ experience in education in various areas and states. She began her education career in Delaware at the elementary level as a special education teacher and an educational diagnostician. She left Delaware in 2014 and worked for the New Jersey Department of Education as a School Climate Specialist assisting schools throughout the state to improve school climate. In 2020 she moved to North Carolina where she became a Culture Coach for Union County Public Schools.

All of her roles in education have always guided her to help schools become places where students want to be and not places where students have to be. Her current role allows her to use various tools to engage students and teachers in meaningful conversations and help them succeed. Walking into any school building you should feel welcome and that all staff there believe in the students and their futures.

Britt White

Britt White is the VP of Sales and Customer Success for SmartPass. If you ask her what her superpower is, she will say without hesitation, “My superpower is getting people excited about whatever I am excited about.” When she combined her enthusiasm for growth and team building with her educational background and experience, it became evident that her ideal niche was in educational technology. She loves being able to change the lives of principals every day by being a part of a product that takes the sting out of student movement on campus so principals can focus on the really important stuff—their staff and students.

Jim McVety

About the Moderator

Jim McVety is Senior Partner of First Step Advisors. A lifelong advocate for innovation in education, Jim brings with him 20+ years of research and analysis experience. Jim has hosted numerous webinars, expert panels, and keynote presentations during his career, and his focus is on building the capacity of service organizations to better support educators and students.

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SmartPassCreated by a public high school assistant principal and two of his students, SmartPass arose from the need to limit disruptions and problematic behaviors in school hallways. It’s this background that guides our mission to make student movement on campus easier and less stressful, while also improving student safety.

Students spend critical instructional time in hallways. SmartPass helps control the flow of students in your hallways and ensure they get the most out of the school day thanks to features like Emergency Mode, Encounter Prevention, Flex Time scheduling, student-level customizations, and always-free digital IDs. Over 10,000 principals and school leaders use SmartPass for hall passes, ID Cards, advisory periods, pull-out interventions, counseling sessions, and more.

The secret to a positive school culture? Smarter student movement.


Wednesday, November 29, 2023
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST
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