What is Plan4Learning?

Plan4Learning is a web-based software solution used to create District and Campus Improvement Plans.

What is a District or Campus Improvement Plan?

A District or Campus Improvement Plan is an annually updated document created by school districts and/or campuses, which is used to assess needs, set improvement goals, create action plans, and drive decision-making about budgeting, curriculum, staffing patterns, staff development, and school organization. Every school district and campus in Texas is required by law to create a Campus Improvement Plan, with specific requirements mandated by both state and federal government regulations. Plan4Learning Campus Improvement Plan software makes it easy for districts and campuses to create plans that improve student performance and ensure compliance with state and federal laws.

What kind of computer do I need?

Plan4Learning is designed to work on any PC or Macintosh computer with an Internet connection. Adobe Reader is required to view Improvements Plans. To download Adobe Reader for free, click here.

Where is my information stored?

All information entered is safely stored within the Plan4Learning database, protected by a firewall, and backed up nightly. Files are not stored on district computers, so you no longer have to worry about losing your data due to an electrical storm, computer virus, or hardware problem. Storing files on a Web-based system also means you can access your improvement plans on any computer with an Internet connection - and multiple registered users can access the same data at once.

Is my information secure?

Yes. Plan4Learning runs on a secure server with 128-Bit Encryption (the same encryption used to process credit cards) and a firewall. Access is available by login only to authorized users, through a tiered structure that gives different users varying levels of access.

When can I access my Campus or District Improvement Plan?

Any time you like. Because plans are stored in the Plan4Learning database, they are available 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Data entered into the plans is instantly available for viewing by all users, anywhere an Internet connection is available.

Are updates available and how do I receive them?

Yes - we update Plan4Learning regularly to improve functionality and better meet our users' needs. Because this software is web-based, no CDs or complicated installations are required to receive updates. As updates are made, they are automatically provided to all current subscribers, at no charge.

What happens to my plan at the end of my year's subscription?

Improvement plans are stored in the Plan4Learning database for a period of ten years. Past plans are available for viewing for ten years, even if your subscription expires. For long-term storage, it is recommended that schools save completed plans on a CD.

Is training available?

Yes, we do - but you will likely be able to use the Plan4Learning software easily without any formal training. Plan4Learning is designed to be simple to use. Knowledge Base documents and help videos are included in the software, to demonstrate how to use the software. Most users are able to successfully begin using Plan4Learning after viewing the Knowledge Base documents and/or help videos. However, training is available if you need additional support. Currently, Plan4Learning training can be provided on-site at a rate of $750 plus travel expenses for a half-day, or $1500 plus travel expenses for a full day. Plan4Learning Trainers have years of experience in writing improvement plans, as well as in-depth knowledge of our software. Contact us for more information, or to schedule a training day.

Do you offer staff development training for writing Campus Improvement Plans?

Yes. Development training for Campus Improvement Plans is available at a rate of $750 plus travel expenses for a half day, or $1500 plus travel expenses for a full day.

How is the data backed up?

Data is backed up on a nightly basis, in two separate offsite locations. Many would consider this redundant, but we want to ensure we always have access to backed-up data. We also keep each backup for one month.

Can I track funding to goals?

Yes, you can. Plan4Learning allows you to assign funding sources, amounts and even account codes (optional) to each goal, performance objective and strategy in your improvement plan. To make it even easier to track funding and manage your budget, Plan4Learning automatically generates a funding summary page at the end of your improvement plan, so you can quickly and easily see which funds and dollar amounts are being used in a particular campus or district at any given time.

Can district personnel upload valuable data for principals, like Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) or budget data?

Yes. District power users (users with the highest level of tiered access) may enter data into the district plan, as well as any of the campus plans.

How long have you been in business?

We began writing the software for Plan4Learning in 2006, and our first school district signed up for the software in 2007. Now, 270 districts use Plan4Learning to create 3571 campus, department and district improvement plans.

How did your business get started?

Ross Laughter, founder of Plan4Learning, comes from a teaching family - his wife, mother, grandmother, and many other relatives are educators. He came up with the idea to create simple, easy-to-use campus improvement planning software in order to help his mother, an assistant superintendent, who was frustrated by the complications and regulations surrounding campus improvement plans. When other teachers, educators and administrators heard about the software Ross developed, he began to get requests for copies of the program. Soon, what started as a simple way for Ross to help his mom turned into a full-time job - and now, 341 districts use Plan4Learning to create 4,106 campus, department and district improvement plans.