Why and What?

The Hamilton City School District faced a large growth in devices used by students and staff. The complexity of managing various software packages increased. Moreover, many school applications were dated or completely lacking in function. Data frequently was siloed and difficult access and understand. Also, software was expensive.

Developed by school techs, we decided to use modern web standards to create an open-source platform districts could use to host and create their own apps. The Abre platform runs on a web server and integrates with the most common educational ecosystems like Google, Microsoft, LMSs, and SISs. Abre hosts internal apps that serve particular functions. For example: A helpdesk app integrates with Google accounts to track and coordinate Chromebook repairs.

Hamilton has run Abre for three years. It is the backbone of all district applications: From IT support, to human resources, to parent communications and interactions. We’ve grown successful enough that other districts have implemented Abre as well.

This presentation will focus on Abre Apps and Core Functions that pertain to IT staff and their roles in supporting the district.


Zach Vander Veen is the Technology Director for Hamilton City School District (Ohio) and cofounder of Abre. His Bio can be viewed at https://edlighten.net/about/.

Outline of the Presentation

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