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Canvas in the Upper Mid-West

I'm wondering if there are schools in Wisconsin, Minnesota or Iowa that are willing to have a focused look at how we are using Canvas in our K-12 settings. We could all learn from each other - perhaps even set up some site visits and hopefully grow into a productive PLC!  

Holmen is a school district of approximately 4000 students. We currently are using Canvas in our middle school and high school, although it is not mandatory for teachers to do so. Our Instructional Services team is exciting about the possibility of housing our curriculum documents in Canvas, which could potentially draw in interest from our Elementary teachers. If not using Canvas, teachers are using Google Classroom. 

I hope this will spark a round of discussion!  Thanks!

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Community Coach
Community Coach

Hi Lisa!

Great questions!! Smiley Happy

There is a Midwest Regional Canvas Users‌ group, but that includes Higher Education institutions and a much larger geographic location. There is also a Minnesota Canvas User Group‌, and we meet face-to-face a few times a year in addition to having the online collaborative space.

I'm looking forward to seeing how this discussion develops!

Community Member

Hi all!

Always great to learn from each other!!

I am located in Cedar Rapids Iowa.  We have the 2nd largest enrollment in the State of Iowa with 16,294 students in 21 elementary schools, 6 middle schools and 4 high schools plus various alternative schools.  

We have been using Canvas for about 6 years now.  It was first implemented in the High Schools followed by Middle Schools then the Elementary Schools.  The heaviest users of Canvas would be the High Schools and Middle Schools, but Elementary has been gaining traction.    Elementary has gained traction within the last two years because the curriculum materials are linked within Canvas. 

Canvas is not mandatory, but the teachers are starting to see the benefits and using it more all the time.

Looking forward to the discussions as well!

Community Member


I am an instructional coach/technology coach at the 2 high schools in Elmbrook School District (Brookfield, WI) and we currently use Canvas at our 4 secondary schools.

We have been using Canvas for about 5 years now and I would definitely be interested in connecting with other schools to learn from them and to share how we are using it!

Joanie Rueth

Community Member

Hi Lisa,

I am the Director of Technology and Personalized Learning in the Verona Area School District. We are a school district in WI that uses Canvas 6-12, again like you, not required. I would love to connect on how things are going and get ideas!


Community Member

I am the district librarian in DeWitt Iowa.  We have been using Canvas K-12 for 5 years.  It is only mandatory at the 7-12 level, but the teachers only have to use it for one of the classes they teach.  We are always looking for ways to get elementary involved.  Would love for there to be a midwest users conference.  

Tammy McClimon

...I wonder what it would take to get a CanvasCon closer to us? Chicago? Minneapolis??

Community Coach
Community Coach

I should officially introduce myself and provide my school's background too! Smiley Happy

I am an art teacher, the Canvas Engagement Specialist, and Canvas co-admin at DeLaSalle High School. We're located very close to downtown Minneapolis. DeLaSalle is a diverse private Catholic school of approximately 750 students. Our students all have iPads, so our students spend more time in the Canvas Student app than they do with the browser version.

We went "all in" on our first day of Canvas adoption! It was an intimidating decision to make, but we don't regret it! We are in the middle of our 5th year.

Community Participant

I am one of five secondary tech integrators in the secondary schools in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

The Oshkosh Area School District has been using Canvas for 4 years in grades 6-8.  We are not requiring it, but we have a lot of proficient users.  We would love to get more teachers on board now that parents are seeing the potential and asking why everyone is not using it.  We are also very interested in how districts use Canvas for proficiency grading, standards based grading, and personalized learning.  These have been struggles for us because of the points based gradebook and quizzes.  

Our team would love to chat more about anything that will help us move our Canvas usage to the next level.

Tim Kohl

That is why I jumped on the discussion on Canvas. Maybe the powers that be

at Canvas will see a need.

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