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Brightspace for Parents

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Since the summer of 2020, Portland's official Learning Management System, LMS for short, is Brightspace by D2L. An LMS is an application that provides a framework to handle all aspects of the learning process from housing instructional content, activities, assignments, assessments, etc. Brightspace also includes a Parent Portal in order for to allow authorized parents and guardians to log in to a school's Brightspace Learning Environment to see what their children are working on, what’s on the schedule, and the latest news from the classroom. This helps parents and guardians engage with their learners and maintain awareness of their upcoming work.

Brightspace may be used in different capacities across grade levels and content areas at Portland Public Schools. While some teachers may choose to more fully utilize the LMS, others may use just a couple of the more basic tools available to help facilitate their classroom content and instruction. In general, Brightspace is meant to be used to house resources, learning activities and provide quality feedback on specific assignments for all students. While individual assignments may include grades and feedback from teachers, Brightspace is not a platform to house overall grades in a class or course. Overall and final grades will still be maintained in Progress Reports, Report Cards, and Skyward.

Please find the information below as a guide for accessing Brightspace for Parents and to learn more about this parent access to our LMS.

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To login to Brightspace for Parents, parents and guardians will need to expand the Parent Login options below the Student Login and Staff Login buttons to enter a username and password. See the image below. For reference, Brightspace usernames are the same for parents as their Skyward usernames. Emails were sent on September 21, 2021 from a "Portland Brightspace - No Reply" email address to notify parents of their usernames with a password reset link that will allow parents to set their own passwords.

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