The Compass

Welcome, new readers! The Compass is a compilation of our latest customer stories, news, resources, and events. We'll deliver the goods four times a year to help you improve productivity and make the most of your software. (Note: New customers are automatically subscribed. Not your cup of tea? You can opt-out and manage your email preferences here.) 

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The First Microsoft Software Retirement Happens This JulyAre You Prepared?

In case you’ve missed our previous emails, Microsoft will be ending support for Microsoft SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 on July 9, 2019, and Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 on January 14, 2020.

These dates are quickly approaching, and we want to make sure you are prepared.

Read more or watch this 12-minute webinar to learn how and why you should plan ahead for the replacement or upgrade of this software.


What's New with Northwoods?

Next time you log in to Northwoods University, you’ll find a brand new interface that puts your learning experience front and center!

1. You can use the search bar at the top of the screen to quickly navigate to your courses, locate content within those courses, and search for additional courses from the Course Catalog.

Northwoods University New Look

2. Once you open your course, you can watch the tutorial videos and navigate your course, all in the same view.

Northwoods University New Interface


Featured Resources


Research Library: Sign Up for Updates

Northwoods’ Research Library is another channel we created to help you understand key trends, opportunities, and challenges affecting human services and what your agency can do about them. The library includes expert content—think white papers, presentations, fact sheets, news articles, and templates—to help you implement technology and manage change in the most impactful way.

Sign up to receive updates when new resources are added (typically once or twice a month.)


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 Social Work Month Happy Social Work Month!

Social Work Month is one of our favorite months of the year. Why? Because of YOU!

Every day social workers empower some of the most vulnerable children, youth, and families. While the job is typically thankless, we wanted to say thank you and celebrate how you get people the resources they need to succeed, by providing the same for you!

We gathered a combination of inspiration and resources to help social workers succeed and stay motivated throughout the year, including memes to make you laugh, stories to lift your spirits, self-care tips to reboot, and more.

Read the full blog here.

 Onboarding Checklist Blog

Onboarding Made Quick and Easy in Human Services

It takes time to document information. It takes time to learn each child’s story. It takes time to build trust with families. And before all that can take place, it takes time to train workers on new technology.

But we know you don’t have that kind of time.

Northwoods has categorized some key steps that you can take to efficiently train new workers on your technology and related processes so that they can focus on doing meaningful work with the people who matter most: their clients.

9 Can't Miss Conferences

Can't Miss Conferences for Human Services in 2019 

Check out our list of recommended conferences that have amazing programming and speakers, and built in time for attendees to network, share ideas, and discuss how they're addressing key opportunities and challenges.


 How Traverse Can Positively Impact a Child's Life

Connecting the Dots: How Traverse Can Positively Impact a Child's Life 

Challenges like the impact of opioids or the rising need for out-of-home placements make it difficult for agencies to fulfill their missions to safeguard and deliver the highest possible quality of service.

Here are six specific use cases that demonstrate how our product  Traverse®, an outcome-oriented system of engagement, meets the business needs of a child welfare agency, while positively impacting the communities you serve.


Upcoming Events & Webinars


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See more upcoming events and view our upcoming and On Demand Webinars