Who Uses This Software?

KALPA PDMS is easy for teachers, principals and administers to learn and use.


Average Ratings

8 Reviews

  • 4.5 / 5
    Overall

  • 4.5 / 5
    Ease of Use

  • 5 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Starting Price
    Not provided by vendor
  • Free Demo
    Yes
  • Deployment
    Cloud, SaaS, Web
  • Training
    Documentation
    Webinars
    Live Online
    In Person
  • Support
    Business Hours

Vendor Details

  • KALPA Systems
  • marketing.kalpapdms.com
  • Founded 1999
  • United States

About KALPA

A tool allowing local school districts to track, manage and report all aspects of staff professional development. Used in public and private K-12 school districts and community colleges. Designed to track compliance with specific professional development requirements in compliance with state or district rules/regulations.


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KALPA Features

  • Compensation Management
  • Competency Management
  • Employee Lifecycle Management
  • Goal Setting
  • Individual Development Plans
  • Onboarding
  • Performance Management
  • Recruitment Management
  • Succession Planning
  • Training Management

KALPA Reviews Recently Reviewed!


Kalpa is Great for Professional Development Management

Apr 26, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Kalpa provides a very user friendly software that allows for flexibility on how you design, implement and track your professional development for your staff. As a school district, we like how we can create customized courses and easily track the completion of the courses by our staff members. Further, our staff likes the Kalpa system because it helps them track the completion of their professional development plan so they can use it to renew their teaching certificates. This product has been a game changer for us in terms of being able to manage professional development hours.

Cons: It seems to me that Kalpa continues to improve. Thus, I don't have any specific cons. We are always looking for a few more customizable features. One that I can think of is that it is a little tricky to map out PD courses that take place for several days in a row versus one period of time on a single day. But, we are able to work around that with ease. Again, it's a great product.

Overall: We have been using this product for years and we highly recommend it. If you do have any trouble setting up or maintaining your system, the customer service department at Kalpa is top notch. They can help with anything.

Vendor Response

by KALPA Systems on June 06, 2019

Stephen- Thank-you for your thoughtful review. We are so pleased to see you find our KALPA Professional Development tool to be user friendly, flexible and a "game changer" with perspective to managing PD effectively. We also pride ourselves in being there for our customers --so thanks for the call out on our customer service team.

We greatly appreciate our partnership!

Best option

Apr 19, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Operates exactly as needed, always works, support from the vendor is exceptional, the price point is exceptional

Cons: Nothing, it's an exceptional product.

Overall: In the first year of Kalpa implementation, our organization realized a $40-50,000 savings compared to the cost of our previous system and staff time to manage the previous system. We realized that savings, provided our end users a much more simple and robust solution and advanced our capabilities. Literally a win-win-win. We were the first organization in the state to contract with Kalpa. Since that time, 4 of the other largest school systems in the state have adopted Kalpa based on what they witnessed with us.

Vendor Response

by KALPA Systems on June 06, 2019

Matt- Thank-you for the wonderful review. We are extremely excited to grow our business in Arkansas thanks to your trust of our KALPA Professional Development system. It is so great to hear that we not only helped you save a little money but also provided your school district with advanced capabilities and a simpler solution.

We look forward to our partnership growing over the next years.

Amazing Customer Service!!

May 03, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The software functions as needed. The implementation was a smooth transition. The software is reliable, intuitive, and easy to use. KALPA customer service is prompt to respond and resolve any issues. The software developers carefully consider enhancement requests when submitted by their customers.

Cons: The software does not integrate with other programs that we use. However, the KALPA team assisted with data transfers when needed.

Overall: We purchased KALPA software to track and manage professional learning hours for our staff. The district is required to provide documented professional learning opportunities for staff, and we track the hours of our certified staff and report the hours to the state. This software is updated regularly to remain compliant with state reporting requirements.

KALPA customer service is first rate!!

Vendor Response

by KALPA Systems on June 06, 2019

Thank-you Rhoda for the outstanding review and recommendation. We greatly pride ourselves on being there for our customers and providing extraordinary customer service. We develop and enhance our solution based on feedback from our over 65,000 teachers and administrators.

We greatly appreciate your kind words.

Public School KALPA

Apr 26, 2019
4/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Very easy to use the program to fit your individual needs.

Can modify the program to include specific needs.

Tracks all of our staff hours in one spot.

Can create reports for with certain criteria as needed.

Sales team willing to help whenever needed, even set up one on one training.

Cons: Removing a staff member from system, does not delete them from futures courses.

Certain hours do not total up into the next year, based on a 3 year status.

Overall: Really love the KALPA system and how easy it is to work with. The sales staff has been great and willing to help when needed. We keep digging in to what KALPA can do for us, and come up with new ideas.

Vendor Response

by KALPA Systems on June 06, 2019

Teresa- Thank-you for your review. We greatly enjoy working with you and your team on better management of Professional Development. We are pleased that you find our solution very easy to use and can be customized to fit your individual needs.

We take great pride in our relationships we build with our customers in assisting you and your team be more successful!

It works as intended

Jul 08, 2019
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: It gives teachers an online resource to house their PD for future reference.

Cons: That in our district it is very dependent on one person and that's me. Not enough teachers use it properly because when it was rolled out before I got here, I don't think it was effectively shared with employees.

Overall: It does what it's supposed to do, but I find because not enough teachers are using it an intended, alot of responsibility falls on me to get the information added. It always falls to the side because I don't have enough time and I feel like the teacher records are not up to date.

Kalpa to track PD records

Apr 23, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Kalpa is very simple to navigate, reliable, and user friendly for those who need to focus on their responsibilities, not record keeping.

Cons: No issues or concerns, great product and great customer support.

Overall: Kalpa provides reliable, accurate professional development records with little management or training required.

Vendor Response

by KALPA Systems on June 06, 2019

Debbie- Thank-you for the outstanding review! We greatly appreciate working with you and your school district. I am very pleased that you find our KALPA Professional Development system to be simple to navigate, reliable and user friendly. It prides me to also hear you are pleased with our customer service. This is an area we believe differentiates us from others. We love giving personal support and working to customize to your needs.

KALPA Review

Apr 19, 2019
5/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Electronic record keeping of professional development. Eliminates the need for paper tracking.

Cons: We are still learning how to best use the software. Training the staff and answering numerous "how to" questions has been time-consuming. However, as with all new software of process changes, once everyone is familiar with this program the benefits will outweigh the challenges.

Overall: The sales reps and support staff have been very responsive and helpful. I would appreciate some helpful one-pagers with how to's for staff and administrators.

Vendor Response

by KALPA Systems on June 06, 2019

Barb- Thank you for the kind review. We are very proud of our high touch customer service and will continue to work with you to make the KALPA Professional Development System the best ever.

Works for a small district

Apr 26, 2019
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: As a small district our administrators where many hats and KALPA has allowed us to streamline the end of the year process and save hours of manpower hours, which in the end is saving the district money.

Cons: Each PD session needs to be entered individually, a mass upload would be a nice advancement to the product.

Vendor Response

by KALPA Systems on June 06, 2019

Shelly- Thank-you for your kind review. At KALPA Professional Development, we customize our solution to work with any size school districts. Recognizing the challenge small districts have in "wearing many hats"- we want you to worry a little less about managing Professional Development. We are very happy that we can help save you time and money.