We began using Tableau last winter. I've had the most luck with analysis of our state assessment test, our admins are learning to use it for analysis. Some of the math teachers understand immediately! We are iPass users, but the SIS doesn't really matter, because you have to extract all the data anyway. Take a look at Aspire Public schools - schoolzilla for ideas.
Hi Margi -- When we started using Tableau 3 1/2 years ago at Aspire, I went around the office asking people to show me the reports they created that were really time-consuming to either create or to distribute, and I offered to help. Usually it was something I could do in Tableau in a fraction of the time.
We bought Tableau Server early on, so I made sure that some of our early wins were cases where people were creating one report for each principal (or even teacher). I showed them how they could create one report and make it work for all principals -- that blew people's mind and converted even reluctant folks to care about Tableau.
Another strategy my team used was to identify a couple of people outside our team who did show interest and pay for the first year of their Tableau license and supported them as they learned about Tableau. It really helped to have the Director of HR (in our case) becoming an expert in Tableau alongside the folks on my team.
(thanks for the shout out for Schoolzilla, Elaine!)
We started using Tableau this past summer in an attempt to upgrade from Excel. Our initial MAP report blew minds left and right. It consisted of showing grade-subject-school combinations by quartiles and the percentage of students meeting growth goals. The interactivity and creation of actions (clicking a chart element that updates a list of student names) was really powerful for our principals and teachers.