New Year – New Opportunity

Unsharpened pencils, fingerprint free devices, clean notebooks, perfect crayons, unused erasers, clean desks, new class decorations – ahhh, the sights and smells of a new school year. It’s hard to believe a new one is already upon us. As a parent, I have the typical worries about what new teachers and a new school year […] read more...

LivingTree Acquires ClassMessenger

We’re excited to announce that we’ve acquired ClassMessenger. We’ve worked with the impressive ClassMessenger team for the past few weeks to ensure a seamless transition for ClassMessenger users. We couldn’t be more excited to welcome ClassMessenger into the LivingTree family and ClassMessenger CEO Keith McSpurren to our Advisory Board. A quick FAQ on this exciting […] read more...

Tiered Social Network

LivingTree builds trust and partnership between schools and families by providing private, social networks to enable family engagement. LivingTree builds these communities using the LivingTree Tiered Social NetworkR. What is LivingTree’s Tiered Social NetworkR? It is a private social network that is built as a hierarchy, or ‘tiered’ – like an organization chart or feeder […] read more...

Five Steps to Engaging in the New School Year

Over the last four years, our team has had the opportunity to work with schools and districts around the United States and world to increase parent engagement. We’ve seen a few simple behaviors that drive successful programs. Some of these are basic framework for any program, however, we thought we’d share as we’ve seen them […] read more...

There’s a PLATFORM for that

There’s an app for that. In 2016 there’s an app (or a dozen) for every need and / or want we can imagine. Education technology is no different. Every week there’s another app for behavior, communication, attendance, you name it. They’re free! The teachers will drive them! But when is enough enough? When is one […] read more...

Collective Voice

Our mission at LivingTree is to build trust and partnership between schools, families, and communities. Why is this so important to us? Because we’re educators and parents ourselves and parent engagement is the number one driver of student success. The increased national conversation we’re seeing around parent engagement is exciting to say the least. With […] read more...

Thoughts on a New School Year

What an incredible few years it’s been. As we head into our fourth school year, the results we’re hearing about are further fuel to keep us leaping forward. As if contributing to an initiative which drastically improves literacy rates, attendance, graduation rates, and student performance weren’t enough, the delight of our parents, teachers, and administrators […] read more...

TEXT ME – LivingTree now has texting!!

LivingTree is thrilled to announce our latest feature! Just in time for the new school year, we’re pleased to offer SMS texting as part of our full community engagement feature set. This new feature provides even more options to reach every member of your community. Whether alerting your community to weather delays, important information, unforeseen […] read more...

Learnings from FCE

Parent engagement is our passion. Attending the national family and community engagement conference in Chicago in June was a treat in so many ways. From learning about Chicago’s community school efforts to being inspired by local and state leaders, we left re-charged to deliver on our mission to connect all those who raise, develop, and […] read more...

Teaching Your Child Healthy Friendship Skills

Written by Guest Blogger: Lisa Montierth Summer is just over the horizon! It’s coming at us fast, and it’s bringing all sorts of wonderful things with it: long hours spent under the sun, barbecues, family vacations, and, of course, a break from all the routines of the school year. With all that free time sprawling […] read more...