Digital tools help districts overcome language barriers to family engagement

As shared in Education Dive Digital tools help districts overcome language barriers to family engagement – One social network’s automatic translation feature has helped parents better interact with teachers AUTHOR Tara García Mathewson@TaraGarciaM PUBLISHED Dec. 22, 2016 Ensuring language barriers do not get in the way of parent access to essential school and district information is […] 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...

LivingTree Doubles User Base

LivingTree Doubles User Base in Q4 as Parents, Teachers and Students Embrace Its Engagement Platform Skyrockets past the half-million user mark with millions more in the pipeline AUSTIN, TX—December 13, 2016— LivingTree, which unites educators and families with a private, safe and secure platform, today announced it has seen explosive adoption rates – adding hundreds […] read more...

Dean Drako Acquires LivingTree, a K-12 Family Engagement Company

Drako to Amplify LivingTree Tiered Social Network® Development and Cybersecurity Strength AUSTIN, TX, November 30, 2016 – LivingTree, a K-12 family engagement platform provider, today announced that Dean Drako, founder and former CEO of cybersecurity firm Barracuda Networks, has acquired the company. Drako’s multi-million dollar investment will accelerate LivingTree’s customer growth and development of its Tiered […] 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...

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015 introduced many updates regarding family engagement. Anne T. Henderson of the Annenberg Institute for School Reform released an excellent brief detailing the updates. LivingTree uniquely addresses the need to implement campus and district wide collaboration – allowing for two way conversation in native language. Below are relevant excerpts from […] read more...

Teaching Tolerance

Families join our teachers from a variety of circumstances and cultures. Moving beyond beginning of school introductions to partnership takes planning and effort. True family engagement is a year long process. Teaching Tolerance has excellent resources available to guide teachers in partnering with ALL families throughout the year to achieve ultimate student success. From this […] read more...

Family Engagement Rubric

Family engagement is the number one driver of student success, but it is often difficult to set goals and measure results. We were excited to come across a free rubric by the Flamboyan Foundation. The rubric lays out three critical criteria for the central players in engagement, our teachers: Teacher beliefs and mindsets Trusting relationships […] read more...

Effective Engagement Principles

The National Association for the Education of Young Children outlines six key principles used by exemplary programs. They’ve found that common practices lead to successful family engagement. These principles are outlined in detail along with profiles from the exemplary programs. The six principles: Invite families to participate in decision making and goal setting for their […] read more...