Proactive Family Engagement Efforts

As shared in District Administration Magazine – Q&A with Joni Carswell of LivingTree Increasing student success with proactive family engagement efforts – Having a single platform to house all activity and conversation can help districts transform family engagement! What are the benefits of an effective family engagement program? Decades of research shows that family engagement […] read more...

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...

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...

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...

Lori Genzer’s LivingTree Story

LivingTree Pride – Lori Genzer, LivingTree Senior Relationship Manager Teaching has always been a passion for Lori Genzer. “Nothing beats that light bulb moment when you see those eyes light up with understanding.” Because Lori’s elementary school served many ESL students and parents, communicating with her parents was a major challenge, and two-way conversation with a parent […] 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...

Connecting teachers, parents, and students in ONE place!

After Gretchen Kasper-Hoffman’s first year of student teaching in one of Houston’s inner-city schools, Gretchen knew she wanted to continue her career educating students in urban school communities. Gretchen chose the k-12 education field because she desired to make a difference in the world, and she firmly believes “education is the most important thing.” Gretchen […] read more...