Texas Education Service Centers Partner with LivingTree
Together, ESCs and LivingTree bring one integrated K-12 private “social-like” network to school communities
AUSTIN, TX, July 15, 2014 /Education PR News/ — In light of Texas House Bill 5 requirements regarding community engagement, several regional education service centers have partnered with LivingTree to bring a unique, private collaboration platform to their districts, schools, classrooms, parents and students. Representing over 600,000 students in the state of Texas, Educational Service Centers 1, 5, 8, and 14 are excited to provide LivingTree’s cutting edge platform which features translation to 40+ languages in addition to integrated analytics and reporting on family and community engagement.
LivingTree empowers educational institutions and organizations to connect, share and coordinate at all levels of the network by sharing posts, push notifications/alerts, media, files, events, content, volunteer/sign up management, private direct messaging and directory listings. The network also extends to ancillary networks (e.g., PTA, athletics, student government, etc.), as well as equal access for everyone in the socio-economic curve with rich web access, full featured Android and iOS applications and translation support in 40+ languages so that every family has a seat at the window of the classroom and school community.
“LivingTree is an obvious choice for streamlining communication and House Bill 5 compliance,” says Robb McClellan, Director of Technology for ESC 14. “We’re excited to bring the LivingTree feature set to our 42 districts. Translation will allow for communication to all families while automatic, integrated reporting dramatically simplifies self-assessment and goal setting for community engagement.” Jenny Thomas, Oak Forest Elementary principal within Houston ISD agrees: “Repeatedly, our parents share that LivingTree has had a huge impact on making them feel more connected to the school. They also express that they are more aware than ever before of what events are happening on campus. This has led to even greater parent involvement at our school.”
LivingTree’s solution is a private, secure, social communication and engagement platform on web, iOS, and Android, applying a next generation approach to connecting networks of people involved in educating our children. Built on the latest web and mobile technologies and backed by a highly scalable cloud deployment, LivingTree’s feature-rich Web 2.0 platform displaces outdated tools such as email blasts/notification systems, web/parent portals, websites, teacher blogs, printed handouts, etc.
“We’re excited about partnering with these education service centers as the recommended and supported community engagement platform for all of their elementary, middle schools, high schools, and districts. We look forward to bringing greater transparency and engagement to the families and communities of the 600,000 students in these regions,” said Cullen Childress, CEO and co-founder of LivingTree.
About LivingTree: Founded in 2012, LivingTree’s mission is to connect the people who raise, develop, and educate our children. LivingTree empowers leaders and organizations to connect, share, and coordinate up, down and across all levels of their private network – with school families at the end of the network.
For more information visit www.livingtree.com.