AUSTIN, TEXAS – The Texas Council of Administrators of Special Education (TCASE) is now utilizing LivingTree to provide its members with an engagement platform allowing for instant and two-way communication capability via a native mobile app (for android or iPhone) and web-based system. Implementation of LivingTree’s private network creates a complete connective fabric for members, further supporting the TCASE mission to inspire and empower special education professionals.
The LivingTree platform provides a single, secure place for engagement between TCASE members enabling efficient, organized and effective conversations. The platform also protects members’ privacy and has been organized to allow groups specific to a variety of roles and interest areas.
In addition, LivingTree provides translation in more than forty languages, shared scheduling, calendar sync to Outlook, iCal, Google, or Webcal, a network directory, private direct messaging, and volunteer management tools.
“Our wish was to deploy a solution that can truly connect members, aid in generating enthusiasm for new solutions and provide a collaboration space for current topics within special education,” said TCASE Executive Director Theresa Parsons. “LivingTree allows everyone to more effectively engage in the conversation because it is organized specifically for our group, and streamlines conversations into a single, mobile accessible place.”
LivingTree President Joni Carswell expressed her excitement about TCASE members engaging and collaborating through the LivingTree platform. “We look forward to working closely with an organization that’s truly pushing boundaries and at the forefront of partnering with educators for the best student outcomes possible. We’re excited to provide the game-changing, next generation component of the TCASE communication plan.”
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.
TCASE is a non-profit professional association with approximately 1,200 members across the state of Texas. TCASE membership is largely comprised of the lead special education professionals in public schools.
LivingTree is a private social network for your district. It’s a single, secure place on web or mobile to engage your staff, parent, and student communities. Build deeper partnerships and trust by privately translating two-way conversations to over 40 languages, sharing media, managing volunteers, instantly alerting your community, sending direct messages and more. As an administrator, LivingTree allows you to share to an entire school community or an entire district in one spot. It allows you to share as granularly as you need, down to a classroom level, or as broadly as you’d like – across an entire school, group of schools, or district.
“One of the challenges that we saw when we were archaically using paper – we would send things home and the families that spoke languages other than English had no idea what was going on at the school. The translation feature has given them the ability to understand what events are coming and how they can help. We’ve seen an increase in our second language learner families participating in our PTA and in our school.” — Kristin A., PTA President and Parent
“For every school district, safety of our students is our top priority. With LivingTree, we are now able to share information on a secure and private network.”
“We don’t ever want to put too much information out on public social media sites where a child predator would now know where they are and it would pose a safety risk to our students. That’s something that we don’t really like to think about in our schools but we must, and so LivingTree gives us that private, secure, safe network to communicate.” — Lesley Weaver, Director of Communications, Irving ISD
“The thing I really love about LivingTree as on online communication tool is it really has streamlined our communications with parents. I can send information from iPad or my iPhone and not be sitting at my desk and not at school – I can be working at home.” — Ms. Kronke, Principal
“With LivingTree you no longer have to check multiple website, multiple email accounts, and multiple calendars, everything is conveniently organized for you. The features that we use the most are photo sharing, calendar sharing, and being able to sign up for events.” — Lesley Weaver, Director of Communications, Irving ISD
“It really pulls parents into the classroom without them having to be there. In the middle of a lesson (from my cell phone) when kids are jotting down answers or working in small group I can post right away (and share what’s happening with parents).”
— Ms. Leu, Teacher
“Parents are just learning so much more, and excited about what’s going on in the classroom.”
— Carolyn L., Parent
“With LivingTree a teacher is able to show what learning is taking place and help bridge that connection between home and school.”
— Lesley Weaver, Irving ISD, Director of Communications
“Connection, it really does connect our learning community, keeping our parents, students and teachers all in one hub.” — Mr. Tinnon, Principal
“LivingTree is the one private, secure place for parents, familes, students teachers schools to connect and allow for any form of communication that’s needed to develop our children as we move forward.”
— Joni Carswell, President, LivingTree
“LivingTree makes it so much easier to communicate with parents and send information out to a whole group of parents.”
— Ms. Boreing, Teacher
“It really pulls parents into the classroom without them having to be there.”
— Ms. Leu, Teacher