Online and Home Learning Resources for Schools Teachers and Families
  • Online & Home Learning Resources for Schools, Teachers, & Families

    Online and Home Learning Resources for Schools Teachers and Families
    • by admin
    • March 24, 2020
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    • Resources
    • With millions of students experiencing school disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, both teachers and families are making plans to keep students on track and learning while at home. That means that students and their families are now in the position of driving that learning. But, teachers are s

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  • Scholastic Learn At Home Digital Hub
  • Scholastic Creates Free ‘Learn At Home’ Digital Hub to Keep Students Learning

    Scholastic Learn At Home Digital Hub
    • by admin
    • March 24, 2020
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    • General
    • As recently featured in a CNN article, the educational company Scholastic “has launched a ‘Learn at Home’ website that has daily courses for students from Pre-kindergarten to grades 6 and higher.” This free, open-access digital hub was created to help keep students learning while school sc

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  • Communicating to Families About Coronavirus
  • What School Districts Should Communicate to Families About Coronavirus

    Communicating to Families About Coronavirus
    • by admin
    • March 17, 2020
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    • District Resources
    • Just last week, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the Coronavirus (COVID-19) spread a global pandemic. What we know for sure is that this virus is at the top of everyone’s mind, especially the minds of family members with children in school. This pandemic is something the world has nev

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  • Livingtree Services During the COVID-19 Crisis
  • Livingtree Services During the COVID-19 Crisis

    Livingtree Services During the COVID-19 Crisis
    • by admin
    • March 16, 2020
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    • News
    • First and foremost, we hope you are healthy and safe. Our thoughts are with everyone and all of the school communities affected by this phenomenon. This is something the world has never dealt with before, and these are uncharted waters for leaders across the globe. COVID-19 is at top of mind for al

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  • What You Need To Know About School Crowdfunding Livingtree Blog
  • What You Need to Know About School Crowdfunding

    What You Need To Know About School Crowdfunding Livingtree Blog
    • by admin
    • February 13, 2020
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    • Fundraising
    • Whether you are a district administrator, a school administrator, an educator, or even a community member, chances are you've seen an online fundraising campaign from one of your local school classrooms or programs. With the reported rise in school crowdfunding campaigns across the country, it's cl

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  • Crowdfunding Policy Guidance and Best Practices
  • Crowdfunding Policy Guidance & Best Practice for School Districts

    Crowdfunding Policy Guidance and Best Practices
    • by admin
    • December 13, 2019
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    • District Fundraising Resources
    • Crowdfunding provides enormous opportunities for today's classrooms and school programs to raise money because of it's efficiency. Organizers can create campaigns in no time, and share them with hundreds if not thousands of people online. However, these same opportunities also pose serious risks

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  • How to Make Crowdfunding Work in Your School District (A Step-By-Step Guide)

    • by admin
    • December 6, 2019
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    • District Fundraising Resources
    • As a growing number of school communities turn to crowdfunding and raise more money than ever before for their classrooms and programs, what should be celebrated as a victory has turned into a concern for school district administrators. The concept of online fundraising in K-12 schools has erupt

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  • School Districts can Pre-Approve ANY Fundraiser on Livingtree Give
  • School Districts Can Now Pre-Approve Fundraisers from Any Crowdfunding Site on Livingtree Give

    School Districts can Pre-Approve ANY Fundraiser on Livingtree Give
    • by admin
    • November 7, 2019
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    • New Features News
    • Livingtree Give’s new feature centralizes fundraising procedures and equips school districts with a comprehensive process to pre-approve fundraising requests from any programs or sites like DonorsChoose, GoFundMe, SnapRaise, and more AUSTIN, TX, October 7, 2019 – Livingtree, a fundraisi

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  • Livingtree's Family Engagement Professional Development Workshop
  • Livingtree Announces New North Dakota Partnership

    Livingtree's Family Engagement Professional Development Workshop
    • by admin
    • October 28, 2019
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    • Family Engagement News
    • Livingtree introduces program in North Dakota focused on bringing families closer to their child(ren)’s learning experiences at school through innovative strategies and technology. AUSTIN, TEXAS -- OCTOBER 28, 2019 Schools across North Dakota have officially began a partnership with Living

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  • Understanding and Managing Crowdfunding Risk in School Districts
  • Understanding and Managing Crowdfunding Risk

    Understanding and Managing Crowdfunding Risk in School Districts
    • by admin
    • September 19, 2019
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    • District Fundraising
    • Teacher crowdfunding can bring important resources - tied to specific classroom needs, where government funding falls short. But it also opens educators up to substantial liabilities. It's crucial for school districts to understand how to manage the risks that are associated with crowdfunding campa

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  • Officials from Livingtree, Cox, and Newport News Public Schools
  • Livingtree Partners with Cox to Enhance Family Engagement in Newport News Public Schools

    Officials from Livingtree, Cox, and Newport News Public Schools
    • by admin
    • August 21, 2019
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    • District Family Engagement News
    • District powered with new tech designed for measurable student growth this school year Austin, Texas (August 20, 2019) – Livingtree, Inc announced a partnership with the Newport News Public Schools and Cox to bring families closer to their child(ren)’s learning experiences at school. Through a

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  • Livingtree Engage Updates
  • New Livingtree Engage Updates – Tutorials, Translation, & Polling!

    Livingtree Engage Updates
    • by admin
    • July 22, 2019
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    • New Features
    • Are you preparing to be a family engagement rockstar next year? We're here for you, and we've made some new feature updates on Livingtree Engage to make engaging families a little easier! We are constantly working on new features that benefit the Family Engagement process, and remove barriers for ed

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  • The Liabilities of Crowdfunding for K-12 School Districts
  • The Liabilities of Crowdfunding for K-12 Districts

    The Liabilities of Crowdfunding for K-12 School Districts
    • by admin
    • June 13, 2019
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    • District Fundraising
    • School districts across the country are faced with a new challenge when it comes to funding: managing the liabilities of crowdfunding (online fundraising). With the number of school teachers spending money out of pocket for classroom projects, and the after-school clubs and teams in need of addition

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  • Crowdfunding in K-12 Schools: Today’s Situation | Vlog Episode 3

    • by admin
    • May 23, 2019
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    • District Fundraising
    • https://youtu.be/WxyEuydR-SQ In this week's episode, Livingtree CEO Gary Hensley discusses the current situation in K-12 schools when it comes to crowdfunding and the risks that teachers, donors, and the district all face when it's not done right.   Hi everybody, welcome to this week’s editi

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  • Livingtree's Family Efficacy Score
  • Livingtree, INC Launches The Family Efficacy Score™, A Major Advancement In Family Engagement

    Livingtree's Family Efficacy Score
    • by admin
    • May 21, 2019
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    • New Features News
    • AUSTIN, TX — May 21, 2019 —Livingtree, Inc., today announced the launch of The Family Efficacy Score™ (FES). Creator of Livingtree Engage platform, the private, safe, and secure community for teachers and families to engage in support of better learning outcomes for children announces a major

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  • The Evolution of K-12 Fundraising | Vlog Episode 2

    • by admin
    • May 21, 2019
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    • Fundraising
    • https://youtu.be/_vVyMc71NMA "Why is it that I have to buy something in order to support my child?" is the question that Livingtree CEO Gary Hensley poses. Over the last decade, there has been a shift in the way that parents prefer to interact with school fundraising.   Hey everybody and welco

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  • School Program Saves by Not Using Snap-Raise
  • How a School Program Saved Thousands by NOT Using Snap-Raise

    School Program Saves by Not Using Snap-Raise
    • by admin
    • May 9, 2019
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    • Fundraising Schools Testimonials
    • The Basha High School Air Force JROTC program in Chandler, AZ had used Snap-Raise in previous years, but they recently launched a fundraiser on another online fundraising platform, and this move likely added an additional $4,000 to their bank account that they would have otherwise lost. The change w

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  • How School Districts are Funded | Vlog Episode 1

    • by admin
    • May 8, 2019
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    • District
    • https://youtu.be/0MSy-HFfutQ Do you know how school districts are funded? Livingtree CEO Gary Hensley took a moment in the first of our new vlog series to address the confusion of where districts receive their funding and the challenges they face. What are your thoughts? Hey everybody, my name

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  • The Beginning of Livingtree Give | CEO Gary Hensley

    • by admin
    • May 1, 2019
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    • Fundraising The Story
    • https://youtu.be/5pR0105g2K0 In this video, Livingtree CEO Gary Hensley talks about the beginning of Livingtree Give and why he originally started the company.  "I wanted to take an opportunity to talk a little bit about something that really was the beginning of Livingtree Give. The prod

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  • Crowdfunding school districts ban and embrace it
  • Crowdfunding: Some Districts Ban It, Others Embrace It

    Crowdfunding school districts ban and embrace it
    • by admin
    • April 4, 2019
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    • District Fundraising
    • Sarah Schwartz’s Education Week blog follows the recent Crowdfunding Research Report published by EdSurge, and outlines many reasons why a multitude of school districts like Metro Nashville Public Schools are banning the use of crowdfunding sites like DonorsChoose.org. With the recent boom in educ

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  • Livingtree Districts Listed on EdSurge Crowdfunding Report
  • EdSurge Crowdfunding Report Lists Livingtree District as “Paving the Way”

    Livingtree Districts Listed on EdSurge Crowdfunding Report
    • by admin
    • March 21, 2019
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    • District Fundraising News
    • Online fundraising is a growing area in K-12, and crowdfunding has exploded onto the scene over the last decade. While many students, families, teachers, and schools have embraced this new type of fundraising, school districts are facing unintended liabilities from these types of campaigns. EdSurge

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  • Platform-App Built for Family Engagement
  • The Platform Built for Family Engagement

    Platform-App Built for Family Engagement
    • by admin
    • March 18, 2019
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    • District Family Engagement Schools Teacher
    • In our increasingly digital world, there’s an app (or a dozen) for every need and/or want we can imagine. Education technology is no different. Every week, it seems like there is a different app for behavior, communication, attendance - you name it. With limited direction from the school or distri

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  • Livingtree Give Leaderboard Fundraising Feature
  • Livingtree Give Launches “Leaderboard” Fundraising Feature

    Livingtree Give Leaderboard Fundraising Feature
    • by admin
    • March 13, 2019
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    • Fundraising New Features News
    • Livingtree Give just added a little competition to education fundraising… We’d like to introduce the “Leaderboard” Feature! The "Leaderboard" feature is an option that you can choose to set up when you are creating your online campaign, which allows you to create a "competition" for donatio

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  • district-wide family engagement technology
  • The Benefits of Taking a District-Wide Technology Approach to Family Engagement

    district-wide family engagement technology
    • by admin
    • January 10, 2019
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    • District Family Engagement
    • Based on what we know from sixty years of research, it’s not uncommon to see family engagement strategies incorporating things like Family Academic Socialization, Home Learning Support, Home Visits, Live Phone Calls, Parent-Family Conferences, Academic “Nights”, School Events, etc. A common mi

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  • Can Technology Improve Family Engagement?
  • Can Technology Improve Family Engagement?

    Can Technology Improve Family Engagement?
    • by admin
    • January 10, 2019
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    • District Family Engagement
    • Every model of reform in education has as a necessary component: the idea that families need to be connected to the process of learning. Family engagement then, is not a “nice to have,” but a “must have” if we are to once and for all meet the goals we have for all of our children. As leaders

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  • School District Crowdfunding Fundraising with Email
  • How A School District Raised Over $10,000 via Email

    School District Crowdfunding Fundraising with Email
    • by admin
    • December 20, 2018
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    • District Fundraising
    • When you hear the word “homeless” the first image that comes to mind probably isn’t a child, is it? And yet there are more than 2,300 students in the Austin Independent School District that experience homelessness each year. The effects of that are something that no child should experience, es

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  • Is Your School’s PTA/PTO Ready for #GivingTuesday?

    • by admin
    • November 20, 2018
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    • Fundraising Schools
    • Every year on Livingtree Give, we see projects from outdoor gardens to programs for the arts. Every project has an outcome directly related to students. Where else can you have such an impact on the future of our country and the world to inspire a life-long journey of learning? One of the biggest p

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  • #GivingTuesday 2018 + Livingtree Give

    • by admin
    • November 14, 2018
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    • Fundraising Resources
    • Take part in this year's global day of giving! #GivingTuesday (11/27) + Livingtree Give What is #GivingTuesday and how is Livingtree Give involved? #GivingTuesday is a global movement where campaigns happen in almost every country in the world.  For the past two years, Livingtree Give (Form

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  • Livingtree Engage 2018 Feature Update
  • Livingtree Engage Fall 2018 Feature Updates

    Livingtree Engage 2018 Feature Update
    • by admin
    • October 25, 2018
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    • New Features Resources
    • We've put together a feature recap from the Fall of 2018 for all of our Livingtree Engage users. Here are the updates that went live this fall: New “Share A Message” Design Sharing a post has a new look! At the start of the school year, we updated the design and feel for users sharing messag

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  • Livingtree Always Growing Blog
  • Livingtree: Always Growing

    Livingtree Always Growing Blog
    • by admin
    • October 22, 2018
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    • General News The Story
    • Livingtree was created by a family in 2013 as a solution to keep families connected to the academic lives of their children through technology. As a company, we are on a mission to bring the best tech platforms and practices to schools and families, and believe that together we can bring out the bes

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  • stop using social media in the classroom
  • Why it’s Time to Stop Using Social Media in the Classroom

    stop using social media in the classroom
    • by admin
    • October 11, 2018
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    • Family Engagement Teacher
    • With the number of teachers and school administrators that have increasingly embraced social media as a way to better connect with parents and families, we must address why it’s time to STOP using social media in the classroom. Problem 1: App Overload The first problem with using social media in

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  • 5 Liabilities of Crowdfunding K-12 School Districts Should Know
  • 5 Liabilities of Crowdfunding that Every K-12 District Should Know

    5 Liabilities of Crowdfunding K-12 School Districts Should Know
    • by admin
    • September 25, 2018
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    • District Fundraising Resources
    • Over the years, there has been a growing spotlight on the education funding gap. The gap has become more of a problem for many K-12 school districts with recent statistics showing an increase in teacher spending on school supplies. Many schools and districts are finding that traditional fundraising

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  • Livingtree Hires Family Engagement Expert Dr. Steve Constantino
  • Livingtree Hires Leading Expert in Family Engagement and Former Acting State Superintendent of Virginia: Dr. Steve Constantino

    Livingtree Hires Family Engagement Expert Dr. Steve Constantino
    • by LivingTree News
    • June 26, 2018
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    • Family Engagement News The Story
    •  AUSTIN, TX, June 27, 2018 -- As the leading engagement platform provider for K-12 schools, we are excited to announce the hiring of the nation's leading expert in family engagement and former Acting Virginia State Superintendent, Dr. Steve Constantino who joins Livingtree after an esteemed career

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  • LivingTree Education Sessions!

    • by admin
    • October 3, 2017
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    • Engagement in Education General Resources
    • We're thrilled to announce our participation in upcoming conference sessions. We're sharing best practices and frameworks based on millions of conversations and points of engagement. The focus of these sessions will be using technology to create positive and inclusive environments. We hope you'll jo

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  • Hurricane Relief

    • by Joni Carswell
    • September 12, 2017
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    • General News
    • When Hurricane Harvey came ashore August 25, 2017, an estimated $180 Billion in damage across 300 miles resulted. The damage included 200,000 homes and over 300 schools. As the school year progresses and the initial and incredible rush of support depletes, there are still many educators and families

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  • New Year – New Opportunity

  • LivingTree Announces Attendance Alert Capability