The Importance Of Family Engagement

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There’s no substitute for family involvement when it comes to children’s success in school. The question then becomes, how can teachers and schools best encourage parent and family engagement. The answer? Livingtree’s family engagement program and Engage software. Livingtree proudly partners with Dr. Steve Constantino, a national expert and practitioner emphasizing professional development. The family engagement program creates a culture that engages every family using one unified technology.

What is the Engage platform? Livingtree Engage is designed for family engagement. It connects educators and families across school districts on one platform. Engage helps schools and educators build relationships with families and promote engagement in student learning through easy-to-use social features available on web browsers and mobile applications.

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Two-Way Conversation Feed

Family Efficacy Score™

Translation in 100+ Languages

1:1 Direct Messaging

Integrated Calendar

Event, Volunteer, & Signup Management

Photo, Video, & File Sharing

Email & Mobile Push Notifications

Text Message (SMS) & Automated Call Alerts

SIS Integration / Rostering

School Engagement Reports

Live Customer Support

District-Level Visibility and Access

District-Wide Engagement Reports

Consistent Engagement for Every Family

Family Engagement & Platform Training

User On-Boarding

Dedicated Account Manager

Quarterly Success Reviews & Strategies

Engage: Connecting Families, Students and Schools

As teachers and administrators, you no doubt want to improve and maintain communication and involvement with the families in your district. When you improve family engagement, you see increases in student success. Yet, your district may be using too many apps to deliver information to families, which can leave them feeling overwhelmed or frustrated. Or perhaps your district lacks this kind of technology and instead relies on sending home paper notifications, such as newsletters in backpacks.

There are a variety of communication platforms on the market, but most are focused on sending messages or being parent portals. Unlike other platforms, Engage was specifically designed for family engagement and is backed by the research-based practices of Dr. Steve Constantino, a national family engagement expert. We focus on connecting educators and families to help them build relationships and engage in student learning.

The Benefits of Engage for Students — and Your Schools

If your goal is getting parents involved in school, consider the benefits that Engage offers:


  • Two-way conversation feed — Our platform lets you see everything from your classrooms to school groups in an aggregated feed. You can share messages, photos, files and more to create a two-way conversation with your classroom community.
  • Language translation — This feature lets you include everyone, with translation into more than 100 languages. Direct messages, emails, phone alerts and text messages are automatically translated into the user’s selected language.
  • Family Efficacy Score™ (FES™) – A major advancement in family engagement, our score is the first of it’s kind. The score is designed to measure the effectiveness of engagement with families as it relates to student learning outcomes.
  • Direct messaging — Our direct message feature lets you have immediate private discussions with teachers and family members.
  • Shared calendar — Our calendar feature lets you view upcoming events in the classroom, school and district to improve parent engagement. You can create events and sync them with your personal Google, iCal and Outlook calendars.
  • Volunteer and event management — You can easily create signups and RSVPs for field trips, classroom parties or family-teacher conferences.

Our Engage platform lets you exchange information, secure in the knowledge that your data is private and secure. Livingtree is COPPA- and FERPA-compliant and is a member of the Student Privacy Pledge Act. We only collect the necessary information to build out your school network and will never share your information.

If your goal is family and community engagement in schools, Livingtree can help. Our parental engagement app allows educators to engage every family in their child’s learning. Livingtree is backed by researched-based practices, industry experts and proven methods that help solve communication problems for school districts. Contact us today to learn more about how Engage can help improve family involvement and enhance the education of your students.

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