“Using the LivingTree platform, our school was able to build a much tighter community and meaningful engagement with our families. It has truly changed our level of transparency with parents and how we converse, share, and coordinate in the context of educating our children. – Eden Hinds, Briargrove Elementary Principal, Houston ISD
Briargrove Elementary serves ~910 students in the Houston School District. Nearly half the school’s population is Latino and Asian-Pacific, and 23% of students are in ESL programs. Prior to LivingTree, the school relied heavily on room parents and the PTO to relay information and volunteer opportunities to parents. Despite the combined use of fliers, email blasts, and newsletters, parents felt uninformed. Results from a 2011-2012 survey showed parents felt excluded and disconnected from the school.
In the fall of 2012, Briargrove turned to LivingTree to streamline communication and create safe, two-way engagement between teachers and parents. PTO president Ellecia Knolle explained LivingTree’s two-way engagement platform enabled admin and teachers to communicate: “for the first time, parents were equally informed.” At the end of their first year with LivingTree, parents readily voiced their renewed trust in the school.
Activity in Briargrove’s network has steadily increased with each year: Between August 1st, 2015 and March 2016, nearly 1,000 calendar events and 5,000 posts of messages, photos, and files between and across classes were shared. With over 2,500 comments, and 20,000 ‘likes,’ the school knows they’re reaching parents. As of Fall 2015, 100% of classrooms were engaged on LivingTree and fully 50% of network members were contributing content, commentary, or appreciation! Briargrove has successfully resolved the disconnect parents originally felt with the school.
LivingTree is thrilled to announce our latest feature! Just in time for the new school year, we’re pleased to offer SMS texting as part of our full community engagement feature set. This new feature provides even more options to reach every member of your community.
Whether alerting your community to weather delays, important information, unforeseen events, or any other instant alert situation, LivingTree allows you to send text messages straight to community member mobile phone numbers.
As one of our most requested new features, we’re excited to deliver the capability for the 2015-2016 school year. Based on user input from around the globe, LivingTree’s SMS text feature aligns with our current sharing structure and simplicity. From school district leadership to classroom teacher, users are able to select the text option when sharing information. Even better, the text will automatically flow into conversation feeds for translation and conversation purposes. Watch texting in action here:
We couldn’t be more excited to deliver on our mission to connect everyone who helps raise and develop children. Offering texting as a platform feature allows us to do this and further simplify communication and engagement for our users. Happy posting AND texting! 🙂