LivingTree Acquires ClassMessenger

We’re excited to announce that we’ve acquired ClassMessenger. We’ve worked with the impressive ClassMessenger team for the past few weeks to ensure a seamless transition for ClassMessenger users. We couldn’t be more excited to welcome ClassMessenger into the LivingTree family and ClassMessenger CEO Keith McSpurren to our Advisory Board.

Livingtree acquires ClassMessenger

A quick FAQ on this exciting news from the LivingTree perspective:

1. Why buy ClassMessenger? – To help teachers and parents continue to engage. Our mission is to connect everyone who raises, develops, and educates children. We aim to make that as consistent and simple as possible. We had an opportunity to help 1000s of teachers maintain consistent engagement for the remainder of the school year and beyond and we decided to act.

2. How does ClassMessenger fit with LivingTree? – ClassMessenger’s philosophy and delivery around two way communication and engagement simplicity perfectly align with what LivingTree delivers at the class, grade, school, and district level. Welcoming ClassMessenger teachers into the LivingTree family is a perfect complement for these engaged teachers and families.

3. What happens to ClassMessenger now? LivingTree will provide uninterrupted service for ClassMessenger users through the end of this school year. We will reach out to introduce ourselves and welcome feedback in the new year.

4. What does this mean for LIvingTree users? – It means the LivingTree family has grown! The LivingTree Tiered Social Network and service you know and love is not impacted. We will continue to work with you to deliver the best engagement platform for your community.

For our ClassMessenger friends:

Why LivingTree?: LivingTree reached out with the desire to keep ClassMessenger teachers and parents engaged. Their mission and philosophy closely align with what ClassMessenger has delivered to users for the past few years. Additionally, LivingTree offers additional features and a network solution that allows teacher classrooms to plug into school and district networks which allows all engagement to thrive in a single, secure place. Finally, LivingTree plans to offer uninterrupted ClassMessenger service through the end of the school year.

About LivingTree and why the ClassMessenger team is excited about the future:

Why: LivingTree exists to connect everyone who raises, develops, and educates children. In every offering and decision, LivingTree strives to include every community member and make engagement simpler so that our children can achieve the ultimate possible.

Who / When / Where: LivingTree was founded in 2012 for the purpose of connecting communities. LivingTree was built and is run by parents and former educators out of Austin, TX. The LivingTree leadership team represents 60+ years of technology experience, 50+ years of education experience, and an abundance of passion for education and families! Schools utilize LivingTree to engage their entire communities within a single network.

How / What: LivingTree builds a private, Tiered Social Network for your community with all the engagement features you need! LivingTree was recognized at the  2016 Stevie Gold Award winner for Community Involvement Program of the Year and 2016 Stevie Silver Award winner for Smartphone App of the Year. Notable LivingTree features:

–SIS Integration for automatic setup and membership updates
–Free mobile apps (iphone and android)
–Translation – 100+ languages
–Two way group and individual conversation
–Media sharing (Photos, Video, Files, etc.)
–Shared calendar
–Volunteer / Sign Up management
–SMS Texting
–Private Messaging
–Analytic Reports
FREE for all teachers 🙂

LivingTree Doubles User Base

LivingTree Doubles User Base in Q4 as Parents, Teachers and Students Embrace Its Engagement Platform

Skyrockets past the half-million user mark with millions more in the pipeline

AUSTIN, TX—December 13, 2016— LivingTree, which unites educators and families with a private, safe and secure platform, today announced it has seen explosive adoption rates – adding hundreds of thousands of new K-12 customers in Q4 with a projected total exceeding 600,000 users by the end of January.

LivingTree’s platform, designed to strengthen family engagement, deepen parent involvement with teachers and deliver increased student achievement, is now used by U.S. districts and schools in California, Maryland, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and beyond. Growth in the fourth quarter represents a 100 percent increase in LivingTree users versus Q3 and a 500 percent increase in district-wide implementations.

“Not only is LivingTree currently experiencing a huge spike in growth – but learning institutions representing greater than five million additional users are also closely evaluating the platform. We anticipated this demand from the start and designed LivingTree with scalability and security in mind, so that we can help parents everywhere more deeply connect to their children’s teachers, classrooms and schools,” said Joni Carswell, CEO of LivingTree. “When the community that raises our children can more easily connect and collaborate, together we can improve K-12 academic achievement.”

“Community building is a key component of Baltimore City Public School’s engagement strategy,” said Monique Armstrong, manager of community engagement, Baltimore City Public Schools. “We are excited to partner with LivingTree to authentically engage parents and campus leads in conversations for our students’ success.”

LivingTree recently announced its acquisition by Dean Drako, founder and former CEO of cybersecurity firm Barracuda Networks and current CEO of cloud video surveillance company Eagle Eye Networks. Mr. Drako’s multi-million dollar investment will further accelerate LivingTree’s customer growth and solution development, facilitating and improving ongoing K-12 community engagement and student achievement.

Since 2012, LivingTree has been working with leading school districts, innovative schools and savvy teachers across the country to build stronger Tiered Social Networks® that enable conversations to flow up, down and across the education community. Designed by parents for parents, LivingTree’s one mission is to truly unite educators and families by providing a private, safe and secure platform to facilitate easier and more organic conversations.

Parents within participating LivingTree schools can share media and announcements, send and receive private direct messages, access directory listings, volunteer for school activities and keep in touch with their children’s teachers. The platform supports more than 100 languages; updates are available via web and mobile and include text messages, alerts, posts, events, document, file and photo sharing. Each customized school network extends to the PTA, booster club, athletic groups, community groups, and student organizations.

LivingTree was recently honored by the Stevie® Awards for Women in Business, receiving the 2016 Gold Stevie Award for Community Involvement Program of the Year, and the Silver Stevie Award for the Smartphone App of the Year.

To learn more about how your school, classroom can get access to LivingTree, visit or call toll-free (844-548-8733).

About LivingTree

Founded in 2012, LivingTree’s mission is to connect the people who raise, develop, and educate our children. LivingTree aims to include every member of the community regardless of preferred language or socio-economic status. LivingTree’s Tiered Social Network® empowers leaders, organizations, educators and parents to connect, share, and coordinate up, down and across all levels of their private network to help improve academic achievement. LivingTree has been recognized for this work by the Stevie® Awards for Women in Business as the 2016 Gold Community Involvement Program of the Year and 2016 Silver Smartphone App of the Year.

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Laura Wooster

APC Collective


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