Rapid Adoption of Livingtree Communications Platform by Schools Nationwide

Over 300 Schools Sign Up With Livingtree to Help Enhance Family Engagement

AUSTIN, TX, July 8, 2013 – Livingtree today announced that in the first six weeks since the launch of the service, it has seen more than 300 schools in 37 states make the decision to improve communications between the administration, teachers and parents by adopting the free LivingTree service.

Five decades of research confirms that involvement of families in education improves schools, academic outcomes, and graduation rates. To help deepen parent engagement, LivingTree has launched a cutting-edge web and mobile-based communication platform that provides schools, teachers and parents with a private and efficient means for sharing important information, rich media, documents,  private direct messaging, shared calendars, and integrated volunteer sign-ups. The LivingTree service is available at livingtree.com and supports mobile access to all functions through intuitive iPhone and Android applications.

“We are beyond excited to see such rapid adoption of our LivingTree service by schools across the country,” said Cullen Childress, CEO & Co-Founder of LivingTree. “Over 300 administrators are committing to take collaboration and coordination between the classroom and parents to the next level and increase parent engagement.”

Some of the benefits of LivingTree include:

–Improves communication:  School administrators, teachers and parents can conduct two-way conversations, post information/media, comment, and share documents.
–Encourages engagement:  Provides complete transparency into the classroom through ongoing and swift updates, and photos/media enable deeper awareness and partnering in the education process.
–Enhances coordination:  Parents’ calendars can be updated at the school or class level.  Volunteer needs and sign-up can be easily coordinated – straight from the web, iPhone, or Android applications.

“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,” said Eden A. Jones, Principal at Briargrove Elementary in Houston, TX.

“LivingTree provides a private, easy to use channel to open up my classroom to the families of the children I teach,” said Shirin Farahani, teacher at Briargrove Elementary. “I can easily share the daily learnings, activities, and sign up needs, allowing the development of the kids to continue well beyond my classroom.”

Schools, teachers and organizations can sign up and find more information on learn.livingtree.com/products/engage/.

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