AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 5, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- LivingTree, a private social network for PK-12 family engagement, today announces its acquisition of ClassMessenger, a parent-teacher communication tool. The acquisition adds tens of thousands of teachers across the United States to the LivingTree user base. ClassMessenger Founder, Keith McSpurren, will join LivingTree's advisory board.
"ClassMessenger has done an excellent job of syncing teachers, parents, and students at the classroom level. They have built an extremely active user base who believes in using technology for family engagement. Providing these teachers and parents with continued service and a simple transition into our network aligns with our mission to connect everyone who develops and educates children. We are excited to welcome ClassMessenger and all of its users to the LivingTree Family," said Joni Carswell, CEO of LivingTree.
LivingTree will continue to operate the ClassMessenger platform through the end of June. This will deliver a seamless ownership transition and completion of the 2016-17 school year for all ClassMessenger users. During this time, LivingTree will seek feedback and provide automatic migration and account setup for the 2017-18 school year. LivingTree provides every feature ClassMessenger users rely on and more, including translation to over 100 languages, SMS texting, ability to connect into broader school, district, and community networks, enhanced media sharing, private messaging, directory, and analytic reporting.
"I'm extremely impressed with the LivingTree team and network. LivingTree is obviously mission-driven to improve family engagement and build meaningful connections. They are the best company and platform for us to entrust the success of our students and teachers," said ClassMessenger Founder Keith McSpurren. "We are particularly pleased with LivingTree's focus on providing a seamless transition between school years. This attention to teacher, parent, and student time and experience is exciting for our users and aligns with our ClassMessenger mission to keep everyone in sync."
LivingTree has already seen explosive adoption rates and achieved incredible growth in the just-completed fourth quarter, doubling its user base over the third quarter. 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.
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 www.livingtree.com or call toll-free (844-548-8733).
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. http://www.livingtree.com
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