NEW YORK, May 6, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Kinvolved, the leader in software and services proven to reduce chronic absenteeism and boost attendance, today announced the first cohort of Kinvolved Leadership Spotlight Award winners. This prestigious honor celebrates users who leverage the company's KiNVO attendance management and family communications software to bring about positive changes in their communities.
Nineteen individuals across twelve schools in the New York City Department of Education have been singled out for their passionate dedication to enhancing family engagement as a pathway toward student success.
"I want to extend a huge congratulations to the awardees," says Miriam Altman, co-founder and CEO of Kinvolved. "We're impressed and empowered by the work you do for our students and families every single day."
The administrators and educators Kinvolved honored this year see the school–home connection as key to removing obstacles to student success. "If you are aware and you communicate, you can get through any situation," says Venus Herrera of Manhattan's Urban Assembly Maker Academy. "If you're not aware, you will have literally no idea what to do. And if you don't communicate, other people won't know what to do. That's a guiding philosophy."
Awardees share with the company a recognition that getting students to class is the key determinant of future success. Augustus Grissett, Jr., from Brooklyn's Research and Service High School, says of KiNVO, "We found another angle to show parents [we] care: giving wake-up calls, texting them directly, letting them have that ongoing, back-and-forth conversation." Grissett also uses the platform to communicate with his diverse parent community: messages sent through the platform can be translated into more than eighty languages and require no parent or student login for two-way communications.
Leadership Spotlight Awardees see the potential of every student; the way they use KiNVO inspires Kinvolved to continue building software and services that facilitate family engagement and promote student achievement.
Kinvolved is a social enterprise on a mission to increase student achievement by minimizing absenteeism. Our holistic approach combines technology and human interventions to change deeply ingrained behaviors and external factors affecting student attendance and chronic absence, including poverty, racism, and socio-economic exclusion.