Bloomz Honored as One of the World’s Most Innovative Startups

The parent-teacher communication app won the TiE50 Top Startupaward at the annual TiEcon entrepreneurship conference in Silicon Valley

(Redmond, WA) May 31, 2017 –– The fast-growing teacher-parent communication app Bloomz has been selected as one of the Top Startup winners of the prestigious TiE50 Awards. The awards, which recognize the world’s most innovative tech startups, were announced on Friday, May 5th, at the Santa Clara Convention Center during TiE Silicon Valley’s annual tech entrepreneurship conference, TiEcon.

“We are thrilled to have Bloomz recognized as a 2017 TiE50 Top Startup Winner,” said Chaks Appalabattula, the CEO of Bloomz. “What started as a solution to a basic need we saw for teachers and parents has grown into an essential tool for parent-to-school communication in the 21st century, currently in use by teachers in thousands of schools across the U.S. and in many other countries around the world. We’re incredibly humbled to see the difference Bloomz is making in the lives of teachers, parents, and students.”

Bloomz is a teacher communication app that provides real-time updates, event and volunteer coordination (including parent-teacher conference signups), and community-building tools to engage with today’s generation of parents. The highly rated app also allows schools to be proactive with their communication, helping teachers reduce communication and coordination time, and getting parents and families involved.


According to TiE50 program co-chair Daniel Zimmer, “TiE50 has become a global brand that attracts thousands of companies worldwide. We screened more than 1,303 companies this year and selected the most innovative 50 companies as TiE50 Winners. TiE50 company presentations were well received at the conference. As a not-for-profit, our vigorous screening and judging adopts multiple regression techniques to ensure process integrity.”


The TiE50 program is in its ninth year. This year, the screening committee included 31 accomplished domain experts and influencers. Judges included senior executives, venture capitalists, and marquee tech entrepreneurs.


About TiEcon

TiEcon is an annual tech entrepreneurship conference put on by TiE Silicon Valley, a not-for-profit organization in its 25th year. The conference attracts loyal participation from top technology companies, leading venture capital firms, and global service providers. TiEcon 2017 attracted 6,000+ attendees from across the world—including CEOs of established companies to first-time entrepreneurs creating new companies, to leading investment professionals and corporate executives. TiEcon was listed byWorth Magazine as one of the 10 best conferences for ideas and entrepreneurship along with TED and the World Economic Forum. For more information on TiEcon, visit


About TiE

The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) is a non-profit founded in 1992 in the Silicon Valley by a group of successful entrepreneurs, corporate executives, and senior professionals. TiE is a 320,000+ network with 14,000+ members and operates cohesively through 61 chapter locations in 18 countries.

About Bloomz

Bloomz is the free mobile and web app that connects educators with parents in a secure, social, private environment. In Bloomz, parents feel more connected than they ever have to their children’s world, and teachers have more time than ever before, because they have everything they need in one simple-to-use tool. Learn more at


Capstone Partners with School Librarians of Rhode Island to Create Advocacy Video

Funded by the publisher and a Kickstarter campaign, the video will raise community awareness of school librarians’ role in supporting 21st-century learning
(Minneapolis, MN) May 31, 2017 — Capstone, a leading publisher of children’s books and literacy programs, is excited to announce its partnership with the School Librarians of Rhode Island (SLRI) to help fund their educational video, “It’s on us: The Stories of Public School Librarians.” The video will include personal stories from school librarians to show how they are innovating and evolving their roles every day.


The goal of the project is to challenge common assumptions about what librarians do and, most importantly, what they can do for their communities. The final video will be a valuable advocacy tool for librarians to show how they are supporting 21st-century learning.


“School libraries as spaces have not only changed, but the role of the school librarian has as well,” said high school librarian Mary Moen, executive producer of the video and an assistant professor at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Library and Information Studies. “In addition to being teachers, information specialists, program administrators, and instructional partners, school librarians are school leaders. People are excited to hear school librarians tell their stories.”


The video will be directed and produced by Rhode Island-based cinematographer and photographer Alex DeCiccio. DeCiccio will be working with producer and editor Kyle Sidlik, also based in Rhode Island. DeCiccio and Sidlik have worked together with Media Smart Libraries to produce other videos on the value and impact of libraries. Funds from a Kickstarter campaign will go towards purchasing equipment for the video, as well as production costs. Production is scheduled to begin this summer.


Capstone has long been passionate about promoting the significance of school libraries and librarians, and recently released a video of its own, “School Libraries Matter: The Changing Role of the School Librarian.” Since its release, the video has earned over 33,000 YouTube views.


“There are continuing challenges of funding and priorities within school districts, but there is also an increasing recognition that a librarian can make a major difference in helping kids become critical thinkers and savvy citizens of the 21st century,” said Amy Cox, marketing director for libraries at Capstone. “That recognition is coming because librarians are getting louder about sharing what they do. It’s good for all of us—as members of the library community, and as citizens—when the voices of Rhode Island’s librarians can be heard by as many people as possible.”


About Capstone

Capstone is a leading publisher of children’s books, digital solutions and services, literacy programs, and K–12 professional development resources. Capstone creates content in a variety of print, digital, and media formats for school libraries, classrooms, and at-home reading. For more information, visit



Impero Software Releases Handbook Offering Best Practices for Deploying Internet Monitoring in Schools


Additional resources in handbook help schools deal with issues such as cyberbullying, radicalization and self-harm


Simi Valley, CA, May 31, 2017Impero Software, provider of network administration, classroom management and internet safety software has released an Online Safety Handbook for its U.S. customers. The handbook serves as a deployment and resource guide for schools using Impero Education Pro monitoring software and keyword libraries to keep students safe. To view the handbook, click here:


Impero’s software monitors students’ online activity on a school’s network and uses algorithms to alert educators if students use keywords that could indicate issues such as cyberbullying, sexting, radicalization, self-harm, or a range of other issues. It also offers Confide, an anonymous reporting tool that allows students to voice concerns about themselves or another student. Impero has now partnered with several non-profit and advocacy organizations, many of which contribute to the company’s extensive keyword library, to provide advice for school leaders on what to do if they encounter specific issues.


“Our mission is to help schools keep students safe online,” said Sam Pemberton, CEO of Impero. “Detecting potential concerns is just the first step. That’s why we also partner with groups like the Educator’s School Safety Network, Hey U.G.L.Y., and SafeBAE which offer advice on how to address a situation once it is detected. Examples include starting a difficult conversation with students about race, radicalization or religion, or what a teacher can do if they discover potential signs that a student has an eating disorder.  The Online Safety Handbook consolidates both the software guidance and these partner resources all in one place, providing schools with a well-rounded approach to addressing safety concerns among students.”


The handbook includes advice from the following partners:


  • Eating disorders – ANAD (the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders Inc.)
  • Radicalization – Victvs
  • Sexting – Professionals Online Safety Helpline
  • Self-harm – Harmless
  • Bullying – Hey U.G.L.Y.
  • Online grooming and sexual assault – SafeBAE (Safe Before Anyone Else)
  • Online pornography – Cybertrauma specialist Catherine Knibbs
  • Weapons and violence – ESSN (Educator’s School Safety Network)
  • Race and religious hate – HOPE Not Hate
  • Suicide – Harmless
  • Digital citizenship – Digital Citizenship Institute
  • Whole School Approach – EPIK
  • Incident response – iKeepsafe


The handbook also contains resources and templates for schools on acceptable use policies, letters for parents, incident response flow charts, monitoring posters, and more.


The Online Safety Handbook is part of Impero’s ongoing work to support schools in keeping students safe online and promoting good digital citizenship. Impero launched a $2.5 million “Best Technology for Schools” grant program in November, 2016 which allowed many schools to gain access to this state-of-the-art technology at a discounted rate. The company also released a white paper, co-authored with the Digital Citizenship Institute, in October, 2016, at the Digital Citizenship Summit in San Francisco, which offers insight and best practices when teaching digital citizenship in schools.


In addition to the monitoring software, Impero Software also provides classroom management tools that teachers can use to engage students in the digital classroom, keeping them on task and focused, and in turn improving their learning outcomes. For example, teachers can share their screens, send and share files with students, take over or lock students’ computers, create exams and tests, assign tasks, send direct messages to students, or draw students’ attention back to the teacher. Schools can also use Impero Software for a wide array of administrative IT tasks such as controlling passwords, managing the use of printers, or setting computers to power on or off at certain times.

About Impero Software

Impero Software offers remote monitoring and management software, relied upon by education establishments around the world. Founded in 2002, it is accessed by over 1.5 million devices in over 90 countries. In the UK it has a 40 percent market share of UK high schools and is used by over 500 U.S. districts.Impero’s cutting edge software consolidates a range of powerful classroom, network and device management features enabling schools and colleges to reduce costs and improve both staff and student productivity. Its online safety functionality uses keyword detection technology to help schools safeguard students online.


ASSIST Introduces First K-12 Complete Education Management System Making School Management a Breeze with Smart Integrated Features

Cloud-based program leverages technology to streamline school and education management
while saving time and expense

 RENO, NV, May 30, 2017 — ASSIST LLC launches ASSIST 4.0, an Integrated Education Management System for K-12 and higher education students, teachers and administrators. The modern and SCORM-compliant system was designed by educators from the ground up as a new approach in meeting the needs of education institutions with a single platform. Overcoming the many challenges associated with using a number of different, but necessary school systems, ASSIST 4.0 provides every feature schools need in a fully-integrated system. Teachers and administrators only have to learn one system, in which everything works together perfectly. After successful use in schools in the USA and around the world, the new upgraded ASSIST 4.0 is available now for grades K-12 and higher education in English, Spanish, Portuguese and Vietnamese and can be adapted for other languages.

ASSIST LLC recognized that with several million K-12 schools worldwide, there is a great need for a fully-integrated, student data (SIS), student learning management (LMS) and curriculum management (CMS) system. These components would require at least three different types of systems that were not very compatible, complex to integrate and expensive. With ASSIST 4.0, teachers and administrators can spend their valuable time focusing on student learning and their outcomes, not in navigating between multiple different systems.  ASSIST 4.0 makes jobs in education easier by combining SIS, LMS and CMS features in a single integrated system.

Schools that use ASSIST 4.0 save time and thousands of dollars annually. They save money in user licensing fees, hosting costs, training and professional development charges, systems integration and support fees. Having a single system with the same functionality eliminates the frustration of managing multiple systems. As a result, using ASSIST 4.0, leaves schools and their teachers more time to focus on students.

ASSIST 4.0 is the first fully-integrated education management system to provide K-12 and higher education institutions with an affordable end-to-end school system that manages all aspects of student information, curriculum management and learning management,” said Michael Spencer, ASSIST LLC Chief Executive Officer. “Our system creates a unique opportunity for schools to significantly increase the quality of student learning, efficiently optimizing school management practices and reducing costs.”

ASSIST is easy to use and the tools are very intuitive,” said Debora Vargas, Bilingual Coordinator at Colegio Londrina Ateneu, a partner school in Brazil. “Use of this system has really improved our school’s organization and increased our parental communication.”

ASSIST 4.0’s ease of use encourages more participation of all users, supporting student achievement and school district success. The robust and functional single platform streamlines a student information system with learning management and curriculum management systems.

Student Data Management streamlines the admissions process, streamlines scheduling to track school wide activities and dates, simplifies and centralizes payments and accounting and provides hassle free and automatic official records and transcripts. A parent portal gives parents access to essential information about their children, a secure communication system organizes all messages in a single location, and all the essential tools for school accreditation support are right there. Administrators can assign staff privileges depending on roles with systematic user levels, take advantage of a flexible and functional district level option, and serve a diverse community with user language preference and translation.

Student Learning Management delivers and streamlines many functions:  Individualized learning plans, course completion certificates, resource sharing and collaboration, self-paced study, record keeping, clear graduation road maps, enrollment management, and comprehensive grade-level content. Digital content from multiple content providers can be easily and fully integrated.

Curriculum Management provides seamless curriculum hosting and single sign on and curriculum integration capabilities. Course, section and grade book management is included. Administrative reporting features can compile information from all student data. Established integrated content is included. Everything is accessible anytime from any device. A highly secure single environment is ensured.

ASSIST 4.0 is available now from ASSIST LLC in the USA and internationally through education resellers. ASSIST 4.0 works on any computer or device with Internet access. As ASSIST LLC grows and expands its presence, the company welcomes establishing strategic partnerships with domestic and international resellers. Interested resellers can email ASSIST at For information about ASSIST 4.0, educators can visit or call ASSIST LLC at 866-984-3384.

ASSIST LLC has developed a cloud-based, fully-integrated education management system. Founded by a team of experienced education professionals, ASSIST combines all aspects of a student data (SIS), student learning management (LMS) and curriculum management (CMS) system, simplifying school-wide management and allowing for schools to focus on student learning and outcomes.

Since 2013, ASSIST has streamlined education management for schools around the globe. The company’s mission is to share this cost-effective, comprehensive solution making a significant difference for education worldwide.

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