PresenceLearning Named Winner in 2019 Tech Edvocate Awards

Leading provider of live online special education-related services recognized in the 

Best Assistive Technology App or Tool category

NEW YORK, September 12, 2019 – PresenceLearning, Inc., the leading provider of live online special education-related services to K-12 schools, won the Tech Edvocate Award for Best Assistive Technology App or Tool. The company’s proprietary therapy platform was recognized for its integration of traditional therapy materials, such as assessments, class assignments, games, and more, with a unique video conferencing experience that enables clinicians to work with students in any location.

“Our platform is the catalyst for clinicians to provide remote special education services. It offers a way to conduct secure, live, online sessions and students react positively to the technology,” said Cole Dudley, VP of Product. “This recognition speaks to the work we have done to make sure clinicians and students have the best possible experience.”

PresenceLearning is currently celebrating its 10-year anniversary and has delivered more than 2 million therapy sessions while partnering with hundreds of schools and districts nationwide to help them increase their impact and serve more students with special needs. Its online therapy solution is increasing access to special education service providers and enabling schools to better utilize the national workforce of clinicians. The company has shown that the online delivery of related services is practical, convenient, and effective.

During the therapy sessions, clinicians view the student from multiple angles while working on engaging activities within the platform. The platform features an Irlen filter to improve accessibility; 100,000-plus worksheets, an interactive whiteboard, and mouse controls to help redirect or refocus students; the ability to track a student’s goals and progress during a given session; and much more.

The Tech Edvocate Awards is an annual awards program run by The Edvocate. It recognizes the year’s top edtech companies, products, and people. The finalists and winners were selected by a combination of public voting and by a panel of judges.

To view the full list of winners and finalists, go to https://www.theedadvocate.org/finalists-and-winners-of-the-2019-tech-edvocate-awards/.

To learn more about PresenceLearning, visit www.presencelearning.com

About PresenceLearning

PresenceLearning, Inc. is the leading provider of live online special education-related services to K-12 schools. The company connects speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, and behavioral and mental health professionals with students through its proprietary online platform, and has delivered more than 2 million teletherapy sessions at hundreds of K-12 schools, districts, and networks across the U.S. through its network of almost 1,000 certified clinicians. Investors in the company include Catalyst Investors, Catamount Ventures, Birchmere Ventures, New Markets Venture Partners, and Blue Heron Capital. For more information, visit https://www.presencelearning.com.  

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New report examining violence in schools contradicts conventional wisdom about school shootings

A new report by the Educator’s School Safety Network shows dramatic increase in school-based violence incidents, the majority of which are not active shooter events

September 11, 2019 – A new report released today by the non-profit the Educator’s School Safety Network shows the rate of incidents of violence in U.S. schools increased by 34% for the 2018-2019 school year when compared to the previous school year. The most frequent violent incident involved false reports of an active shooter (18.4%), while actual school shootings events comprised only 6% of all violent incidents. The report also shows a slight decrease of 9.5% in threats for the past school year, but an overall increase of 46% in the number of threats directed at schools since 2016.

Contrary to conventional wisdom, the most frequent incidents of violence in schools during 2018-2019 were false reports of violence or simulated attacks, which comprised 18.4% of all violent events, followed by responding to suspicious persons at 15.8%. The use or presence of guns in schools accounted for 24% of all tracked incidents.

“It’s important to examine the wide array of violent incidents schools faced in the 2018-2019 school year that were unrelated to gun violence,” said Dr. Amy Klinger, Director of Programs at the Educator’s School Safety Network.  “Schools were most often dealing with incidents stemming from violent, aggressive behaviors by disruptive parents, trespassers, or students (without the presence of a gun) as these accounted for more than 18% of all violent events. This does not even take into account the rate of other crisis events schools must manage that are not ‘man-made’ including medical emergencies, accidents, and severe weather events.”

“There are so many misconceptions and misinformation about threats and violence in schools,” Klinger said. “We believe it is critical to move from mere speculation on this issue to actual facts and data. Schools need training, support, and resources to deal with the ever increasing number of both violent incidents AND threats. This research provides important insights about the nature, frequency, and severity of the school safety problems schools really face.”

Dr. Klinger and her co-author Amanda Klinger,Esq.  are authors of the book Keeping Kids Students Safe Every Day that provides education-focused  recommendations for improving school safety for teachers and students.

The findings are part of an annual report for the 2018-2019 school year released by the Educator’s School Safety Network, a national non-profit school safety organization based in Ohio. The non-profit has compiled data on threats and incidents of violence, including school-based bomb incidents, since 2014. Their research is derived from daily tracking and analysis of school-based incidents and threats of violence in the United States.

A summary of the 2018-2019 report is available at www.eSchoolSafety.org/violence.

 

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About Educator’s School Safety Network: The Educator’s School Safety Network is a national, not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing education-based school safety training, resources and technical assistance to schools. Information about the Educator’s School Safety Network  and the other resources and support they provide can be accessed at www.eSchoolSafety.org.

About Dr. Amy Klinger: Dr. Amy Klinger, co-founder of the Educator’s School Safety Network, has 28 years of experience in public education as a teacher and administrator at the elementary and secondary levels. She is recognized as a national expert on school safety and violence prevention. Dr. Klinger is also  an Associate Professor and Department Chair in Educational Leadership at Ashland University.

About the book: At a time when schools at every level and in every community face the possibility of a crisis event, Keeping Students Safe Every Day equips leaders with the knowledge and skills they need to  make safety a top priority. In this informative and comprehensive guide, school safety experts Amy Klinger and Amanda Klinger offer significant – and sometimes surprising – statistics on school safety, dispel common misunderstandings, and provide preK-12 school leaders with the specific information they need to prepare for and effectively respond to natural disasters, accidents, or violent events.

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With a Fast and Easy to Use Award-Winning Solution, TranslateLive Provides Instant Translation Support for Those With Communicative Disabilities and Barriers



CLEARWATER, Fla.Sept. 9, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Offering an intriguing glimpse into the future of translation devices, TranslateLive, (https://www.translatelive.com/), has created an innovative software and hardware solution with the capability to connect everyone regardless of language or hearing barriers. With more than 120 different languages and dialects, including user-friendly features for the blind, low vision, deaf and hard of hearing, TranslateLive’s software and ILA devices seek to enhance the global communication experience.

“This is the product of the future for translation, travel and global human interaction,” said Jim Holmes, director of development for TranslateLive. “Combining features of translation and support for those with disabilities, TranslateLive stands out amongst other competitors and even creates a new industry all on its own.”

In addition to TranslateLive’s capabilities, the company’s product also enables a wide range of access with users only needing the internet to use it. TranslateLive does not require users to download any additional software for use, nor does it require them to pass a device back and forth.

Benefits of TranslateLive include:

  • Easy Access: TranslateLive’s software allows for a free trial and doesn’t require any instant purchase of an app.  The TranslateLive app is available for frequent users and customers for both iOS and Android but can be used by anyone with just a web browser.
  • Instant and Accurate: With the Live AI translation feature and more than  120 languages and accents programmed into the software, the product’s Speech to Text feature is continuously improving and is more accurate than other competing products.
  • Inclusive: TranslateLive supports people with disabilities such as the deaf, blind, and hard of hearing in any language. It can also be used at the same time with other communication programs such as Zoom, Skype, Facetime, and others.
  • Privacy: All conversations are encrypted, private, and HIPPA compliant. Each user is required to have a link or access code to join in a TranslateLive conversation. Frequent users can create accounts to save their conversations and even access them through the app.
  • Higher Accuracy: Each person having their own screen ensures each user’s speech can be checked by the speaker for accuracy leading to a much higher accuracy rate.

“We live, eat and breathe communication access. Our goal is to serve our community and breaking down barriers is what we have always done,” TranslateLive CEO Peter Hayes said.

TranslateLive has launched an Indiegogo campaign, (https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/ila-instant-language-assistant-for-120-languages ),  to spread awareness about their ILA hardware product among consumers, organizations and the investment community.

ABOUT TranslateLive

At TranslateLive, our goal is to break down language barriers so people can easily communicate with each other no matter their ability or what language they speak.

 

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Leading K-12 Digital Curriculum and Technology Company Edgenuity Appoints Jeff Pendleton to Newly Created Position of Chief Operating Officer

Company Poised to Continue Investment in Curriculum, Assessment and Technology to Deliver Differentiated Solutions to Teachers and Students

Scottsdale, AZ – September 11, 2019 – Edgenuity, a leading provider of online curriculum and instructional services for the K-12 market, today announced that it has appointed Jeff Pendleton to the newly created position of Chief Operating Officer. Jeff joins Edgenuity from Imagine Learning, a Weld North Education sister company, where he was most recently Chief Experience Officer. At Edgenuity, Jeff will be responsible for the development and delivery of market-focused products to help improve teaching and learning.

“We are delighted to welcome Jeff to this newly created position at Edgenuity,” said Sari Factor, CEO. “Jeff has a proven track record of customer-centric innovation. Bringing Jeff on board is a clear reflection of the rapid growth of our business and the investment we are making in new products as demand grows for personalized, targeted learning and assessment to improve student outcomes.”

“Our vision has been and remains constant: to build the best digital curriculum and assessment company in the world,” said Jonathan Grayer, CEO of Weld North Education.  “We know categorically that by putting the best and most engaging digital products in the hands of teachers, we can offer students a range of education solutions that create a world of possibilities and move learning forward.  There is tremendous momentum in our business and Jeff will join a strong and vibrant leadership team delivering on its core mission: to generate positive outcomes for students.”

“I’m excited to join Sari and the other members of the Edgenuity team,” said Jeff Pendleton, COO.  “We’re building products teachers and students love: rigorous curriculum that leverages technology to engage students.  This empowers them to harness their innate creativity to solve some of the world’s biggest challenges. For me it’s both humbling and inspiring and I’m so excited to work with the amazing talent here at Edgenuity.”

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About Edgenuity

Edgenuity is a leading provider of online curriculum and instructional services for the K-12 market. Nationwide, Edgenuity is in use by more than 20,000 schools, including 20 of the 25 largest school districts, to meet academic goals and improve student outcomes. We offer initial credit courses, honors and Advanced Placement courses, credit recovery, intervention and test readiness. These solutions, in addition to Edgenuity’s instructional services and professional development offerings, help students, educators and districts achieve success in their online and blended learning programs. For more information, visit Edgenuity.com.

About Weld North Education

Weld North Education, led by Jonathan Grayer, is the country’s largest pure-play K-12 digital curriculum and assessment company committed to unlocking the power of technology for learning.  Weld North Education, through its two underlying brands Edgenuity and Imagine Learning, successfully serves more than six million students in thousands of schools and districts across the country.