Districts from Coast to Coast Choose Gaggle to Protect Students and Save Lives 

13 districts in six states partner with Gaggle to implement 24/7 early-warning system, providing proactive, real-time monitoring and notifications of student safety issues and threats

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (Sept. 16, 2019) – School districts partnering with Gaggle helped save the lives of 722 students who were actively planning or attempting suicide during the 2018-19 school year. To proactively protect students and ensure their safety and well-being in digital spaces, 13 districts in six different states stretching across the country have chosen to team up with Gaggle, the leader in helping K-12 districts manage student safety on school-provided technology.

Since 1999, Gaggle has helped districts across the country protect students, avoid tragedies, and save lives by monitoring and responding to safety issues and threats. The Gaggle safety solution uses a robust combination of both artificial intelligence and trained safety experts to provide real-time analysis and review of students’ use of online collaboration platforms, such as Google’s G Suite for Education, Microsoft Office 365, and Canvas.

Some of the newest districts partnering with Gaggle to keep their students safe are:

  • Anaheim Elementary School District, California
  • Pasadena Unified School District, California
  • Bunker Hill Community School District #8, Illinois
  • Community High School District #117, Illinois
  • Rochester Public School District, Minnesota
  • Rockwall Independent School District (ISD), Texas
  • Dickinson ISD, Texas
  • Irving ISD, Texas
  • Santa Fe ISD, Texas
  • Roanoke County Public Schools, Virginia
  • Shenandoah County Public Schools, Virginia
  • Bellevue School District, Washington
  • Federal Way School District, Washington

“In light of the tragic events that happened here at Santa Fe High School on May 18, 2018, restoring a sense of safety and security has become top priority in our district” said Jodi Montemayor, Gaggle Administrator from Santa Fe (TX) Independent School District.  “With violence, bullying and teen depression becoming a nationwide epidemic, the need is high to have all measures of protection in place to prevent future school attacks. With Gaggle as our partner, we have created a shared commitment and dedicated resources to provide a safe and secure learning environment for all of our students, staff, and community.”

Gaggle proactively assists districts 24/7/365 in the prevention of harmful situations. Over the past 20 years, Gaggle has scanned more than 13 billion pieces of student content, flagging over 151 million items for review by Gaggle looking for signs of self-harm, depression, thoughts of suicide, substance abuse, cyberbullying, and credible threats of violence against others.

In addition, Gaggle adheres to the requirements of the National Center of Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) and Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) to protect school districts from the risks and liability involved in handling pornographic images that may be inadvertently uploaded to school servers when students sync their cell phone to their school accounts.

“We are pleased to join the Gaggle team given our intense focus on the health, safety, and well-being of our students and community,” said Dr. Mark Johnston, superintendent, Shenandoah County Public Schools, Virginia. “We see Gaggle as helping us to better address and maintain this focus for electronic communications.”

For more information, visit www.gaggle.net.

About Gaggle|www.gaggle.net

Since 1999, Gaggle has been the leader in helping K-12 districts manage student safety on school-provided technology. Using a robust combination of both artificial intelligence and trained safety experts, the safety solution proactively assists districts 24/7/365 in the prevention of student suicide, bullying, inappropriate behaviors, school violence, and other harmful situations. Most importantly, Gaggle continues to help hundreds of districts avoid tragedies and save lives, while also protecting their liability. In the 2018-19 academic year, Gaggle has helped districts save the lives of more than 700 students who were planning or actually attempting suicide. For more information, visit www.gaggle.net and follow Gaggle on Twitter at @Gaggle_K12.

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Lexia PowerUp Literacy Wins Best Personalized/Adaptive Learning Tool in the 2019 Tech Edvocate Awards 

Lexia Core5 Reading recognized as a finalist for Best Literacy Tool/App 

BOSTON (Sept. 12, 2019) – For the second consecutive year, Lexia Learning’s personalized literacy programs, Lexia® Core5® Reading (Core5) and Lexia® PowerUp Literacy® (PowerUp), were standouts in the Tech Edvocate Awards program. PowerUp was recognized as a winner in the category of Best Personalized/Adaptive Learning App or Tool while Core5 was named a finalist in the category for Best Literacy App or Tool.

As in previous years, the Tech Edvocate Awards recognize outstanding edtech products that are focused on advocating for students by catering to identified classroom and learning needs. The winners and finalists were selected by a panel of educators and K-12 parents who reviewed the submissions and judged the products and services based on the extent to which they are transforming education through the development or advocacy of edtech.

“High-quality, peer-reviewed efficacy research has always been at the center of our pedagogical approach.” said Lexia President Nick Gaehde. “That is why we are so delighted to receive these accolades for both PowerUp and Core5. By maintaining a keen focus on outcomes, we are able to help millions of students build strong literacy skills.”

PowerUp is designed to enhance core English language arts instruction for struggling readers in grades six and above. Blending personalized, online student-driven instruction with offline teacher-delivered lessons and activities, the program accelerates the development of both fundamental literacy skills and higher-order thinking skills through adaptive learning paths. With a range of engaging texts, instructional videos and game-based motivational elements, the program is designed to help students take ownership of their learning, acknowledging their growing autonomy and building their confidence. Additionally, embedded progress monitoring, actionable data and scripted lessons empower teachers to deliver the exact instruction each student needs.

Core5 is a research-proven, technology-based program that accelerates the development of fundamental through advanced literacy skills for students of all abilities in grades pre-K-5. Following a rigorous scope and sequence built for college and career ready standards, Core5 provides explicit, systematic instruction through personalized learning paths in six areas of reading. Core5 seamlessly adapts based on student performance, targeting skill gaps as they emerge and equipping teachers with the data and instructional resources they need to personalize instruction for every student. Embedded assessment technology predicts students’ year-end performance and provides ongoing norm-referenced and actionable data to help teachers prioritize and plan instruction with the offline instructional materials.

A complete list of the 2019 Tech Edvocate Awards winners and finalists can be found here.

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About Lexia Learning

Lexia Learning, a Rosetta Stone company, empowers educators through adaptive assessment and personalized instruction. For more than 30 years, the company has been on the leading edge of research and product development as it relates to student reading skills. With a robust offering that includes solutions for differentiated instruction, personalized learning, and assessment, Lexia Learning provides educators with the tools to intensify and accelerate literacy skills development for students of all abilities. For more information, visit www.lexialearning.com

About Rosetta Stone 

Rosetta Stone Inc. (NYSE: RST) is dedicated to changing people’s lives through the power of language and literacy education. The company’s innovative digital solutions drive positive learning outcomes for the inspired learner at home or in schools and workplaces around the world.

Founded in 1992, Rosetta Stone’s language division uses cloud-based solutions to help all types of learners read, write, and speak more than 30 languages. Lexia Learning, Rosetta Stone’s literacy education division, was founded more than 30 years ago and is a leader in the literacy education space. Today, Lexia helps students build fundamental reading skills through its rigorously researched, independently evaluated, and widely respected instruction and assessment programs.