October 28, 2009 — HONOLULU —uBoost, providers of an award-winning online student performance recognition and rewards platform, today announced a partnership with oaSES, the premier online management software for Supplemental Educational Services (SES) providers. With this partnership, organizations using oaSES to manage their SES operations will now be able to differentiate their services by offering a branded student recognition and rewards program.
uBoost’s platform enables educators to award points for attendance, performance and positive behaviors, which are redeemed by students for relevant rewards. Founded in 2008, the Company is quickly being recognized for its impact in education. In May 2009, uBoost was recognized at the Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA) Codie Awards as “Newcomer of the Year.” In August 2009, the Company was named a finalist in the prestigious EdNET Awards for “Rookie of the Year” honors, underscoring the industry’s excitement for uBoost’s approach to student recognition and rewards.
oaSES is a feature-rich, Web-based management software system designed to streamline the workload of SES providers. Using the existing student data in oaSES, uBoost automatically creates student reward accounts and allows SES managers to automatically award points. Students can redeem their points online or off-line, choosing from thousands of rewards options. uBoost then sends the award within five days to the students home with no further action necessary from the SES providers.
Appleton Learning, a provider of tutoring and SES programs, currently uses oaSES and will integrate the uBoost functionality into their operations.
“uBoost and oaSES understand the day-to-day challenges of operating SES and tutoring programs,” says Glenn Clayton, Operations Director of Appleton Learning. “The uBoost rewards system works seamlessly with our oaSES software, helping us to offer a more robust and engaging experience for students, while simplifying or eliminating many of the logistical aspects involved with running our program.”
“Despite scarce resources and declining budgets, SES and tutoring providers must still deliver programs that are engaging and that foster academic achievement,” said John Bower, CEO of uBoost. “Organizations like Appleton Learning have achieved improvements in student performance as well as significant cost savings by integrating uBoost and foregoing the administrative expense of creating and managing their own recognition programs.”
uBoost is an online performance recognition and rewards platform that enables educators to award students with points for positive behaviors, which can then be redeemed for rewards. uBoost works across all age groups, curricula, and achievement levels and offers educators an innovative way to recognize engagement and incremental improvement. Recognition in the form of points, performance-based honor badges, and a coveted spot on achiever leader-boards encourages students to put forth maximum effort. Students are able to choose from a catalog containing thousands of rewards choices (from $.01 to $200.00), thereby ensuring that there is something that interests and motivates them. Students can redeem for merchandise and gift cards; support their favorite charitable cause; customize their own safe, virtual environment; or participate in contests to win premium rewards such as iPods and Amazon.com gift cards. To maintain engagement, uBoost continues to offer new rewards and contests to keep up with students’ changing interests and to ensure relevance throughout the school year. uBoost partners with publishers, district administrators, online schools, tutoring companies, and private education companies to design and implement student recognition and rewards programs. For more information about uBoost, call 808-377-4810 or visit: