LivingTree Launches to Help Schools and Teachers Revolutionize Parent Engagement
Cutting-Edge Web-Based System Provides Safe, Secure Platform for Communication and Coordination Between Parents, the Classroom, and Schools

AUSTIN, TX, May 14, 2013 – Communication and coordination between schools, the classroom and parents has become faster, safer and more secure with the launch of LivingTree, a free cutting-edge web and mobile-based communication platform. LivingTree provides schools, teachers and parents with a single, intuitive, robust service through which to communicate important information, rich media, documents, conduct private conversations, share calendars, and manage volunteer sign ups. The service, which offers mobile capabilities through the LivingTree iPhone and Android applications, is now available via www.livingtree.com.

LivingTree enhances the education process by providing a powerful set of tools and capabilities that maximize communication between the parents and the classroom, while minimizing the amount of time teachers and school administrators spend on communicating and coordinating with parents. While LivingTree is an ideal application for parents and teachers, it also enables parents to better sync and connect with family members, coaches/leagues, and any other extra-curricular youth organizations involved in children’s lives.

Some of the benefits of LivingTree include:
• Improves communication: School administrators, teachers and parents can conduct two-way conversations, post information/media, comment, and share documents.
• Encourages engagement: Provides complete transparency into the classroom through ongoing and swift updates, and photos/media enable deeper awareness and partnering in the education process.
• Enhances coordination: Parents’ calendars can be updated at the school or class level. Volunteer needs and sign-up can be easily coordinated – straight from the web, iPhone, or Android applications.

Five decades of research confirms that engagement of families in education improves schools, academic outcomes, and graduation rates. “Keeping parents informed and involved in their children’s school, classroom and extra-curricular activities is getting increasingly difficult given the multiple schedules that families juggle on a daily basis. Adding to the communication challenge are the multiple channels and devices through which people are receiving their information,” explained Cullen Childress, Co-Founder and CEO of LivingTree. “We developed LivingTree as a single secure, private and shared place where those that raise and teach our children can better connect and coordinate.”

“Using the LivingTree platform, our school was able to build a much tighter community and meaningful engagement with our families. It has truly changed our level of transparency with parents and how we converse, share, and coordinate in the context of educating our children,” said Eden A. Jones, Principal at Briargrove Elementary in Houston, TX.

“LivingTree provides a private, easy to use channel to open up my classroom to the families of the children I teach,” said Asal Farahani, teacher at Briargrove Elementary “I can easily share the daily learnings, activities, and sign up needs, allowing the development of the kids can continue well beyond my classroom.”
Schools, teachers and organizations can sign up and find more information on www.livingtree.com.

About LivingTree:

Founded in 2012, LivingTree’s mission is to simplify communication and coordination between all the people participating in the raising and development of our children. LivingTree aims to make it easy for busy parents to organize things with one another, coordinate and share the most important moments of their children’s lives with loved ones, as well as enabling the organizations that are helping teach our children to more effectively communicate and coordinate with us as parents – all in one safe, and integrated place. For more information visit: www.livingtree.com.

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