As I take a moment to reflect on the past year, I am so inspired to see more and more schools embrace parents as true partners in educating our youth. I continue to learn from our amazing schools using ParentSquare in new ways to improve communication with families and build strong and happy communities.
While we have plenty of exciting things in store for you next year, I'd like to reflect for a moment on how far we've come in 2015.
In addition to Teacher Conferences, RSVPs and hundreds of little improvements, we launched a few really big features as well:
To help schools better inform parents in case of urgent situations, we introduced Smart Alerts an intelligent voice and text notification system.
100% Parent Reach
Our new Registration App brings your parent contact data to life, giving admins and teachers visibility into student families that are not being reached or have incorrect email or phone in ParentSquare.
We announced our partnership with PowerSchool, among other integrations like Aeries Student Information System and more.
The iOS App got a major facelift with posting capabilities, wonderful user experience and much improved performance. We will be enhancing the Android app in 2016 as well.
The Analytics Dashboard is designed to help schools easily track and measure their parent reach, engagement and participation. Our intuitive dashboard gives visibility into delivery statistics, parent commenting and even volunteer hours.
Wall of Love
We made it easy for all our schools to share their amazing stories about using Parentsquare at welove.parentsquare.com. Check what others are saying!
We not only developed more engagement tools but also ideas and inspiration to build rocking school communities.
We hosted live webinars with thought-leaders in the education industry who provided practical tips and real examples of how they successfully engage parents everyday.
- 7 Effective Habits for Building an Engaged Parent Community
- Engaging Today's Families: 5 Simple Principles
- Become a Principal of Change: 3 Steps to Building a High Performing School
Our favorites on everything else
- eBook: 7 Habits for Building a Parent Community
- Guest Blog: How to Rally Your Community Around Education
- Guest Blog: Education is a Team Sport
- Guest Blog: Fostering Equity and Academic Success Through Parent Engagement
- Infographic: The Do's and Dont's of Parent Communication
Along with improved mobile apps and more SIS Integrations, we are working on many exciting enhancements coming in 2016, here are a few to peak your interest:
- Support for Special Education groups
- Class gift for teachers
- Customized notifications and permissions
- Payment integration
We look forward to supporting your school in improving parent engagement. Cheers to an amazing year ahead!
With best wishes from Santa Barbara, CA