Administrative/Business Tools


Community Brands Acquires BigSIS

Community Brands (CB), which offers an online software and payment program to charitable nonprofits and K–12 schools, announced this week it has acquired BigSIS, creator of the School Management Information System platform.

Varsity Tutors' New Teacher Assigned Tutoring Platform Puts Educators in Charge, Connects Classroom Challenges to Sessions

Online tutoring provider Varsity Tutors today unveiled a new service that puts teachers in charge, enabling them to “prescribe” sessions to their struggling students, communicate with each tutor, ensure the extra help is focused on the topics students are struggling with in class, and monitor each student’s progress post-session.

Safety Software Provider Raptor Tech Partners with Alertus on Multi-Modal Mass Notifications

School safety software provider Raptor Technologies and emergency notification software provider Alertus Technologies said this week they will integrate their solutions to enhance security for K–12 schools and districts using Raptor solutions.

ParentSquare Partners with MyVRSpot, Expands Video Messaging Options for Educators

In response to requests from educators for more ways to send video messages to parents, ParentSquare this week announced a new partnership with video and digital media service MyVRSpot that will expand video messaging capabilities on ParentSquare’s school-home communications platform.

Newly Released Interim Guides Designed to Help Urban Districts Assess Progress of ARP Investments

The Council of Great City Schools has released a set of guides tailored to each function of school leadership to help urban school districts evaluate their American Rescue Plan investments and implementations one year in, the nonprofit said in a news release.

Illuminate Education Booted from Student Privacy Pledge, Referred for Potential FTC and State AG Action

The Future of Privacy Forum on Monday announced it has removed Illuminate Education from the nonprofit’s list of Student Privacy Pledge signatories — the first time a company has been de-listed from the voluntary data protection pledge — and said it sent its decision and supporting facts to federal and state authorities for potential legal action against the ed tech company.

Amid Shortage, Mississippi Initiative Offers Free Praxis Prep Resources for Aspiring Teachers

Education policy nonprofit Mississippi First on Monday announced it has partnered with Study.com to launch Study.com’s Keys to the Classroom initiative statewide, providing cost-free resources to help aspiring teachers pass their Praxis exams and earn teaching certificates, according to a news release.

Five Ways To Prioritize Teachers' Well-Being and Help Overcome the Staffing Crisis

A tech executive shares experience from dealing with staffing shortages in the tech sector: 5 ways schools can support educator well-being and help solve the teacher shortage problem.

ED Hosting Webinars This Week for Full-Service Community Schools Grant Applicants

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Elementary and Secondary Education will host several webinars this week to provide guidance to local and state education agencies and community-based organizations interested in applying for the Full-Service Community Schools grant program, which will award up to $68 million to approximately 40 applicants later this year.

Promise Neighborhoods Program Accepting Applications for $18M in Grant Funds

The U.S. Department of Education Office of Elementary and Secondary Education is now accepting applications for the Promise Neighborhoods program, which will award up to $18 million to four or five winning applicants later this year. The deadline to apply for the grants is Sept. 27, 2022.

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