ParentLink Unveils ParentLink 9
Jun 08, 2012 (Close-Up Media via COMTEX) --
ParentLink announced the release of its latest product, ParentLink 9.
According to a release on June 5, the result of months of development and partnerships with districts around the country, ParentLink 9 is a dramatic step forward in parent and community relationship management. Educators have long sought ways to create "educational communities," where the various stakeholders in a child's education are all brought together to provide the support needed. ParentLink 9 gives district administrators everything they need in order to create those educational communities. It also provides the leadership tools so that administrators will know what to do, when.
"We are extremely excited to be deploying ParentLink 9," said Dr. Gordon Pritz, superintendent of schools at Douglas County School System in Douglasville, GA. "Obviously, it is important that we can communicate effectively when there is an emergency. But it is even more important that we can provide the right kind of communication to our parents about the progress of their children in school. It is obvious to me that with ParentLink 9 we will be able to reach every segment of our community with the right information in the right way. These services will truly help bring our communication into the 21st century."
ParentLink 9 provides a set of integrated communication and leadership tools including ParentLink's outreach messaging platform. As described by a release, new to ParentLink 9 is the following:
-Mobile App for Parents and Community Members—With this smartphone app, parents, students, and interested community members can have district information at their fingertips. Users will have access to news, calendars, sports, messages, directories, a Tip Line, and all of the district's social media (Facebook, Twitter, RSS feeds, etc.), accessible anytime, anywhere. Parents can login and have access to all of the important information relating to their child's education: messages, grades, assignments, attendance, account balances, and more. Parents can also set alerts to notify them of grade changes, missed assignments or attendance violations.
-Mobile App for Administrators—This is a way for school administrators to create, send and track messages, without the need to be at a computer with Internet access. In a matter of seconds, a message can be created and sent to individuals, groups, classes, schools, or even the entire district.
-Administrator Dashboard—With this view, administrators will be able to see how well the communication programs are working at the district. The dashboard will aggregate metrics from several areas such as Parent Usage, Community Usage, Teacher Usage and School Usage, and compare those to GPA and attendance data so that administrators will immediately know how the communications are impacting student achievement.
-Tip Line—Community members, parents, students and staff can now all submit tips with ParentLink 9. The tip line allows users to submit tips anonymously or with contact information via phone, text, website or mobile app so everyone can send a tip in the manner they are comfortable. All tips are sent to a person selected by the district for quick and appropriate response.
-Attendance Management—With ParentLink, administrators will be able to identify, track and communicate with at-risk parents and their parents. The attendance management features will help administrators identify attendance trends and find out what's working and why.
-Teacher Messaging—Teachers want to communicate with parents, but just don't have the time or the right tools. With ParentLink, teachers can use the drag-and-drop interface to select messages from the Company's message library, either for the entire class or for selected individuals.
-Surveys—Obtain feedback from parents, students, staff, and community, with the Company's built-in survey capability.
All of those services and technologies are included in the ParentLink 9 package. Also included is ParentLink's DataLink service.
ParentLink is a communication solution for education, providing the tools to link schools, parents, students, and the community in one common objective—to create educational communities.
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