ParentSquare, provider of the premier unified school-to-home engagement platform for K-12, today announced their partnership with Learning Explorer to enable sharing of open educational resources through the ParentSquare platform, free of charge for all customers through the end of the 2019/20 school year.
Schools and districts in more than 44 states use ParentSquare to support and interact with families. Educators and administrators manage district alerts, classroom communication, direct messaging, forms, volunteering, attendance and more through a single, unified platform. Powerful metrics and reporting make it easy to track overall engagement levels and measure the success of specific school-to-home interactions.
“In March, we foresaw that our schools would need to leverage our platform in new ways to support learning at home,” said Sohit Wadhwa, CEO and co-founder. “It was important that we build a bridge between our K-12 communications platform and educational platforms used for remote learning.”
Wadhwa continued, “ParentSquare already features extensive integrations with student information and other critical administrative systems. We’re delighted to partner with Learning Explorer going forward and bring their incredible library of educator-curated resources and curriculum tools to our customers, to make this extraordinary time easier for teachers, parents and students.”
Teachers will be able to use Learning Explorer straight from their existing ParentSquare account, to collect and share resources directly with students and parents.
Learning Explorer is the award-winning PreK-12 curriculum management platform (originally created by the team at Lesson Planet), containing over 650,000 teacher-reviewed, standards-aligned open educational resources organized by grade level, subject, resource type, accessibility, standards, Lexile, and more.
Learning Explorer integrates seamlessly with the new Resource Hub in ParentSquare. Teachers can find, build, and manage collections of learning resources in the Learning Explorer portal and then seamlessly deliver those collections (or assignments) to parents and students through ParentSquare.
“We are excited about this new partnership with ParentSquare and the opportunity to help schools and districts support their teachers, parents and students during this challenging time of remote learning,” said Learning Explorer founder Jim Hurley. “Learning Explorer’s integration with ParentSquare means educators can now find, manage and deliver custom collections of learning resources (i.e. lessons, assignments, etc.) to parents and students much easier and faster.”
Districts and single-site schools using ParentSquare can request Learning Explorer activation by contacting ParentSquare Customer Success team. ParentSquare customers will be able to continue using Learning Explorer after the end of the 2019/20 school year with a straightforward subscription based on student and teacher populations.
ParentSquare is relied on by millions of educators and families in over 44 states for unified, effective school communications. ParentSquare’s parent engagement tools work from the district office to the individual classroom, supported by powerful metrics and reporting. ParentSquare’s technology platform features extensive integrations with student information and other critical administrative systems, translation to more than 100 languages, and app, email, text, voice and web portal access for equitable communication. ParentSquare, founded in 2011, is based in Santa Barbara, CA.
About Learning Explorer
Founded by teachers for teachers, Learning Explorer’s passion is helping to make teachers’ lives easier by saving them time discovering, planning, and delivering quality online curriculum resources. Ideal for in class or remote learning, our award-winning learning object repository (LOR) and curriculum management platform (designed and developed by sister company Lesson Planet, provides PreK-12 educators seamless access to a huge, all-in-one searchable ecosystem of learning resources from a wide variety of both educator-curated open educational resources (OER) and district-licensed publisher content. The Learning Explorer team is committed to providing truly innovative digital tools and resources that are designed to help instructional leaders better close the curriculum equity gap; save educators time in the planning and delivery of relevant, standards-aligned lessons; and, to inspire more meaningful, personalized and engaging student learning.