prnewswire | November 12, 2020
Cygnus Education, a full-service performance marketing and enrollment management solutions provider dedicated to serving higher education institutions, has hired Don Alava as Executive Vice President of Marketing Services. Don will lead all marketing efforts aimed at strengthening Cygnus Education's position as a performance marketing leader in the higher education vertical. He brings more than 27 years of marketing leadership, driving advertising innovation and building award-winning online marketing strategies. Before coming to Cygnus, Don was VP of Marketing at a number of institutions including Universal Technical Institute and Lincoln Educational Services Corporation, together serving more than 20,000 students at 38 campuses. In this capacity, he created digital marketing strategies across multiple channels, as well as advanced marketing analytics and attribution modeling.
Bark Technologies | September 06, 2021
Online safety company Bark Technologies today announced the addition of Microsoft Teams to the list of platforms it monitors at schools nationwide. Bark is the latest company to offer this level of protection on the popular Teams platform.
Currently, Bark monitors more than 30 of today's most popular social media platforms and apps, as well as text messages, chats, emails, and Microsoft OneDrive files. Bark also monitors images, text within images, audio, and video that can be attached to Teams channels and chat messages as part of its suite of safety solutions. The addition of Teams monitoring in schools reinforces Bark's commitment to protecting more than 5.6 million children across the U.S.
Throughout the pandemic, Teams has been one of the most heavily relied-upon platforms for educational institutions, growing exponentially as schools switched to distance and hybrid learning. Even as students return to the classroom this fall, more than 230,000 educational institutions rely on Teams to communicate and collaborate online.
Using highly sophisticated AI, Bark detects and alerts families of concerning behaviors in a variety of categories, including cyberbullying, depression, suicidal ideation, violence, and online predation. Throughout the challenging months of 2020 — the hardest year for families in recent memory — Bark analyzed more than 2 billion online activities from teens and tweens across the U.S., noting a significant uptick in behaviors including self-harm and suicidal ideation. Kids faced a pandemic, social unrest, and virtual learning, and through it all, they relied heavily on online communication to stay connected with family and friends.
"With more than 100 million students currently using Microsoft Teams, there has never been a greater need to ensure their safety when communicating and collaborating on school platforms," said Brian Bason, CEO of Bark. "We are thrilled to add this extra layer of protection by adding Bark's monitoring services to Teams."
"We're happy to see companies like Bark joining the Microsoft Teams ecosystem and adding value by integrating their safety solutions with Teams Graph APIs," said
Yaron Hezroni, principal program manager for Teams Ecosystem at Microsoft. "The added safety measures Bark brings to Teams helps ensure that students are protected and in the best position to succeed."
Bark helps families manage and protect their children's digital lives. The award-winning service monitors 30+ of the most popular apps and social media platforms for signs of issues like cyberbullying, suicidal ideation, online predators, threats of violence, and more. Bark's web filtering and screen time management tools empower families to set healthy limits around the websites and apps their kids can access and when they can visit them.
Frontline Education | December 28, 2021
Frontline Education, a leading provider of administration software purpose-built for educators in K-12, has been recognized throughout 2021 for its innovation, expertise and commitment to serving K-12 leaders by providing technology that supports the growth of people and optimizes the management of processes.
In December, Frontline’s HRMS solution was selected as a finalist by Supes’ Choice under the HR/Finance category. Part of the Frontline Human Capital Management Suite, HRMS enables HR teams to drive talent, compensation, benefits and position management in one system for better insight and management. The Supes’ Choice Awards is the only education industry award judged exclusively by school district superintendents recognizing education technology products that are solving the most challenging problems facing K-12 education today. In September, EdTech Digest selected Frontline’s Student Analytics Lab (formerly Forecast5 5Lab) as a finalist for the Cool Tool Awards. Frontline Student Analytics Lab consolidates disparate data sources into a single analytics environment helping administrators do the important work of identifying learning gaps and determining intervention methods to improve student achievement outcomes.
“It was an honor to have our products recognized by Supes’ Choice and EdTech Digest, associations and organizations that have their fingers on the pulse of what K-12 leaders need to operate efficiently and effectively so they can spend more time on strategic initiatives that impact student outcomes. We are committed to the K-12 community and will continue to innovate to deliver solutions that create great impact.”
Kevin Haugh, Chief Product Officer of Frontline
Earlier in the year, several Frontline executives were acknowledged for their strong leadership, domain expertise and vision to ensure that cutting-edge technology thrives across K-12 education. CEO Mark Gruzin ranked number 10 on The Software Report’s Annual Top 50 SaaS CEOs list. Gruzin was also recognized as a finalist for the PACT Enterprise Award which is given to CEOs who are leading transformation in their industry. Managing Director, Elizabeth Combs ranked on The Software Report’s Top 50 Women Leaders in SaaS of 2021, an award that recognizes women who have served as advocates for women in tech, have stood out as role models and have driven company growth.
As a mission-driven brand in business to support school leaders and teachers, Frontline places great emphasis on its culture and core values. Companies that recently joined Frontline Education, Forecast 5 and Hayes Software Systems, won “Top Workplaces” for 2021 by the Chicago Tribune and One of Austin’s Best Places to Work by Austin Business Journal respectively.
Frontline Education is a leading provider of school administration software, connecting solutions for student and special programs, business operations and human capital management with powerful data and analytics to empower educators. Frontline partners with school systems to deliver tools, data and insights that support greater efficiency and productivity, enabling school leaders to spend more time and resources executing strategies that drive educator effectiveness, student success and district excellence.
Frontline’s broad portfolio includes solutions for proactive recruiting and hiring, absence and time management, professional growth, student information systems, special education, special programs, Medicaid reimbursement, school health management, inventory control and asset management, payroll, benefits and financial management. Over 10,000 clients representing millions of educators, administrators and support personnel have partnered with Frontline Education in their efforts to develop the next generation of learners.
Frontline Education’s corporate headquarters is located in Malvern, PA, with Location Hubs (physical offices) in Roseville, CA, Naperville, IL and Austin, TX. In addition to Frontline’s Location Hubs, Collaboration Hubs – flexible locations in areas where Frontline has a concentration of team members, have been established across the country and Remote Location Hubs – designed to drive remote employee engagement through intentional and common use of tools and processes, have been established as part of a company-wide effort to reimagine the work environment.