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.
SEMCAP Education | February 25, 2022
Seminal Capital Holdings, LLC announces the formation of SEMCAP Education and a strategic, exclusive partnership with ASU Enterprise Partners, the private nonprofit that creates solutions and generates resources to extend the reach of ASU and advance its charter. The two organizations will collaborate on private investments in education and education technology companies with strong use-cases for the university.
SEMCAP is an impact investment manager founded by Buck Buckley and Cyrus Vandrevala. “Investments in education and skills training are proven pathways to improved social outcomes such as consumer health, wealth, life expectancy and overall happiness. SEMCAP Education is already backing world-class companies such as Noodle Partners and McGraw Hill. We’re so pleased to invest in the seminal trends driving this sector, and partnering with ASU EP strengthens both organizations,” says Buckley.
“Partnering with knowledgeable capital allocators such as SEMCAP Education enables Edtech companies in our portfolio growth opportunities.”
ASU Enterprise Partners CEO Dan Dillon
“The SEMCAP Education team is a unique combination of experienced educators, company founders, administrators, investors and regulators with global networks across the sector,” Buckley continued. Chuck Trafton and Vince Menichelli, Managing Partners of SEMCAP Education, are supported by a team of frontline leaders transforming education worldwide, including Jared Carney of Lightdale, LLC and formerly of the Milken Institute and Knowledge Universe, Chris Nagle of Holmes Education Group, Joe Ferguson of Charter School Growth Fund, and Cindy Morgan of Penn Medicine.
ASU Enterprise Partners’ Samantha Bradley is joining the SEMCAP Education Advisory Board, which is chaired by Jo Johnson, the former UK Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, and includes Harry Keiley-Chairman of CalSTRS, the California State Teachers' Retirement System. “Under the leadership of its President, Dr. Michael Crow, ASU has pioneered the application of technology to learning and the widening of access to world-class education. We’re proud to collaborate with a true education innovator on investments in our collective future,” Johnson commented.
Bradley serves as managing director of RealmSpark, the business unit of ASU Enterprise Partners that facilitates the capital investments necessary to fuel a strategically managed portfolio of EdTech ideas and innovation in support of Arizona State University.
Bradley stated, “ASU Enterprise Partners and SEMCAP Education are teaming up to provide the best-positioned growth companies access to value added capital. Together we can help drive the innovation and growth required for ASU to fulfill its mission.”
About SEMCAP Education
SEMCAP Education identifies and backs entrepreneurs who are transforming the future of education and scaling technologies that improve access, affordability, and quality. We invest growth equity in category-leading and category-making education and education technology companies that drive transformation for students, teachers and taxpayers from Pre-K through adult learning. Led by a highly skilled investment team with deep operating and investing experience in education and education technology, the team provides unique deal insight and support for strategic partnering and enhanced growth.
About ASU Enterprise Partners
ASU Enterprise Partners is a private, nonprofit organization whose mission is to create solutions and generate resources to extend Arizona State University’s reach and advance its charter. ASU Enterprise Partners supports ASU through resource raising, realty development, technology transfer, collaborative research and acceleration of ed tech innovations in support of universal, lifelong learning at ASU. Its business units and strategic alignment partners include the ASU Foundation, ASURE, Enterprise Collaboratory at ASU, RealmSpark, Skysong Innovations and University Realty.
Promethean and Merlyn | June 22, 2022
An exclusive distribution agreement for the US market has been reached between Merlyn Mind, Inc. and Promethean®, a preeminent worldwide education technology firm. The voice-activated AI solution Symphony ClassroomTM, which gives teachers access to the Merlyn digital assistant, will be distributed by Promethean under the terms of the new deal. Customers will be able to buy Symphony Classroom directly through Promethean's network of resellers thanks to the agreement.
"Promethean's ActivPanel is the interactive display of choice for millions of teachers who rely on technology to drive student engagement and spark their imagination. By adding Symphony Classroom to our portfolio, we will make it easier for educators to teach untethered, supporting a student-centered environment that increases participation."
-Vin Riera, Chief Executive Officer, Promethean
Teachers can use voice commands or a remote to operate their laptops, interactive screens, internet browsers, apps, and more using Symphony Classroom's Merlyn digital assistant, which is specially designed for the special demands of education. Merlyn frees teachers to move around the classroom so they can interact with students, makes routine classroom duties easier, and boosts efficiency and productivity overall thanks to Symphony Classroom's EdgeAI® technology, which offers lightning-fast reactivity.
"At Merlyn Mind, we're using the latest advances in AI to build transformative technology that gives teachers what they want most – the freedom to teach. The AI software platform makes it possible for Merlyn to quickly respond to teacher commands and integrate with the applications teachers use every day to simplify work and untether teachers to spend more time with students. Our new relationship with Promethean brings teachers a solution for classroom management that makes the most of the tools and technology educators already have with the best of AI and advanced technology."
-Satya Nitta, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Merlyn Mind