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Taking Our Place at the Head of the Class

Posted by Derek Dunaway on June 08, 2015

June is upon us, and schools across the country are winding down another academic year. As educators and students reflect on accomplishments of the past term and look forward to what’s ahead, we at Chalkable are similarly reflecting on a year of adventure and change at the company.

With so many exciting achievements, product releases and customer successes over the past several months, what we are most excited about is what’s coming up next.

A New Brand Anchors a RefinedMission

This year saw many milestones for Chalkable, first and foremost changing our name and brand after 30 years. We didn’t embrace a new name simply for the sake of change, however – the shift to Chalkable is a representation of aggressive innovation, strategic growth and customer successes. It reflects our mission to create and integrate K-12 technology in ways that improve the learning process and drive student achievement.

Delivering on this mission required more than a new or different product strategy – we underwent a true cultural shift in how we think about empowering educators to use data to improve student achievement. We set out to make data more meaningful. Our student information system evolved into a true student achievement platform, connecting the traditional SIS with enhanced tools for teachers and students. We built data security into each solution from the ground up to ensure the integrity and safety of all personal student information. Then we made all of this available through modern, easy-to-use interfaces built for K-12.

New Solutions Driving Student Achievement

With this mission and core values solidified, we at Chalkable focused on integrating, enhancing and innovating our products and services to ensure they are improving the learning process and driving student achievement. So far this year, we have launched and piloted several new solutions and rolled out multiple updates to customers that build on our mission:

  • We enhanced our flagship student information system, InformationNOW, with a modern gradebook and a digital classroom tool set for teachers, Chalkable Classroom.
  • We connected the Learning Earnings positive reinforcement solution with InformationNOW, enabling us to demonstrate tangible evidence of the efficacy of the program. In addition, we launched a teacher version of Learning Earnings, available free-of-charge to teachers to help them incentivize and reward students to improve their behavior and academic performance.
  • We integrated our food service management solution, Chalkable Café, within the platform to simplify food service management tasks for school and district staff and enable parents to be involved in their child's school day nutrition.
  • We piloted our newest cloud-based solution specifically designed for the unique needs of K-12 private schools, Chalkable Private School.

Data as a Differentiator

Our approach to data is one of the ways Chalkable stands apart from other offerings. We believe that students, teachers, parents and administrators deserve better information to improve the learning process. Our vision is to connect the student, learning and performance data in one comprehensive platform and make it accessible, meaningful and targeted to each stakeholder in K-12 education.

To that end, we moved beyond simple data collection and created a true student achievement platform that puts the appropriate data in the hands of students, parents, teachers, and administrators to improve student performance. We broke down product silos and barriers to integrate our products and services in a way that ties previously disconnected data and information together.

Now, Chalkable provides educators with a complete story on their classrooms and students – connecting attendance and grades, digital and prescriptive learning, as well as positive reinforcement and incentive programs to truly see what’s working, who may need some extra help, and where change may have the greatest impact.

Continued Innovation and Thought Leadership

As we build our future product and services innovation and investment strategies, we remain laser focused on delivering and elevating data in ways that create positive change. Over the next few months, you will see exciting new product and services announcements about how Chalkable is further improving student achievement by facilitating collaboration and access to information to inform personalized student learning.

As we’ve taken these significant steps over the past several years culminating in the launch of our new brand, we’ve been overwhelmed by the positive feedback received from the broad spectrum of our customers. From principals and teachers to curriculum directors and administrators, the ability to use data to make informed decisions that improve student achievement is highly valued.

The Chalkable team and I are looking forward to sharing more about our K-12 education solution innovation, and more importantly, introducing you to districts, schools, teachers and students that exemplify success. We are incredibly excited about our results to date, and can’t wait to see what’s ahead. The best is yet to come.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Derek Dunaway

Written by Derek Dunaway

Derek Dunaway is chief executive officer of Chalkable, a leading provider of education data management, student achievement and professional learning solutions to the K-12 public and private school market. In partnership with states, districts, schools and educators, Chalkable helps students succeed by breaking down the barriers to learning across the K-12 ecosystem and facilitating collaboration, access to information, and effective use of tools to improve student performance.