(PRWEB) December 24, 2012
The recent tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut has reinforced the need for school communities to come together in response to and in preparation for unexpected events.
Free online network Schooltree.org has provided over 160,000 US and Canadian schools with live community web pages, where parents can connect with local school administrators, teachers and each other safely and easily.
District and local administrators have long recognized the benefits of increased community engagement and parental communication; educationally as well as logistically in times of emergency such as October’s Hurricane Sandy.
Unfortunately, standard methods of school-parent communication such as printed handouts, emails, e-newsletters and websites lack the collaborative abilities so essential to community engagement.
“Schools and parents want and need to be connected,” says Schooltree.org Director Jono Landon, who has spoken to school administrators and community members across the US and Canada. “One-way communication isn’t enough for anybody anymore, but people either aren’t sure what the solution is, or think they can’t afford it.”
For most school parents, staying connected often involves monitoring a series of communication channels which when multiplied by more than one child, can easily become overwhelming. As a single hub for all things school-related, Schooltree.org streamlines communication from multiple schools, classrooms, and parent groups to make staying in the loop easier and less time-consuming.
Designed just for school communities, Schooltree.org’s social networking features allow parents, teachers and administrators to make plans, share information and collaborate on school-related matters privately, easily and without exposure to personal and often inappropriate ancillary content.
Parents and staff can find their local school's live community web page by searching by name or region at Schooltree.org. Once signed up, parents can join their local school page and connect with other school members.
Schooltree.org is a Toronto-based internet company that has just launched its free online parent engagement and communication tool, designed specifically for school communities. Comments, questions and feedback are welcome at (416) 544-9925 ext. 262 and naomi(at)schooltree(dot)org.