US District GG4L Member Applicants for the Safer schools in America impact grant, please read below for important grant information, or start the application process now by clicking Safer Schools Grant Application.

The Safer Schools in America Impact Initiative, led by Global Grid for Learning (GG4L) and McREL, a Regional Educational Laboratory (REL), is an initiative developed by a national panel of experts to facilitate a positive school climate and incorporate conditions related to engagement, environment, and safety, with considerations for emotional and physical safety, anti-bullying, anti-substance abuse, emergency readiness, school building design, human variables as well as threats resulting from technology vulnerabilities.

The total grant value is estimated at $25 million; GG4L Member US districts may nominate up to three schools each to qualify for grants that fund several pre-integrated innovative safety EdTech solutions from over 25 global providers to be deployed and measured at no cost to the schools for a minimum of three-year program term. The program will accept up to 250 school districts in the United States. Any US school or school district could be a GG4L member at no cost and apply for the Grant Application. 100 US schools will be selected for the initial phase of the Grant by January 30, 2019, with 400 additional schools to be selected in later phases in 2019.

GG4L & McREL have adopted the national Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) framework and will jointly operate this initiative. The SSAE program, as part of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), stresses that all students should feel safe and supported as a condition for learning. Evidence-informed decision making is essential for those charged with school safety and student wellness. In line with ESSA requirements, the Safer Schools in America impact initiative will use independent measures of efficacy under an institutional quality research framework to establish best practices that can be shared nationally. The data will be aggregated, anonymized and analyzed by McREL and GG4L and provided in quarterly and annual reports to all stakeholders. Commercial sponsors will be limited to a 5% participation in this initiative.

Protecting children with safer school environments requires an expansive range of activities that are supported by all stakeholder, and which can now be comprehensively implemented and measured through new EdTech solutions creating a secure grid in and around schools’ academic, social, and physical environments.

The following organizations provide EdTech solutions in support of the Safer schools in America impact grant:

Category: Digital
Subcategory: Online Safety PD for students
Website: www.2simple.com

2Simple Software have been serving teacher’s and children with their powerful, educational software for 20 years. Starting out with the infant video toolkit, since 1999 the company has experience huge growth and now export to over 70 countries around the world with 1.8M children logging in to complete work on their systems every year.

Online safety has been a growing concern as children are expected, more and more, to use technology as an essential part of life. 2Simple have adapted with the changing expectation on children and their teacher’s by creating a huge variety of resources within the award-winning program Purple Mash. This whole-school software is easily searchable by grade, topic or subject and contains thousands of games, activities, apps, programs and stimulus to fully embed digital learning across your school and teach virtually every area of the curriculum.

Within Purple Mash, there are a huge variety of activities children can do to learn about Online Safety, along with a wealth of support and guidance for teacher’s. Launching in 2019 is a comprehensive guide for parents to ensure they’re supporting the valuable online safety teaching in schools.

2Simple are committed to providing outstanding resources for teacher’s, children and their parents.

Category: Emotional & Behavioral Health
Subcategory: Mentoring/School Counseling
Website: https://www.academicwindow.com

Academic Window, LLC is the gold standard in web-based, student-centered programming that provides a preventive form of counseling with consistent, data-driven follow-up. Its content design and technological platform permits confidential collaboration among students, counselors, and teachers with the goal of improving a students’ personal growth and academic performance. We have integrated the SWOT model to help students become more self-aware, and to learn how they are perceived by their peers and teachers. Because of the preventive model applied by Academic Window, addictions, bullying, depression and suicide rates are dropping with the more than 36,000 members currently using our program platform.

Academic Window’s home office is based out of Manchester, NH. Effective preventive counseling is a proven platform, where school counselors, teachers, students and parents find the tools they need to see results in school counseling. Data-driven counseling drives applied therapies to improve self-efficacy and increase student motivation. Students will thrive socially, emotionally and academically. The tool uses methodologies that have been continuously developed by academia since 1997.

Category: Emotional & Behavioral Health
Subcategory: SEL Awareness and Intervention/School Climate
Website: https://bloomsights.com

Bloomsights is a digital assessment tool for school climate and student well-being. It measures how safe, engaged, connected, and challenged students feel at school by collecting students' perspectives on their experiences of school life. Bloomsights provides school faculty with insights into four key indicators of school climate: safety, teaching and learning, relationships, and school environment. Additionally, it identifies outliers among the student population to enable teachers to take action to avoid social isolation, bullying, and other barriers to learning. Use Bloomsights to help you strengthen your relationships with your students and to support your efforts to promote their well-being.

At Bloomsights, we understand that to change school climate you need human insights. In order to build a positive learning environment, you need to deepen personal connections between students, teachers, and parents. Our mission is to bring together student experiences of school life with tools and strategies created by teachers and behavioral specialists to facilitate positive change in school culture.

Category: Digital
Subcategory: Website CMS
Website: www.campussuite.com

Campus Suite helps large and small public school districts and private schools improve how they communicate using beautifully-crafted websites, mobile apps and multi-channel notifications. The Campus Suite school communication cloud enables schools to expand their reach and amplify their messages. Schools can manage websites, voice, text, social media and email communications from a centralized control center.

Campus Suite makes web communications technology as easy as possible for school administrators to improve educational outcomes by improving how they communicate. The Campus Suite school communication cloud is simple-to-use, flexible and backed by ‘customer-first’ support. We make it possible for schools to leverage technology and better engage parents and the school community to create a positive impact through better communication.

Campus Suite integrates with existing school technologies, eliminating IT burdens and improving the use of internal resources, affording peace of mind knowing all critical web communications are in great hands.

Category: Campus security
Subcategory: Bus Transportation/Dismissal
Website: http://www.directschool.io

A user-friendly dashboard that allows the school’s platform admin to easily create and manage school accounts and user privileges while ensuring secured and monitored communication with the ability to generate real-time reports on attendance, teacher-parent interaction, bus routs, and much more. Real-Time School Bus Trips Record - Access current and historical data of all running buses through a central dashboard. You can make transportation-related decisions based on this data, know exactly where each bus is at any time, and support the safety of your student transportation. Safe and Convenient Transportation- You can always ensure the safety and convenience of your students’ pickup and drop-off, keep parents notified, and have real-time monitoring of the buses.

Category: Digital
Subcategory: Video Safety
Website: http://eduvision.jdlhorizons.com

JDL Horizons, with its award-winning Eduvision broadcast solution is the trusted adviser to K-12 educators, associations and agencies.

JDL has been chosen by school districts, governments, associations and agencies to provide enhanced learning systems, advanced technology to engage students and strengthen learning outcomes, professional development for educators to enable them to quickly and easily deploy technology in their classrooms for flipped learning and project-based learning systems, and for special video production projects.

JDL Horizons also provides video production training for students who produce live athletic events which are streamed on the internet.

Safety Category: Community Engagement
Subcategory: After school Management and Notification
Website: keedgo.com

Keedgo is mobile-friendly software solution developed exclusively for afterschools and youth activities. Keedgo connects afterschool programs with parents for efficient communication, messaging, roster management, sign-in/sign-out, attendance monitoring, and scheduling. The app saves time and improves customer service by eliminating the inefficiencies of emails, phone calls, texting, spreadsheets, and paperwork. Keedgo improves safety in schools by making critical student information readily accessible to staff at all times and establishing a fast channel of communication between staff and parents. Similarly, Keedgo's sign-in/sign-out feature with unique parent pins and digital signatures allows reliable tracking and reporting of kids' activities during the afterschool program.

Category: Campus Security
Subcategory: Visitor Mngt
Website: https://www.keepntrack.com/

KeepnTrack® software is designed to improve the safety of students & staff. Admins instantly & accurately record visitor & volunteer information. The visitor sign-in process is quick & provides instant sex offender checks to stop danger in its tracks! If a volunteer program is not run efficiently, much of the potential benefit can be lost and even discourage participation in the future. KeepnTrack is designed to help you optimize your program by increasing the speed, effectiveness, and accuracy with which administrative functions are performed, so you can focus on what's important.

Category: Digital
Subcategory: Digital/ Internet Safety
Website: www.lightspeedsystems.com

Lightspeed Systems solutions keep more than 15 million students across 25,000 schools and 35 countries safe. Since 1999, Lightspeed Systems has provided software to help school IT teams keep their technology and 1:1 programs safe, managed, and monitored. Relay by Lightspeed Systems is a complete SAAS platform for filtering, MDM, classroom management, and reporting. Safety Check is a critical component of Relay, monitoring web activity to help schools proactively identify at-risk students to save lives.

Category: Community Engagement
Subcategory: Parent Communication
Website: https://www.parentsquare.com/

For the past 8 years, ParentSquare has helped schools and districts build student-centric communities. We provide a powerful, intuitive, all-in-one cloud platform that integrates with each School’s SIS (via GG4L) to engage diverse parent populations and improve overall communication and participation goals. With ParentSquare you can:

  1. Engage all parents, despite socioeconomic and language barriers
    • Provide multiple channels of communication so parents with financial struggles can still access information through their phone, without needing a computer or email
    • Translate to 100+ languages to ensure families can keep up-to-date with school messages and directly communicate with staff in their native language
  2. Streamline communication between parents and school staff with an all-in-one & intuitive platform
    • Staff can send alerts, post updates or directly message parents
    • Parents can respond to posts, enabling feedback
    • Teachers can send out permission slips and polls, set up parent-teacher conferences, ask for volunteers and donations, etc
  3. Create safer schools by building a larger, inclusive, tight-knit community with excellent multi-directional communication
    • Parents have their eyes and ears open & can quickly and easily report any suspicious activity, effectively growing your safety network
    • Transparency of the platform puts parents at ease and creates a sense of safety
    • In the case of an emergency, school leaders can send a pre-composed message with a few clicks, alerting all staff & parents in seconds

Category: Campus security
Subcategory: School Dismissal
Website: www.pikmykid.com www.kid.io

PikMyKid is a comprehensive school safety system that ensures student safety, increases teacher efficiency & reduces traffic around schools. Main features include- School dismissal automation, Safety Panic Button and Anonymous Tipline. All these features work on desktop and mobile phones. All aspects of student safety & emergency preparedness are brought under one platform.

PikMyKid has a long history of successful partnerships with Public, Charter, and Private schools, and various special needs institutions in 32 states and 6 countries with over 250000 users.

Dismissal automation takes care of daily school dismissal chaos with - Attendance/check-ins, sequencing carline, reduce front office phones calls for any change management or absent reporting and real time notifications to parents on any dismissal changes.

SAFER panic button is a mobile and web based ‘SAFER Panic Button’. School staff can use the feature from anywhere inside and outside the campus. During an emergency the staff can report and track the location of emergency instantly with creating a panic situation for students or parents.

Anonymous Tipline is integrated with school to proactively help student, by enabling our schools to better understand their safety challenges.

Category: Physical Health & Wellness
Subcategory: School- based health/athletic programs
Website: https://www.rankonesport.com

Rank One Sport is a leading software company helping Athletic Directors, Athletic Trainers, and coaches save time, save money, and improve communication. Rank One Sport offers a comprehensive set of tools to help athletic departments manage their day to day responsibilities. All features are available online, giving users secure access anywhere internet is available.With over 30 Million Pieces of Paper, 3.4 Million Daily Treatments entered, and 2 Million Games Scheduled, Rank One Sport is quickly becoming the preferred athletic department management solution in the United States.

Category: Campus Security
Subcategory: Student ID cards
Website: www.scholarchip.com

ScholarChip is the industry leader for automated, modular, integrated security and operations services for K12 and beyond. We give you the freedom to focus on your school’s most important issues of the day while you gain valuable insight into your student, staff, and visitor populations. We’re the largest seller of K12 Smart ID Cards and their associated school services like attendance, payment processing, cafeteria POS, visitor management, secure door access, and behavior management services. Our priority is school safety and accountability; our goal is to be the standard for integrated school safety and operations systems. ScholarChip was first to market in centralizing and integrating School Safety and Operations Systems with a true one card solution. It is the basis for an advanced and comprehensive security and multi-point attendance platform that is being used in major urban, suburban, and rural school districts across America.

Category: Campus Security
Subcategory: School Dismissal
Website: https://www.silentdismissal.com

Silent Dismissal is the only end of day student management program that allows parents to remotely specify dismissal methods for each student and receive real-time notification during dismissal while providing school staff the ability to scan each student arriving or leaving the school with immediate confirmation that the student is in the proper location. Silent Dismissal provides chain of custody tracking from time of student dismissal call to classroom departure time to building exit or ride load. Collected dismissal metrics are available within Silent Dismissal to provide insight into improving the dismissal process along with the requisite information to measure the success of the process improvements. Silent Dismissal supports all end of school dismissals including parent pick up; ride home with a friend; buses; daycare vans; walk or bike home; and on-site activities such as sports, tutoring, clubs, and extended care. Silent Dismissal has tracked over a million student dismissals at public, private, and charter schools from coast to coast and our original clients continue to use our service more than a decade later.

Silent Dismissal is a Software as a Service (SAAS) product that works with any internet connected device such as a phone, table, Chromebook, or a computer running Windows, Mac OS, or Linux. No specific hardware in required; all that is needed is a connection to the internet along with existing devices already at the school. We offer dedicated apps for Android and iOS along with access from a web browser.

Category: Community Engagement
Subcategory: TBD
Website: https://www.vedamo.com/

VEDAMO’s vision is Change – to take online education to the next level by making e-learning more efficient, easy and accessible to everyone. VEDAMO is designed to support teaching professionals and organizations to increase their volume while reducing logistics and overheads, to enable working with a wide range of users regardless of their location, and to better manage and diversify their traditional face-to-face training.

VEDAMO Virtual Classroom is an online live teaching platform. It combines multi-peer video-conferencing and collaborative group features - highly interactive whiteboard and documents editor, breakout rooms, screen-sharing and synchronized media players. In the Virtual Classroom teachers have full control over participants actions and interfaces. The platform is simple and intuitive for both kids and non-tech savvy users, and is cloud based so no installation is needed. It's a safe and secure environment.

VEDAMO is designed and used for education.

Category: Community Engagement
Subcategory: CIP Safety for Admin
Website: https://vitalinsightsolutions.com

VitalInsight™ is the first cloud-based technology designed to measure the existence and relative strength of over 8,000 best practices in districts and schools. As many as ten different stakeholder groups are invited to engage in an online diagnostic inventory that examines their experiences, knowledge, and aspirations related to practice in five Sectors of performance: School Safety and Security, Parent and Stakeholder Engagement, Data and Metrics, Adult and Student Learning, and Shared Leadership Responsibilities.

The technology requires as little as 20 minutes of stakeholder time and produces a set of Data dashboards that examine practice strengths, vulnerabilities, commitment and capacity to improve, and specific diagnoses of vulnerable practice tied to a selection of research-based prescriptions. All data are disaggregated by stakeholder group, school, and eighteen Interactive Performance Systems.

VitalInsight™ (VI) is based on the protocols of clinical medicine, and has proven to significantly impact both adult and student performance outcomes. VI is the first technology to fill the gap in available data between summative assessment of performance and the research-based strategies that improve outcomes. VI has also been shown to unite stakeholders behind an agenda for improvement.

VI was developed by LeadershipEnergies, founded in 2005 by experienced educational leaders.