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AllHere Acquires Technology Assets from EdNudge, Evidence-Based Family Communications Program.

June 11, 2020

Acquisition Accelerates Solution Expansion to Address Today’s Needs

BOSTON – Boston-based edtech startup AllHere announced it has acquired the technology assets from EdNudge, which has been widely lauded for its evidence-based approach to sending personalized communications to students and parents about attendance and engagement.

EdNudge was founded leveraging research by Peter Bergman, who is an assistant professor of economics and education at Teachers College, Columbia University. The New York Times report on Behavioral Nudges called EdNudge “an effective way to improve education” that “solve(s)…problems for students, freeing up time and financial resources for those who need other kinds of help.” EdNudge was developed using a randomized control trial in which students were randomly assigned to receive text messages with actionable data about attendance or missing assignments. The intervention reduced course failures by 38%, increased class attendance by 17%, and increased in-class exam scores by 0.13 standard deviations. These effects were larger for students with below-average GPAs at baseline. The impacts on performance were on par with the effects of paper-based letters or scholarships that cost thousands of dollars.

“As classrooms across the country are redefined as the result of COVID-19,” says Joanna Smith, CEO, “district resources are tight, and teachers need to be laser-focused on instruction, so mobilizing families as a support system for attendance and engagement is more critical than ever. COVID-19 has also made personalized, truly adaptive communication at scale more complicated. We’re excited about what this asset acquisition can do to take family communication about attendance, chronic absenteeism, and engagement to the next level. And, AllHere remains committed to helping ensure that every student has the opportunity to learn every day.”

“We are also very honored to have Peter Bergman join our advisory board and are very confident his insights and leadership in attendance and student engagement will help AllHere continue our trajectory of innovation and breakthroughs around this important topic.” 

Peter Bergman is the Assistant Professor of Economics and Education for the Teachers College at Columbia University and Co-Chair of the Education Technology Initiative at J-PAL. With numerous published and working papers on student engagement, parental involvement, leveraging technology and other development impact topics, Mr. Bergman is a leading authority in research focused on field experiments designed to improve financial and educational outcomes for low-income families. Bergman’s research has involved field experiments providing translated text messages to families about their child’s academic progress, for which he won the Distinguished CESifo Affiliate Award. His current interests in higher education include studying the returns to STEM-related degrees, testing strategies to improve take-up of education-related tax-benefits, and assessing the effects of these benefits on student outcomes. He is also an affiliate of the Center for the Analysis of Postsecondary Readiness (CAPR).

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