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  • AllHere Named a Winner in the Tech & Learning Awards of Excellence: Best of 2023

    Company wins in the Secondary Education category for its powerful AI-powered solutions to support family engagement, student attendance and academic success Boston, MA (February 14, 2024) – AllHere has been named a winner in the Tech & Learning Awards of Excellence: Best of 2023 for its innovative platform which leverages the power of AI to support family engagement, student attendance, and academic success. AllHere won in the Secondary Education category, which recognizes products used in grades 7-12. “We are honored to be recognized by Tech & Learning for our pioneering work to create innovative AI-powered solutions that support families and students,” said AllHere Founder and CEO Joanna Smith-Griffin. “Our approach is responsible and is grounded in research. We look forward to expanding our impact this year.” The Tech & Learning Awards of Excellence: Best of 2023 recognizes educational technology that exceptionally supported teachers and students in 2023. In their comments, the judges noted that “This product uses AI chatbots to personalize communication in school communities.” “2023 will surely be remembered as ‘the year of AI,’ but there were plenty of examples of products that integrated a variety of innovative technology to help to improve teaching and learning,” said Christine Weiser, Content Director for Tech & Learning in a statement announcing the winners. “Congratulations to the … winners for supporting innovation in schools.” AllHere is a Harvard Innovation Labs venture and leading developer of AI-powered applications for school districts. Its award-winning solutions are built by educators and independently proven to positively impact stakeholder communication, family engagement, and student success. AllHere’s products include an  AI-Based Text Messaging tool that is designed to improve school attendance and foster students’ academic success and personal growth, utilizing a real-time, two-way texting solution that engages families through proactive messaging in their preferred language. Most recently, through a public-private partnership with one of the nation’s largest school districts, AllHere also created a learning acceleration platform which provides each student and their family with a customized roadmap designed to empower students in their educational journey in a way that aligns with their unique learning needs and aspirations, including recommending activities to support those needs. AllHere is used by more than 9,000 schools across 35 states to guide more than four million students and families through their K-12 educational journey using AI-powered communications. Its profile in the edtech industry has earned recognition from the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) for responsible implementation of AI in education. For a full list of winners of the Tech & Learning Awards of Excellence: Best of 2023, visit https://www.techlearning.com/news/tech-and-learning-announces-the-winners-of-its-best-for-2023-contest. About AllHere AllHere combines conversational AI, behavioral science, and interactive nudges to foster attendance, learning, and engagement in K-12 education, while guiding students and families through school with research-based support. Its adaptive, evidence-based systems save teachers time so that staff can focus their time on their most meaningful work. For more information, visit AllHere.com.

  • AllHere’s Innovative AI Platform for Schools Earns Recognition from SIIA

    AllHere featured in SIIA’s new “Principles for the Future of AI in Education” framework Boston (November 9, 2023) — AllHere, the leading provider of 24/7 AI-powered family support tool designed to improve attendance and academics, was recently highlighted by the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) for its responsible implementation of AI in education. AllHere is among two case studies featured by SIIA in its Principles for the Future of AI in Education framework and web page, which were announced October 24, 2023 during an event on Capitol Hill. The event also included a panel discussion with AllHere Executive Director Joanna Smith-Griffin and other industry executives. “AI is still an emerging field and it is important to be proactive about ensuring AI tools for schools are effective and safe,” said Smith-Griffin. “We are pleased to be highlighted by SIIA as an example of a responsible AI implementation and I was personally honored to be able to participate in SIIA’s panel discussion to delve into this issue more deeply. We look forward to continuing to expand our work in schools and move the conversation forward about using AI in education to support student learning.” AllHere provides schools with 24/7 AI-based text messaging and a personalized learning plan to help improve students’ attendance and support their academic success. Its AI-Based Text Messaging tool engages students and families through proactive two-way messaging in their preferred language. Its Personalized Learning Plan offers each student and their family a customized roadmap designed to empower students in their educational journey in a way that aligns with their unique learning needs and aspirations. SIIA’s Principles for the Future of AI in Education is a “framework intended to guide the ed tech industry’s implementation of artificial intelligence in a purpose-driven, transparent, and equitable manner that enables critical tools for personalized and enhanced learning experiences and improved assistive technologies.” In the AllHere case study, SIIA highlights the company for meeting the SIIA principles. It notes AllHere’s work in researching and consulting with stakeholders and others to identify potential risks, concerns and benefits of its products, as well as for being proactive about protecting student data, and for designing and using its algorithms and systems in an equitable and evidence-based way. For more on SIIA’s Principles for the Future of AI in Education, visit https://edtechprinciples.com. To read the AllHere case study, visit https://edtechprinciples.com/case-studies/. About AllHere AllHere combines conversational AI, behavioral science, and interactive nudges to foster attendance and engagement in K-12 education. It automates personalized, two-way text messaging with chatbots to improve attendance rates and guide students and families through school. Its adaptive, evidence-based system provides 24/7 support so that teachers and staff can focus their time on the most meaningful interactions. For more information, visit AllHere.com. ###

  • AllHere Joins Industry Commitment to Responsible AI Development in Educational Technology

    AllHere, the leading company providing proven solutions to engage families in their children's learning through innovative communication tools, this week joined the Software & Information Industry Association in announcing an industry-wide commitment to principles ensuring the responsible development and use of Artificial Intelligence in educational technology. SIIA's recently published principles underscore AI's "vast promise to enhance a learner's educational experience, an educator's career, or a parent's involvement." AllHere is among 10 industry-leading companies that serve on SIIA's AI in Education Steering Committee, which developed and endorsed the industry principles. These principles are closely aligned with AllHere's previously published approach on the responsible use of AI in fostering family engagement and student achievement. Joanna Smith-Griffin, Founder & CEO at AllHere, emphasized the significance of these principles at the panel at the event. By endorsing SIIA's principles, AllHere reaffirms its commitment to fostering innovation in educational technology underscored by trust, impact, and equity. This also extends to being dedicated to privacy that respects and benefits students and educators. As educational technology continues to evolve, AllHere will remain at the forefront of educational innovation, working in collaboration with organizations like SIIA to ensure responsible innovation and positive impacts to the future of education. More information about the principles and a case study featuring AllHere's exemplification of them are here: https://edtechprinciples.com.

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  • Research & Science | Allhere

    Research and Science: The Foundation of Solutions AllHere is steadfast in its commitment to incorporating well-accepted research into innovative solutions. An extensive body of research about effective ways to improve success and attendance and how people communicate drives every aspect of design and development of solutions. The following information and publications summarize the frameworks that propel outcomes for students, families and schools. They also detail how we carefully translate critical research into solutions. IES Research on Texting Can Texting Parents Improve Attendance in Elementary School? A Test of an Adaptive Messaging Strategy to Improve Student Participation at Scale. Full research documentation included. Read Research Pape r > Dr. Peter Bergman Research Parent-Child Information Frictions and Human Capital Investment: Evidence from a Field Experiment. Peter Bergman's paper studies information frictions between parents and their children, and how these affect human capital investments. Read Research Paper Dr. Peter Bergman Research Leveraging Parents through Low-Cost Technology: The Impact of High-Frequency Information on Student Achievement. Peter Bergman is an assitant professor at Columbia University and Eric W. Chan is an assistant professor at Babson College. Read Research Paper Why Mobile? Schools and districts are increasingly looking to keep up with how families communicate in today’s mobile-centric world as it can have a major impact on their continued ability to offer the students the education they want and need. It is important to acknowledge the preferred methods of communication to ensure families receive the information provided. ​ 80% of the population has a mobile phone Estimated 3,000 text messages sent every day Texting is quick, easy, accessible The graphs below show how adults use different communication channels, which mirrors the rise in mobile adoption: The Power of SMS Texts If you’re one of the 91% of adults in the U.S. who owns a cell phone, chances are that you use SMS (texts) daily. Since the 1980s, SMS has become one of the most prevalent forms of communication. More than 560 billion SMS are sent monthly all over the world. SMS messages are an easy and effective way to communicate and the data does not lie: ​ 83% of consumers open SMS messages within 90 seconds of receipt. 75% of consumers prefer SMS communications for deliveries, promotions, and surveys. SMS messages produce engagement rates 6 to 8 times higher than email. Unobtrusive Interventions to Promote Desired Behavior The Institute of Educational Sciences “Making an Impact” report speaks to the science with research data showcasing the power of nudging in increasing student attendance and success. More recently, studies by Dr. Peter Bergman of Columbia University highlight the results of nudging with SMS texting and the increase in student outcomes at scale. ​ Why does nudging work so well? To understand this one must understand that the information being communicated around a student’s education is complex while at the same time, communications from the many different school contacts are infrequent. With the promise of solutions to scale and simplified communications, schools can make these valuable nudge communications more relevant, more frequent and more consistent. The Power of Nudging in Attendance and Student Success In the first research study in LAUSD, 11% of parents did not understand an A-F grading scale 31% of parents did not know how many report cards they should get each year 57% of parents in lower-performing schools are not satisfied with the communication they receive from their child’s school New Technologies to Meet an Old Problem Presenting in a New Way Scale, relevancy, personalization and timeliness of communications via SMS texting is made possible with the use of various artificial intelligence approaches including mimicking “cognitive” functions and using machine learning algorithms. Combining these technologies results in what is called an AI Chatbot. Rather than humans sending personalized nudges and messages to families, the AI Chatbot is able to offload that communication as well as respond to questions posed to the bot. Chatbot A bot that uses human language to communicate Machine Learning Ability to learn without explicit programming Artificial Intelligence (AI) When a machine mimics "cognitive" functions An AI Chatbot can respond 24/7 to a nearly limitless number of families at once. Chatbots have the potential to provide unprecedented support in real-time – which can streamline processes like attendance, student engagement and interventions. This enables advisors and support staff to focus on students who need more hands-on and personalized support. Leveraging Parents through Low-Cost Technology: The Impact of High Frequency Information on Student Achievement The research shows that weekly, automated alerts to families about missed assignments, grades and absences positively impacted student attendance and outcomes. Read the entire Dr. Peter Bergman research paper – click here. New IES Report Shows SMS Texting Improves Attendance A new Institute of Educational Sciences report titled “Can Texting Parents Improve Attendance in Elementary School? A Test of an Adaptive Messaging Strategy” has just been published and highlights further evidence that SMS texting does improve student success and outcomes. The report is in the right column for download. Additional Evidence and Research Behind Approach The Proof – Personal contact with parents and families improves outcomes. Reported by Aft.org in 2019/20, schools with exemplar attendance recognize families as a resource to improving attendance and work to strengthen connections with them. Although this is essential, engaging with hundreds or thousands of families each school year can be time-consuming and expensive, and not all schools and districts have the resources to support this type of activity. The good news? There is new information that points to a new promise of using technology to engage families at scale. ​ Below are articles capturing details from Peter Bergman, Associate Professor of Economics and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, and Co-Chair of the Education Technology Initiative at J-PAL and his studies on engaging parents through technology to improve academic outcomes. The Background – Researchers are also testing the effect of giving parents more information about their children’s efforts in school. A school in Los Angeles, in collaboration with Peter Bergman of Columbia University, sent personalized text messages to parents of middle and high school students . ​ The Research – CNN reports: Parental Involvement Overrated ? Randomized experiments, modeled after medical clinical trials, are the “gold standard” for understanding whether a given behavior causes a change in a specific outcome. Results from these experiments suggest that involving parents is a powerful, cost-effective, and scalable way to increase student achievement in any number of settings. ​ The Results – BOLD expert reports: Engaging Parents Through Technology Improves Academic Outcomes “These findings reinforce promising evidence about how timely, actionable information can engage parents and improve student performance at a low cost.” ​ 0.23 points in GPA increase 38% reduction in course failures 17% increase in class attendance Read the entire Peter Bergman research paper – click here

  • Case Studies | Allhere

    Case Studies Insights and Case Studies from AllHere WEBINAR REPLAY: SEL & Student Mental Health Support As Essential Components for Attendance & Enrollment Recovery Tue, Mar 01 Webinar Mar 01, 2022, 7:00 PM – Mar 02, 2022, 7:00 PM Webinar Mar 01, 2022, 7:00 PM – Mar 02, 2022, 7:00 PM Webinar WEBINAR REPLAY: SEL & Student Mental Health Support Details WEBINAR REPLAY: Shifting the Landscape K-12 Attendance and Engagement Thu, Feb 03 Webinar Feb 03, 2022, 7:00 PM – Feb 04, 2022, 7:00 PM Webinar Feb 03, 2022, 7:00 PM – Feb 04, 2022, 7:00 PM Webinar For the past two years, there has been a dramatic increase in chronic absence. Details WEBINAR REPLAY: The Research Behind Effective Interventions Tue, Sep 21 Webinar Sep 21, 2021, 7:00 PM – Sep 22, 2021, 7:00 PM Webinar Sep 21, 2021, 7:00 PM – Sep 22, 2021, 7:00 PM Webinar This webinar will examine how school systems are using evidence-based “nudges” to students and their families to reduce absenteeism, improve overall student engagement, and boost readiness to engage with grade-level content. Details

  • Events | Allhere

    Events Events, live webinars and webinar recordings listed here. WEBINAR REPLAY: SEL & Student Mental Health Support As Essential Components for Attendance & Enrollment Recovery Tue, Mar 01 Webinar Mar 01, 2022, 7:00 PM – Mar 02, 2022, 7:00 PM Webinar Mar 01, 2022, 7:00 PM – Mar 02, 2022, 7:00 PM Webinar WEBINAR REPLAY: SEL & Student Mental Health Support Details WEBINAR REPLAY: Shifting the Landscape K-12 Attendance and Engagement Thu, Feb 03 Webinar Feb 03, 2022, 7:00 PM – Feb 04, 2022, 7:00 PM Webinar Feb 03, 2022, 7:00 PM – Feb 04, 2022, 7:00 PM Webinar For the past two years, there has been a dramatic increase in chronic absence. Details WEBINAR REPLAY: The Research Behind Effective Interventions Tue, Sep 21 Webinar Sep 21, 2021, 7:00 PM – Sep 22, 2021, 7:00 PM Webinar Sep 21, 2021, 7:00 PM – Sep 22, 2021, 7:00 PM Webinar This webinar will examine how school systems are using evidence-based “nudges” to students and their families to reduce absenteeism, improve overall student engagement, and boost readiness to engage with grade-level content. Details

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