PowerSchool Acquires Haiku Learning to Create Industry’s First Unified Classroom Experience for K-12 Teachers, Students, and Parents

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Adding a learning management system to PowerSchool’s suite of solutions—student information system, special education, assessment, and analytics—enables PowerSchool to bridge the education gap in K-12 schools by connecting everyone on one comprehensive platform.



As we steadily approach our one-year anniversary as a stand-alone company, I want to share exciting news with you about the investments we are making to now offer the industry’s first Unified Classroom experience to your schools.

We are excited to announce that we have acquired Haiku Learning, leading provider of an innovative cloud-based learning management system (LMS) and classroom collaboration solution designed to meet the needs of K-12 educators. With this acquisition, PowerSchool has invested over $100 million within the past six months to implement the K-12 education industry’s first unified classroom platform.

A recent survey taken by K-12 teachers shows that nearly 97% agreed that “having all of my classroom applications—such as grading, attendance, learning management, and assessment data—unified in one place would save me time and allow me to spend more time teaching students.”

This statistic reveals a vital need for a technology shift in the classroom. Tying data together from disparate systems is a daily hurdle teachers encounter by logging into different systems to manage instruction, which ultimately takes time away from teaching and learning.

The acquisition of Haiku Learning, an innovative learning management system, completes PowerSchool’s mission to deliver a classroom entirely unified by technology. Driving student growth and success by maximizing efficient collaboration between families, educators, and students is a vision PowerSchool conceptualized and achieved. The addition of a learning management system to PowerSchool’s suite of solutions—student information system, special education, assessment, and analytics—brings the industry’s first solution that provides all of the information and tools teachers and students need to manage instruction and collaboration in one unified platform. PowerSchool Unified Classroom is designed to facilitate instructional processes so that teachers can digitally deliver rich content with embedded lessons and interact in real-time with students in the classroom. The system simplifies the task of running both classrooms and schools to let educators spend more time teaching and less time managing assignments, tracking down homework, and grading papers.

The PowerSchool unified classroom platform provides educators with a wide range of capabilities.

  • Comprehensive best-in-class single platform for all teaching and learning activities – a full-featured platform that meets the need for administrators to power school operations and for teachers to provide blended collaborated learning and manage compliance for district, state, and federal requirements.

  • Unified engaging experience for teachers and students – one unified system and user experience of record and engagement where all student, school, and instructional information is managed and accessed from one portal on any device.

  • Designed specifically for K-12 – provides unique K-12-specific visual, interactive, engaging, personalized, and collaborative capabilities to manage lesson plans, curriculum, interactive web pages, discussions, and more in a few simple clicks.

  • Enables blended and digital personalized learning - intuitive delivery of digital instruction and learning embedded content from personal teaching artifacts, district resources and curriculum, standards, 3rd party content providers, and open education resources, such as YouTube, Google Docs, Skype, and dozens of other services.

  • Enables collaboration and communication across teachers, students, and parents – streamlined communication with internal messaging system completely secure and spam-free; all collaboration required, such as reminders, announcements, assignments, grades, and progress are shared via portal, text, or email to students and parents. Also allows for social collaborative learning with tools like WikiProjects.

  • Insights to drive student growth and improve learning outcomes - provides all stakeholders, educators, students, and families with a holistic view of a student’s academic performance and all school-related information in one portal.

  • Quick rollout and lower total cost of ownership – Districts and schools save significantly on the technology budget by leveraging a unified platform, eliminating the need to maintain, integrate, and report across multiple systems. Solution rollout and training for teachers and administrators is faster with wider adoption and impact.

The adoption rate of Haiku Learning is greater than 70 percent, compared to 36 percent of K-12 teachers who use other learning management systems in the market. Haiku Learning’s user-friendly interface successfully facilitates instructional processes enabling teachers to digitally deliver rich content with embedded lessons and interact in real-time with students in the classroom.

Adding a learning management system to PowerSchool’s suite of solutions—student information system, special education, assessment, and analytics—enables PowerSchool to bridge the education gap in K-12 schools by connecting everyone on one comprehensive platform.

I encourage you to sign up for our webinar about the unified classroom to learn more.

With the acquisition of Haiku Learning, PowerSchool adds more than 3 million users across six continents while continuing to support learning and outcomes for more than 20 million students—or more than one-third of the total students—in the U.S. and Canada. We have also grown to over 750 strong team members focused on providing technology solutions and service to improve the K-12 education experience.

We appreciate your continuous collaboration and support and look forward to serving you in the years to come. We support the #1 largest community of K-12 education and your participation and feedback is key for us to continue to innovate and provide superior customer experience. Please reach out to us if you have any additional questions or feedback.

Regards,

Hardeep Gulati
Chief Executive Officer
PowerSchool Group LLC



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