Since 2014, we’ve been striving to make school safety and dismissal a truly stellar experience. Through the years, we’ve had countless ups and downs as a company with a mission. We’re empowering schools to simplify dismissal, engage parents, and keep students safe!
Today we’re going to talk about the software integration partnerships we’ve nurtured throughout this journey.
Our First SIS Partnership
We integrated with Clever in early 2019. This enabled our schools to integrate their reports and information with our system with a click of a button. Clever also helped us make safety both a top priority and a possibility for every school. This integration was a huge step forward for Pikmykid.
Clever is on a mission to unlock new ways to learn for all students. More than 65% of U.S. K-12 schools now use Clever to simplify access and improve engagement with digital learning. With our free platform for schools and a network of leading application providers, we’re committed to advancing educational equity. Clever, a Kahoot! company, has offices in San Francisco, CA and Durham, NC but you can visit us at clever.com anytime.
2020 Changed Everything
Then in 2020, everyone’s lives turned upside down, ours included. We all went from a pretty typical existence to suddenly dealing with a global pandemic. Everything changed. We all came to realize what truly mattered to us and how we can use technology to stay in touch with everyone in our lives. Through the ups and downs of 2020, the Pikmykid team saw a lot of growth and we began working hard to use it for good.
One of the first things we did to facilitate our vision of the future was to partner with Growth Street Partners. They’ve helped us tremendously to grow and facilitated countless relationships and partnerships.
The ClassLink Software Integration
In early 2021, we partnered with ClassLink. Through this software integration, we’ve made the Pikmykid onboarding process even easier for schools. And their SSO features have eliminated the hassle that logging into multiple programs can cause.
ClassLink is a leading provider of cloud-based education products that connect educators and students with their classroom, curriculum, and each other in richer, more powerful ways. As leading advocates for open data standards, we offer instant access to apps and files with single sign-on, streamline class rostering, automate account provisioning, and provide actionable analytics. ClassLink empowers 16 million students and staff in over 2,000 school systems.
As we continued to grow throughout 2021, we expanded our team – adding a new VP of Customer Success – Trevor Hewitt – Through his extensive expertise, we’ve been able to expand that entire team to meet all of your needs.
In October 2021, we announced a highly-anticipated partnership – Pikmykid + FACTS!
Our partnership with FACTS has been particularly successful and we’ve helped dozens of schools have stress-free dismissals because of it.
FACTS, a division of Nelnet, Inc. (NYSE: NNI), is located in Lincoln, Nebraska, and is committed to making educational dreams possible for families and students, as well as enhancing the financial stability and affordability of educational institutions. FACTS serves more than three million students and families at over 11,500 schools, and manages $9 billion in tuition funds annually. FACTS offers a comprehensive suite of services, including tuition management, payment processing, financial needs assessment, online application and enrollment, online payment forms, development and advancement tools, student administration software, and a learning management system. FACTS Education Solutions provides meaningful and sustainable professional development services to educators at all grade levels through online courses, custom workshops, and leadership coaching. For more information, visit FACTSmgt.com.
Our Software Integration with Central Access
In January 2022, we announced our Partnership with Central Access in Mississippi.
This partnership led to a week-long roadshow across Mississippi with several members of the Pikmykid team. Along the way, we had great conversations and got to share our vision of safe schools with dozens of principals across the entire state!
Founded in 1954 by L.B. “Foots” Martin, Central Access Corporation (CAC) has transitioned from a school supply and equipment company into a software development and support company serving the majority of Mississippi’s public schools. CEO, Jim Milam, says the company now serves 134 of the 150 school districts with either one or both of its software solutions for accounting and student information. Over 320,000 students in MS are enrolled in CAC’s SAM Student Information System that keeps daily attendance, gradebook, and all student history until the student graduates.
Skyward and PowerSchool
At the end of February 2022, we finished setting up our partnerships with Skyward and PowerSchool.
Partnering with Skyward has been absolutely amazing! We’ve managed to enable dozens of schools to onboard with Pikmykid in a fraction of the time.
We also attended Skyward’s Conference ‘iCon’ in Saint Petersburg Florida in March 2022! It was truly an honor to be there and talk to hundreds of school staff members about the safety and dismissal issues they face and how we can help.
Skyward’s administrative software solutions are used by more than 2,000 public sector organizations worldwide, from small entities to statewide implementations. Since 1980, Skyward has remained committed to a better experience for every user. To learn more, visit www.skyward.com.
At PowerSchool, we believe in the simple truth that every student deserves the best opportunities in life. That’s why our mission is to power the education ecosystem with unified technology that helps educators and students realize their potential, in their way.
Upcoming Software Integration Partnerships.
In the coming months, we will be finishing our software integrations with GradeLink and Blackbaud and we cannot wait to announce that they’re finished and you can start using them to keep track of your Pikmykid information!
Through partnering with Gradelink, we aim to make onboarding your student information as simple as possible.
GradeLink – Help your school save time, increase enrollment, and achieve its mission with Gradelink. An award-winning student information system and school management system, Gradelink is suitable for pre-K up to college-level schools. It combines management, teaching, and learning tools to help schools perform their best. Top features include attendance management, report cards, classes and scheduling, communications, student information, and student/parent access.
Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB) is the world’s leading cloud software company powering social good. Serving the entire social good community—nonprofits, higher education institutions, K–12 schools, healthcare organizations, faith communities, arts and cultural organizations, foundations, companies and individual change agents—Blackbaud connects and empowers organizations to increase their impact through cloud software, services, expertise and data intelligence. The Blackbaud portfolio is tailored to the unique needs of vertical markets, with solutions for fundraising and CRM, marketing, advocacy, peer-to-peer fundraising, corporate social responsibility (CSR) and environmental, social and governance (ESG), school management, ticketing, grantmaking, financial management, payment processing and analytics. Serving the industry for more than four decades, Blackbaud is a remote-first company headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina, with operations in the United States, Australia, Canada, Costa Rica and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit www.blackbaud.com
How do these help our Schools?
We’ve made all of these partnerships with one goal in mind – making it easier for schools to keep students safe. Below we’ve compiled a few tables that go over how each of these partnerships help our schools!
Each of these software integrations enables you to Roster Data, Have Single Sign-On (SSO), Manage Custom Credentials, have an easier onboarding process, and they’re Kidio School Safety Compatible!
They each also enable you to manage all of your information! Student information, Parent information, Staff information, and a nightly sync!
If you’d like to work with Pikmykid and one of these partners, click here to schedule a demo with one of our knowledgeable account executives.
That’s all for now. We’re always working to improve our platform through software integrations and partner with even more wonderful software that you already use. Do you know another one that we should partner and integrate with next?