Kickboard Announces it is Making Free Starter Accounts Available to Teachers

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					Kickboard Announces it is Making Free Starter Accounts Available to
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  Kickboard helps schools and districts establish a performance-based, collaborative culture

New Orleans, Louisiana, November 27, 2012 - Kickboard, a school analytics platform that goes
beyond the gradebook and enables educators to create comprehensive student performance
profiles, announced today that it is making free “Starter Accounts” available to teachers.
Any K-12 educator or teams of up to three teachers at a school can now start using Kickboard in
and across their classrooms at no charge.

Teachers in nearly 200 schools across 20 states are already using Kickboard to collect, analyze
and share mission-critical data, including multiple assessments, standards mastery, reading
growth, 21st century skills, parent communication and, most uniquely, student behavior and
character strengths. Kickboard keeps track of performance through one-click behavior data
capture, easy-to-read charts and graphs and immediate student performance reporting via
customizable progress reports. The starter accounts provide much of the same features and
functionality as Kickboard’s school-wide platform.

Melinda Snover is a teacher and data coach who has been implementing Kickboard across Stella
Worley Middle School in New Orleans this year. She says Kickboard helps her teachers share
information across classrooms, pinpoint how to individualize their instruction, and identify
success. “We’re celebrating the fact that we are changing. We are collaborating, our classrooms
are totally different, our teaching is so targeted and focused, and our mastery is higher.”

A vision of this kind of cross-classroom collaboration inspired CEO and founder Jennifer Medbery
to create Kickboard. A former teacher, Medbery saw the need to share both academic
achievement and student behavior data and also easily analyze that information and make it
actionable.

Kickboard seeks to eliminate common barriers to creating a data-driven culture, for example the
feeling of being swamped with data without a single platform to compile and share it. Kickboard is
that single, secure solution that can help teacher-leaders and district administrators simply and
quickly establish and maintain a performance-based culture across a school. The platform can be
deployed in a single classroom or across an entire district and is a flexible tool that fosters a
transparent, collaborative, growth-minded environment. Teachers have found that it creates a
school culture where expectations are clearly set, measured and maintained through collaboration
between teachers, administrators and parents.

“After hearing about the experience of their friends and colleagues at Kickboard schools, teachers
have been requesting a way to use the platform without having to wait for school-wide adoption,”
said Medbery. “We’re launching the Starter Accounts in an effort to give these teachers and other
innovative, results-driven educators grounds-up, immediate access to Kickboard so now they too
can support data-driven teaching, facilitate collaboration and advance a culture of performance at
their school. Teachers need every available tool at their disposal to increase student success and
improve outcomes.”

Starter Account sign-up is a quick and simple process. Individual teachers can begin to use
Kickboard immediately with up to 150 students across their classroom or in teams of up to three
teachers (total participation per school is limited to three teachers). The platform is designed to
support a performance-based culture across an entire school or district, and premium, customized
features are available with a software upgrade. To claim their free Kickboard starter account,
teachers should visit: http://www.kickboardforteachers.com/signup

For educators who want to learn more, Medbery will be hosting two live tutorials on Thursday,
November 29 at 2:30 EST and 4:30 EST. This is an opportunity for teachers who have already
signed up for the Starter Accounts to learn how to optimize its use. The sessions will also help
those unfamiliar with Kickboard get a tour of the platform and develop a better understanding of
how it can help establish a performance-based culture. To register for one of the tutorials, visit:
http://kickboardforteachers.com//webinar

About Kickboard;
Kickboard is a school analytics platform that goes beyond the gradebook and enables teachers to
collect, analyze and share critical data, including multiple assessments, standards mastery,
reading growth and, most uniquely, student behavior and character strengths. The platform is
built by educators for educators and offers a simple yet powerful web-based dashboard to
increase the real-time visibility of student performance across classrooms. Unlike traditional
gradebooks, Kickboard tracks whole student performance and features traditional and standards-
based grading, one-click behavior data capture, easy to read charts and graphs and immediate
student performance reporting, including customizable, painless report cards. The platform
advances a school’s performance-driven culture by setting and measuring school expectations and
norms and facilitating collaboration between teachers, administrators and parents. Delivered as an
on-demand solution, Kickboard can easily be integrated with a school’s SIS, and deployed in a
single classroom or across an entire district. For more information, visit
kickboardforteachers.com.

Contact:
Kristina Saccone
Communications Strategy Group
3225 East 2nd Avenue
Denver, Colo., 80206
303-433-7020
ksaccone@csg-pr.com
http://www.csg-pr.com

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