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CEO Kate Eberle Walker assembles gender-balanced team to take the company forward NEW YORK, May 21, 2019 – PresenceLearning, Inc., the leading provider of live online special education-related services to K-12 schools, has added four new members to its leadership team. The company’s new CFO, COO, CTO, and VP of Marketing & Communications complete the formation of a gender-balanced team of education industry leaders as the company positions itself for growth. “It was important to me to be deliberate in building a representative leadership team at PresenceLearning to reflect the gender mix that we have in our employees, school partners, and therapists. Gender-balanced leadership provides a culture of relatability and representation, with diverse role models to support the development of our employees,” said CEO Kate Eberle Walker. CFO Anthony Pane is an accomplished finance leader with experience at both publicly-traded and privately-held companies across diverse industries. He started his career at Big 4 accounting firms, Ernst & Young and PricewatershouseCoopers. Anthony has served as CFO of The Princeton Review; Head of Finance for FX Alliance, which was acquired by Thomson Reuters; and CFO of Sybari Software, which was acquired by Microsoft. COO Cecilia Retelle Zywicki is a proven education leader…

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–PresenceLearning, the leading provider of live online special education-related services to K-12 schools, named Kate Eberle Walker as CEO. Walker was most recently CEO of The Princeton Review, a leading provider of tutoring, test preparation and college admissions services. Walker has more than 20 years of experience leading, advising, acquiring and investing in education companies. As CEO of The Princeton Review and its subsidiary Tutor.com, she built a scaled organization that leveraged technology to deliver high quality educational outcomes for students. Prior to that, Walker managed M&A and venture investments for Kaplan, Inc., a large and diversified global education company. She actively mentors early stage EdTech companies and supports non-profit education initiatives. Walker began her career as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs and received her MBA from Harvard Business School. “On behalf of the Board, I want to thank former CEO Clay Whitehead for his many years of service. Clay and his co-founder Jack Lynch took PresenceLearning from an idea and built it into a category-leading mission-driven business that continues to have incredible, positive impact for students and clinicians,” said Brian Rich, Managing Partner at Catalyst Investors and Chairman of the Board of Directors for PresenceLearning. “Kate…

District is one of 12 winners of PresenceLearning’s annual Awards of Excellence recognizing outstanding leadership and student progress in special education SAN FRANCISCO, March 13 2018 – PresenceLearning, the leading telehealth network of live, online special education related service providers, recently named Norfolk Public Schools in Norfolk, NE as a winner of its 4th annual Awards of Excellence. The awards recognized 12 educational organizations nationwide for their outstanding organizational leadership, teamwork, and improved outcomes in helping students with special needs succeed. Norfolk Public Schools is a Class A school district in northeast Nebraska, serving approximately 4,300 K-12 students. When the district was short an SLP and was unable to fill the position for the 2016-17 school year, Mary Luhr, the district’s Director of Special Services, decided to partner with PresenceLearning to provide online speech-language therapy services. Five online SLPs began working with approximately 55 students from two of Norfolk’s elementary schools that year. “Our students are excited to attend their online therapy sessions,” said Luhr. “We were concerned with students staying on task during sessions, but they are really engaged with the online SLPs.” Now in its second year of the program, the online SLPs conduct live, ongoing direct therapy…

Live, online assessments conducted by licensed school psychologists help schools provide timely access to critical student services and evaluations SAN FRANCISCO, February 20, 2018 – PresenceLearning, the leading telehealth network of live, online special education related service providers, is announcing an addition to the research base for the equivalency of remote psychoeducational assessments featuring the Reynolds Intellectual Assessment Scales, Second Edition (RIAS-2). This research follows a 2016 independently verified study that demonstrated that live, online administration of the Woodcock-Johnson IV cognitive and achievement tests by credentialed school psychologists using our secure platform produces equivalent results to traditional, onsite administration. PresenceLearning is the only company exclusively authorized by both PAR, Inc. and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to administer the RIAS-2 and Woodcock-Johnson IV batteries online. Using PresenceLearning’s live teletherapy environment, psychoeducational assessments are administered via secure, interactive video by remote school psychologists, enabling schools to quickly and effectively conduct initial, re-evaluation, and triennial assessments. The online, remote administration of cognitive and achievement tests by school psychologists enables school districts in states with expanded eligibility requirements to more rapidly qualify students who need mental health services. “It is critical to get timely information for interventions and services so students don’t lose valuable instructional…

District is one of 12 winners of PresenceLearning’s annual Awards of Excellence recognizing outstanding leadership and student progress in special education SAN FRANCISCO, December 14, 2017 – PresenceLearning, the leading telehealth network of live, online special education related service providers, recently named Byng Public Schools in Ada, OK as a winner of its 4th annual Awards of Excellence. The awards recognized 12 educational organizations nationwide for their outstanding organizational leadership, teamwork, and improved outcomes in helping students with special needs succeed. Byng Public Schools, which covers 120 square miles of the southeastern portion of the state, turned to PresenceLearning in the 2016-17 school year as a cost-effective way to provide online occupational therapy (OT) to its students with special needs. In the initial year, occupational therapists from PresenceLearning delivered services to 35 students in grades K-10 via its secure, interactive online therapy platform. “Making the shift to online therapy has been such a positive experience,” said Sherri Coats, M.Ed., director of special services at Byng Public Schools. “The use of technology really engages students during the therapy sessions. In particular, our students with autism, who sometimes have difficulty connecting directly with people, have been benefiting from – and participating more…

For second consecutive year, district wins PresenceLearning Award of Excellence for outstanding leadership and student progress in special education SAN FRANCISCO, December 12, 2017 – PresenceLearning, the leading telehealth network of live, online special education related service providers, recently named Barstow Unified School District in Barstow, CA as a winner of its 4th annual Awards of Excellence. The awards recognized 12 educational organizations nationwide for their outstanding organizational leadership, teamwork, and improved outcomes in helping students with special needs succeed. This is the second consecutive year that the district has won this award. The district first implemented live, online speech-language therapy using the PresenceLearning network of online providers five years ago to relieve high caseloads and reduce the time its onsite speech-language pathologists (SLPs) spent traveling from school to school. In the initial year, PresenceLearning was successfully used with approximately 15 students with special needs from one elementary school, in addition to one student on home hospital. Today, PresenceLearning is being used with 140 students at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. “Throughout the years, PresenceLearning has helped an increasing number of our students make great progress on their Individual Education Programs while freeing up valuable time for our…

Service connecting schools and districts with fully-credentialed, remote school psychologists recognized in New Products category SAN FRANCISCO, November 30, 2017 – PresenceLearning, the leading telehealth network of live, online special education related service providers, was recently named a winner of the 2017 Tech & Learning Awards of Excellence for its delivery of online psychoeducational assessments. The service was recognized in the New Products category for its ability to connect schools and districts with fully-credentialed, remote school psychologists to deliver live, online psychoeducational assessments. “Psychoeducational assessments determine whether a child has a learning disability or other issue that impacts learning, explained Clay Whitehead, CEO and co-founder of PresenceLearning. “As such, they are a gateway to a child receiving the supports and services he or she needs to succeed in school. However, many school psychologists are overburdened with assessments on top of other critical responsibilities. Online psychoeducational assessments offer schools a way to make this process more efficient for everyone, and are shown to produce results equivalent to their traditional delivery.” Now in its 35th year, the Tech & Learning Awards of Excellence honors innovative applications that break new ground, as well as those that have added significant enhancements to proven education…

District is one of 12 winners of PresenceLearning’s annual Awards of Excellence recognizing outstanding leadership and student progress in special education SAN FRANCISCO, November 14, 2017 – PresenceLearning, the leading telehealth network of live, online special education related service providers, recently named Hinsdale School District in Hinsdale, NH as a winner of its 4th annual Awards of Excellence. The awards recognized 12 educational organizations nationwide for their outstanding organizational leadership, teamwork, and improved outcomes in helping students with special needs succeed. Hinsdale School District, located in southwest New Hampshire, serves 600 students in grades PreK-12. The district first partnered with PresenceLearning during the 2014-2015 school year when a part-time speech-language pathologist (SLP) it shared with a neighboring district went on maternity leave. While originally planning on using PresenceLearning for only six weeks, the district saw initial success and decided to continue using PresenceLearning’s services when its shared SLP returned from maternity leave. Today the online SLP from PresenceLearning provides ongoing therapy for 20 students, conducts evaluations and reevaluations, and participates in IEP meetings. “Our case managers, teachers and even parents have an open line of communication with our online SLP,” said Julie Fenrich, director of special services and middle/high school…

District is one of 12 winners of PresenceLearning’s annual Awards of Excellence recognizing outstanding leadership and student progress in special education SAN FRANCISCO, November 7, 2017 – PresenceLearning, the leading telehealth network of live, online special education related service providers, recently named Moses Lake School District in Moses Lake, WA as a winner of its 4th annual Awards of Excellence. The awards recognized 12 educational organizations nationwide for their outstanding organizational leadership, teamwork, and improved outcomes in helping students with special needs succeed. Moses Lake School District, which provides special education services to more than 1,100 students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), partnered with PresenceLearning at the beginning of the 2016-17 school year after it was unable to fill two vacancies for onsite certified occupational therapists. In the first year, PresenceLearning delivered online occupational therapy (OT) to 27 students in grades PreK-7 and, this year, is providing services to 35 students. “PresenceLearning has made our occupational therapy team – and the services we provide – better,” said Darcy Johnson, special service director of Moses Lake School District. “We were concerned at the onset about how parents and students would take to the services, but it’s been a really positive experience…

Schools can access nationwide network of hundreds of highly qualified clinicians to deliver timely, online clinical services to children ages 0-5 SAN FRANCISCO, November 1, 2017 – PresenceLearning, the leading telehealth network of live, online special education related service providers, recently launched online early childhood services to expand the ability of schools and districts to deliver early childhood interventions and services to children ages 0-5. With PresenceLearning, school systems and education organizations can access a nationwide network of hundreds of highly qualified clinicians – including speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, and behavioral and mental health professionals – to help deliver these timely services to young learners and to consult with their families and caregivers. “Preschool children with special needs are some of our society’s most vulnerable citizens. Early intervention with individualized therapy services from experienced professionals helps mitigate future academic and social risk. PresenceLearning offers ready access to licensed clinical professionals, helping districts, counties, and states meet their obligation to these students,” said Clay Whitehead, CEO and co-founder of PresenceLearning. “Our clinicians work collaboratively with parents and schools throughout the therapy process while helping children develop the foundational skills they need for success throughout their lives.” During the online sessions, children…

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