Press Releases - PresenceLearning

Offering includes professional development training on teletherapy best practices, access to the leading teletherapy platform specifically built for K-12 students with special needs, parent resources, and technical support during school hours NEW YORK, March 16, 2020 – As the need for social distancing is prompting extended school closures across the country, schools need to find new ways to connect with students online.  Continuity is especially important for students who receive special education-related services. The Department of Education confirmed on March 13 that if a school continues to provide educational opportunities to the general student population during a school closure, the school must ensure that students with disabilities also have equal access to the same opportunities, including special education-related services. PresenceLearning, the leading provider of live…

Texas’ second largest school district turns to teletherapy as innovative solution to address shortage of onsite speech-language pathologists NEW YORK, March 11, 2020 – Dallas Independent School District (ISD), the second largest school district in Texas which serves approximately 153,000 students, recently partnered with PresenceLearning, Inc., the leading provider of live online special education-related services to K-12 schools, to provide online speech-language therapy services to its students. Using the company’s award-winning, proprietary platform and network of certified clinicians, the district will provide support services for 515 elementary and secondary students across 30 campuses in the district through teletherapy.    “Due to the nationwide shortage of licensed speech-language pathologists, we needed to find new and innovative ways to ensure our students would receive necessary services and that…

Leading provider of live online special education-related services recognized in the Best Assistive Technology App or Tool category NEW YORK, September 12, 2019 – PresenceLearning, Inc., the leading provider of live online special education-related services to K-12 schools, won the Tech Edvocate Award for Best Assistive Technology App or Tool. The company’s proprietary therapy platform was recognized for its integration of traditional therapy materials, such as assessments, class assignments, games, and more, with a unique video conferencing experience that enables clinicians to work with students in any location. “Our platform is the catalyst for clinicians to provide remote special education services. It offers a way to conduct secure, live, online sessions and students react positively to the technology,” said Cole Dudley, VP of Product. “This recognition speaks to the work we have done to make sure clinicians and students have the best possible experience.” PresenceLearning is currently celebrating its 10-year anniversary and has delivered more than 2 million therapy sessions while partnering with hundreds of schools and districts nationwide to help them increase their impact and serve more students with special needs. Its online therapy solution is increasing access to special education service providers and enabling schools to better utilize…

Leading provider of live online special education-related services surpasses two million therapy sessions delivered and celebrates 10 years serving K-12 students NEW YORK, August 19, 2019 – PresenceLearning, Inc., the leading provider of live online special education-related services to K-12 schools, has now delivered more than two million therapy sessions. This milestone comes as the company celebrates its 10-year anniversary during which it has partnered with hundreds of schools and districts nationwide to help them increase their impact and serve more students with special needs. “Our school partners, like us, want to maximize the potential of students with special needs by ensuring that they receive all required support services. By working with PresenceLearning to deliver therapy sessions and support their onsite special education departments, they…

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…

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