EL and NJASA partner to provide parents and students with necessary tools to navigate new and old issues alike in the digital space.
MORRISTOWN, NJ October 8, 2017 — The New Jersey Association of School Administrators (NJASA) recently featured its partnership with Evolution Labs in its online publication, OnTarget.
NJASA has partnered with Evolution Labs to bring its Suite360 platform to students and parents in districts across the state of New Jersey. Under the partnership, NJASA will provide guidance to help shape the platform to meet the specific needs of its member districts, while Evolution Labs’ research and editorial teams work to develop new content that addresses the distinct needs of individual districts across the state.
Built on an “immersive-engagement” model, the program delivers users highly interactive content, including robust, professionally-developed short topics, videos, “heuristic” learning modules and self-tests, pre- and post-assessments, surveys and other programming, delivered throughout the year in timely intervals that parallel the real-life issues students (and parents) face throughout the school calendar. The platform deploys each topic and lesson via custom websites, mobile web apps with push notifications, SMS and email, depending on the preferences of each user and school. The platform enables individual districts and schools to determine the topics and emphasis appropriate for their communities. In addition, it lets them designate which topics appear as “required” or “elective,” using sophisticated tracking as well as pre- and post-tests to determine the extent to which students (and parents) engage and absorb the material.
Dr. Richard G. Bozza, Executive Director of the NJASA, formalized the partnership last year. “Our role in advancing this platform will help further position New Jersey K-12 schools as leaders in addressing social and emotional learning issues through the use of innovative technologies,” said Dr. Bozza. “One of the benefits of Suite360 is the breadth of content it delivers and its ability to meet the ever-changing landscape of issues students and parents face today, enabling us to be proactive rather than reactive as the pressures facing K-12 families evolve.”
According to the Cyberbullying Research Center, at least 34% of today’s teens report being victims of cyberbullying, with many other studies suggesting the percentage to be as much as one-half. Cyberbullying is no longer a novel threat that makes headlines now and then. It is a de facto part of student life. Evolution labs has found a way to harness some of the power of these web and mobile apps to give students the tools to help them navigate a whole range of new – and not so new – issues, from cyberbullying to anger management to character development to college admissions stress. Also available on-demand throughout the school year, the platform includes a library of topics in areas such as:
- Mental Health issues
- Social Media (pressures and responsible use)
- Bystander intervention
- Nutrition and Wellness
- Stress Management
- Community Service
- Time Management
- Sexual Misconduct
- Academic Success
- Drug and Alcohol use
The content aligns with the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) and its five core competencies: self-awareness, self-management, responsible decision-making, relationship skills and social awareness. In addition, the platform includes a separate track known as ISS360, the first web/mobile tool to support the suspension and detention process with a focus on active intervention and restorative justice.
In addition to working with many of the leading-edge K-12 schools around the country, Evolution Labs has also worked with some of the nation’s leading colleges and universities. Covering topics ranging from athletics hazing to time management, the programs have helped schools such as the University of Maryland, Texas Christian University and Virginia Commonwealth University. Evolution Labs is now bringing these advanced techniques to the world of K-12, and as a New Jersey-born and based company, the team is extremely excited to see New Jersey schools among the first in the nation to launch this dynamic new platform.
The mission of the New Jersey Association of School Administrators, the unifying professional association of school leaders, is to ensure a superior statewide system of education by influencing and effecting educational policy, regulations and legislation; and by maximizing the capacity and effectiveness of school leaders through professional development programs and support services.
About Evolution Labs
Evolution Labs is changing the way students engage with schools and the way schools engage students. Its proprietary software platforms help schools recruit, enroll and retain students, as well as their parents (driving inquiries, apps, yield and retention). The company’s solutions provide institutions with technology and a highly immersive content experience to better connect with students while driving more successful educational outcomes. The team at Evolution Labs has served the educational sector for over 20 years, making meaningful connections with millions of students, parents, administrators, faculty and staff. To learn more or schedule a presentation, contact Evolution Labs at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.evpco.com.