By Veronica C. Yunes and Ronnie Zamora
Vendor Committee Co-Chairs
With the 2014 TSPRA Annual Conference right around the corner, fellow Vendor Committee co-chair Ronnie Zamora and I wanted to remind our fellow members about the importance of visiting the various vendors who will be joining us.
More than 30 vendors will be participating at the conference, the most in TSPRA history! This year's vendors range from architects to web developers, customer service providers to video producers, and among them offer every type of communication tool and foundation support program your district needs to succeed.
We encourage you to approach these vendors early in your time at the Omni Southpark in Austin to maximize opportunities and receive more information on their services. There will also be incentives to conference attendees who visit them.
The list is as follows:
Advocare – is an American premier health and wellness company that offers quality nutrition, weight-loss, energy, and sports performance products. Contact: Laine Horton. More information can be found at www.advocare.com/130545103.
Blackboard, Inc. - offers K-12 schools and districts a central online hub of teaching, learning and community development to enhance academic performance. Contact: Allison Danes. More information can be found at www.blackboard.com/k12.
Certified Public Communicator Program at TCU - for public-sector professionals who want to study theory and practice, then create a three-year communication plan in this graduate-level residential program (one week in 2014 and 2015) while working with TCU strategic communication professors. Contact: Jacqueline Lambiase, Ph.D. More information can be found at www.certifiedpubliccommunicator.org.
CrisisGo - is a mobile emergency app that helps administrators and staff members respond more effectively during a crisis. The app provides audible alerts, notifications, evacuation maps, checklists for each type of crisis, emergency contacts and video capabilities. Contact: Rebecca Renshaw. More information can be found at www.crisisgo.com.
e-Chalk - is a K-12 software platform used by more than 1 million students, teachers and parents nationwide to manage communication and instruction. Contact: Gina Magaruh. More information can be found at www.echalk.com.
Edlio - is a company that specializes in a web-based solution for school and district websites nationwide. Contact: Mike Alfultis. More information can be found at www.edlio.com.
EF Pages - is the first free publication dedicated to Education Foundations. Our free booklets market your Foundation and earn you income. Contact: Jeff Levy. More information can be found at www.EFpages.com.
Elementary Schoolmate, Inc. - is the benchmark publisher of complimentary, custom, full-color take-home folders to elementary schools and approved school-year calendars for Texas school districts, serving more than 200 elementary schools and districts in the Central North Texas area. Contact: Rick Hill. More information can be found at www.elementaryschoolmate.com.
Engage Community Engagement Services - is an online subscription service that assists districts in complying with the community and student engagement evaluation that is now required by HB 5. Contact: Marie Jones. More information can be round at engage.tasb.org.
EST Group, LLC - Looking to build a native mobile app that can be integrated into your existing systems for your district? EST Group we build an app for your school district. Contact: Mark Hanna. More information can be found at www.est-grp.com/component/content/article/112-lighthouse.
Friends of Texas Public Schools - Celebrate what’s right with our schools, leading the charge to strengthen public confidence in public education. Contact: Scott Milder. More information can be found at their website at www.fotps.org.
K12 Insight - is the category leader in helping school leaders build trust with all stakeholders by building a culture of superior customer service and leading by listening. K12 Insight helps school districts create and implement a strategy to meet the communication challenges brought on by social media. Contact: Jesse Leib. More information can be found at www.k12insight.com.
Living Tree - is built by parents for parents, to connect all the people who work together to raise and teach our kids in one safe place. Contact: Joni Carswell. More information can be found at www.livingtree.com.
News for My School - Help generate revenue for your district by utilizing the communication tools already established by your organization to raise funds for your district’s students and programs. Contact: Thomas Evans. More information can be found at www.newsformyschool.com.
Peachjar - is an innovative flyer management system that posts eflyers online and emails them directly to parents’ inboxes. Contact: Joe Farrage. More information can be found at www.peachjar.com.
The Print Center @ Region 4 - “Official Printer of TSPRA” offers districts more than 300 years of combined expertise, high-quality materials and the latest in printing technology. Contact: Barbara Hannah. More information can be found at region4printcenter.com.
Randolph Brooks Federal Credit Union - is proud to support TSPRA and its members. As part of our commitment, TSPRA members are eligible to join RBFCU and have access to all our products and services. Contact: Mark Matthews. More information can be found at www.rbfcu.org.
Relatrix Corporation - leader in online Contact Center Solutions. Going beyond basic notification we also provide eNews and social media services for schools and district departments, while our engagement modules build support with volunteers and partner organizations in your community. Contact: Jaime Borger. More information can be found at at www.relatrix.com.
RUSHWORKS - Provides low-cost, high-performance television production and automation systems for broadcast, houses of worship, cable, government, education, public access, event venues and digital signage. Contact: Rush Beesley. More information can be found at their website at www.rushworks.tv
School Maps Online - organization delivers dynamic maps that show zones of attendance, color-coded boundaries, school information, directions and more. Save time and money and increase the value of your website. Contact person Curtis Buyrn. More information can be found at www.schoolmapsonline.com.
SchoolMessenger - the leading provider of communication solutions for education. Since 1999, thousands of school districts, universities and other educational facilities in all 50 states have depended on the company’s innovative solutions, including the School Messenger notification service, the Talk About It anonymous communication solution and the new Custom Mobile Apps service. Contact: Sujin Chai. More information can be found at www.schoolmessenger.com.
School Office Pro - is a Dallas-based company founded for the express purpose of removing paper from the school registration process. We are committed to reducing or even eliminating printing, handling, and data entry costs associated with the first day packets in a secure and reliable manner. Contact is Maddox Womble. More information can be found at www.schoolofficepro.com.
School-Pons - providing your district with access to coupons for local businesses while generating revenue for your district’s students and programs – it’s coupons for your district. Contact: Thomas Evans. More information can be found at www.school-pons.com.
SchoolReach - enhance your emergency response plan, improve parental involvement, increase attendance and more with SchoolReach. Provide students a two-way anonymous texting solution with the CyberBully Hotline. Contact: Jeff Jennings. More information can be found at www.schoolreach.com.
School Spirit Pays, Inc. - creates unlimited and unrestricted monthly recurring revenue for education foundations. Contact: David McKay. More information can be found at www.schoolspiritpays.com.
Schoolwires, Inc. - is a website and content management system that brings together all your essential technologies, tools and information in one place where students, teachers and parents can come together to achieve digital success. Contact: Robert Lopez. More information can be found at www.schoolwires.com.
SHW Group – is considered one of the nation’s leading educational architects, designing school environments that inspire, support and promote the discovery and exchange of knowledge. Also boast a 92% bond election success rate over the last decade. Contact: Scott Milder. More information can be found at www.shwgroup.com.
Simplified Online Communications System (SOCS) - provides easy websites and leading-edge online communications tools that save both time and money for nonprofit organizations. Contact: Jerry Martin. More information can be found at www.socs.net.
Swagit Productions, LLC - Specializes in providing hands-free video streaming and broadcast solutions to school districts. Contact: Michael Osuna. More information can be found at www.swagit.com.
Teacher Heaven, Inc. – offers education supplies for early childhood education through high school. Locations in Austin, Houston and Lubbock as well as online. Contact: Sheila Shoff. More information can be found at www.teacherheaven.com.
3D-ED – creates a culture of caring by improving customer service and involvement and bridges the gap between safety, behavioral support, academic success and community engagement. Contact: Julie Abbott. More information can be found at www.3d-ed.com.
WillowTree Apps – assists clients in developing strategies, designs and software for mobile devices across iOS, Android, Windows Phone and Mobile Web. Contact: Jessica Baines. More information can be found at www.willowtreeapps.com.