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Observations from a Partner

Yesterday, I sat in on the MSB Medicaid Conference in Dallas.  We were proud to be a sponsor of this ten event series across the state.  Like everything that MSB does, the meeting was fantastic—well run, informative, and collaborative.  We are truly proud to be counted as partners and friends with MSB.  In his opening remarks, Chris Meroff, the Executive Director of MSB, introduced SuccessEd and spoke of why they had asked us to be a sponsor.  I wish I had been able to jot down his words verbatim, but in essence, he said, “MSB is not making an endorsement of the SuccessEd technology—that is not our business—but rather, we are making an endorsement of their people.”  As CEO of SuccessEd, I will admit that I was initially a little taken aback by this.  As a software company, after all, our technology is pretty important to us.  But as Chris elaborated, and as I have thought about it more, I cannot think of a higher complement that he could have paid us!  Why do I say this? First of all, and most importantly, Chris said that MSB and SuccessEd share a similar heart for serving customers.  Is there higher praise than that?  MSB is certainly built around customer service.  The very existence of these Medicaid Conferences and their growing number of program specialists around the state are evidence of that.  At SuccessEd, customer care and service are our priorities too.  We are so grateful for the trust and confidence that our customers have placed in us.  It is a responsibility that our people take very seriously.  It is a relationship that our people pour ourselves into.  It is an honor that our people work diligently, [...]

By | October 21st, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

SuccessEd Partners with Pearson Education’s Review360 – Working Together for our Customers

(October 14, 2016 – Frisco, Texas) SuccessEd, the innovative software provider for educators, is proud to announce a partnership with Pearson Education, the makers of the comprehensive behavior management system, Review360. “The best partnerships are those driven by market demand and, for this reason, we are thrilled to be able to make this announcement to the shared customers of SuccessEd and Review360," says Jim Bridges, SuccessEd CEO.  “By allowing our two applications to seamlessly share data, our mutual customers will enjoy the tremendous benefits of increased efficiencies, time and cost savings, and reduced errors.  At SuccessEd, we are always looking for ways to improve the quality of life for our users and to offer more and more value to our customers in the process.  It has been a pleasure to see these same values exhibited by our friends at Review360.  In the end, it is the customer that wins,” added Bridges. “The key benefits to our customers are improved efficiencies and peace of mind,” says Shannon Naber, SuccessEd Product Manager for this integration.  She added, “Review 360 users are able to simply press a button and automatically import a student’s IEP goals from their SuccessEd application.  This not only saves them valuable time but it also allows staff to feel confident that they are using the student’s actual goals agreed upon in the ARD meeting.” “We are thrilled to add another important partner to our ecosystem of solution providers serving the kids, parents, and staff of this country,” says Bridges.  “No one vendor can do it all, and it is important for us to link arms with others, like Review 360, that are like-minded in their pursuit of delivering extraordinary customer service and exceptional value.  [...]

By | October 14th, 2016|News|0 Comments

Get Ready for Questions

I am sure that many of you have already seen the September 11, 2016 special report from the Houston Chronicle entitled, “Denied:  How Texas keeps tens of thousands of children out of special education”.  It has certainly caught the attention of many, including the U.S. Department of Education.  Last week, they responded to the report by issuing a strongly worded letter to TEA asking for an official, written response to the allegations raised. As word about this report and the TEA response spreads across the state, you may get questions from parents, staff, administrators, and board members in your district.  If there are questions that we can help you answer about your qualify rates or any other information in our systems, please let us know.  We stand ready, willing, and able to serve you as you, in turn, serve the children of your district.

By | October 13th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Sitting in the Back of the Room

I was a last row sitter in high school. Hiding behind my classmates, my daydreams were less interrupted and my mischief was harder to detect. It usually only took a couple of weeks for my teachers to tire of me and move me to the front of the classroom. While I was not technically seated on the last row yesterday, I was off to the side and out of the way at a training event we held for one of our wonderful customers in central Texas. It felt like the back of the room since I could watch and listen to all of the interaction without being in the way. Unlike most of my time in the back of a Dulles High School classroom, however, I learned quite a lot yesterday. Or more accurately I guess, I was reminded of some things I already knew. First of all, I was reminded of the importance of districts making the effort to claim the Medicaid reimbursements that are available from the government. As the director in the district was encouraging her team leaders, she said “Remember that the reason we received our raises this year was because we have this Medicaid money.” I would be hard-pressed to develop a better return-on-investment case study than that! If you are not actively seeking these reimbursement monies for your district, I strongly encourage you to consider doing so. At a time when so much focus is on cost-cutting, what a wonderful opportunity to lead this effort to bring in incremental revenues! The second thing that I was reminded of is the deep level of expertise and passion that we enjoy in the person of Shannon Naber (the artist formerly known [...]

By | June 13th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

SuccessEd Partners with YellowFolder

(May 17, 2016 – Frisco, Texas) SuccessEd, the innovative software provider for educators, is proud to announce a partnership with YellowFolder LLC, the only cloud-based paperless record management system designed exclusively for K-12 school districts. “This partnership with YellowFolder delivers important benefits for our mutual customers," says Jim Bridges, SuccessEd CEO.  “SuccessEd is always looking for opportunities to help our customers increase efficiencies and reduce potential errors in record transferral, which then provides significant time and cost savings.  We look forward to seeing our customers reap these many benefits,” added Bridges. “We are very excited about our partnership with SuccessEd because they share our Customer-First philosophy.  This partnership will help us improve efficiencies with our Special Education customers,” says Mike Nilsson, COO of YellowFolder.  “YellowFolder continues to lead the paperless records management movement in education and particularly within Special Education. For this reason, SuccessEd was the natural partner for us.  Their experience and their commitment to working with partners make them a perfect fit.  Not to mention that their headquarters are just down the road from us,” Nilsson added. The SuccessEd-YellowFolder partnership will allow districts to provide YellowFolder with the necessary data seamlessly and reduce the IT efforts necessary.  As a result, district personnel will be able to file, store and retrieve records for their Special Education students with unprecedented ease.   About SuccessEd Founded in 1994, SuccessEd is an innovative educational software provider that puts time-saving data management tools in the hands of educators. SuccessEd helps educators track compliance and services provided to students in special education, Section 504, Dyslexia, RtI, Medicaid, ELL, and behavior programs. SuccessEd combines the latest in technology with expert knowledge and experience. Use of our programs results in actionable [...]

By | May 31st, 2016|News|0 Comments

SuccessEd Partners with ESC Region 12 to Offer Section 504 Solution

(May 6, 2016 – Frisco, Texas) SuccessEd, the innovative software provider for educators, is proud to announce that Education Service Center (ESC) Region 12 has selected SE 504 as the software solution to best manage the Section 504 programs of their member districts and charter schools.  The agreement was announced on May 2, 2016. “SuccessEd is very excited to partner with ESC Region 12 on this important initiative," says Jim Bridges, SuccessEd CEO.  “Like the rest of the country, Region 12 LEAs are seeing a significant increase in the number of children requiring accommodation under Section 504.  As these numbers increase, so too do the compliance and reporting requirements.  It is exciting to see the service center take a proactive role in helping their member LEAs address these challenges.  A number of LEAs in Region 12 are already using our SE 504 product and we know that this new partnership will help even more to take advantage of the program,” added Bridges. SE 504 from SuccessEd is built upon the expertise of nationally-recognized Section 504 experts Dave Richards and Jose Martín of the Council of Educators for Students with Disabilities (CESD).  Their forms and the process they facilitate have been used nationally by thousands of districts over many years, including many in Region 12.  SuccessEd has an exclusive agreement to use these forms in an electronic version. “We could not be happier to see yet another service center partner with SuccessEd,” says Dave Richards.  “Demand for the SE 504 product is increasing dramatically across the country and it is wonderful to see ESC Region 12 step in and take a leadership role in facilitating the use of this critical solution for their member LEAs,” Richards [...]

By | May 18th, 2016|News|0 Comments

SuccessEd Partners with TestHound

Collaborating to Connect Customers (April 25, 2016 – Frisco, Texas) SuccessEd, the innovative software provider for educators, is proud to announce a partnership with Education Advanced, Inc. (EAI), the makers of the popular “TestHound” software system. “We are very pleased to be partnering with EAI," says Jim Bridges, SuccessEd CEO.  “Many of our customers are now using TestHound, and it just makes sense for our two companies to work together to better serve them.  Eli and his team have built a fabulous software solution that is helping more and more districts across Texas better coordinate their state testing. The accommodations information captured in our SuccessEd products, whether for special education, Section 504, or ELL students, is an important input to this process and we are excited about automating its inclusion for our mutual customers,” added Bridges. “We are thrilled about our partnership with SuccessEd and thrilled about the efficiencies this will provide to our mutual customers,” says Eli Crow, CEO of EAI. “TestHound has become a mission-critical tool for testing coordinators all across the state because of its proven ability to reduce testing irregularities, increase time savings, and reduce paperwork.  Integration with SuccessEd will even further enhance these benefits. The automated transfer of accommodations information will eliminate data entry errors and save valuable time by removing the need to re-key this data from SuccessEd,” Crow added.   About SuccessEd Founded in 1994, SuccessEd is an innovative educational software provider that puts time-saving data management tools in the hands of educators. SuccessEd helps educators track compliance and services provided to students in special education, Section 504, Dyslexia, RtI, Medicaid, ELL, and behavior programs. SuccessEd combines the latest in technology with expert knowledge and experience. Use of [...]

By | April 28th, 2016|News|0 Comments

The Silent Killer of Good Stewardship—Waste

Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found faithful. – I Corinthians 4:2 How many pages is the typical ARD document produced by your special education software application?  Is it always at least thirty pages?  Does it sometimes grow to more than forty pages? Does this really matter to your district?  Does this really matter to our planet? If your standard ARD paperwork is more than thirty pages long then the answer to these last two questions is a resounding “Yes!”  It matters a great deal.  The reason for this has to do with our role as stewards.  Stewards of the monies entrusted to us by the taxpayers of the state and stewards of the planet entrusted to our care. We all well understand the responsibility placed upon us to manage district finances.  I have yet to run across a district not governed by the mandate to efficiently stretch the taxpayer penny.  Sometimes, though, some of these pennies are hiding.  Sometimes, we don’t even recognize the incremental waste that goes on around us every day. For instance, let’s just say that your standard ARD document is twenty pages too long.  Not twenty pages long.  Twenty pages too long!  Unfortunately, based on what we have seen produced by some other special education software applications in the Texas market, using this assumption of at least twenty wasted pages is no exaggeration. According to The College of New Jersey (http://printing.pages.tcnj.edu/environmental-impact/), the average printed page costs between $0.06 and $0.09.  These costs are subject to a variety of different variables, of course, from the quality of the printer to the amount of graphics on the document.  For the purposes of this exercise, though, we will again err [...]

By | April 27th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

SuccessEd Partners with Region 11 to Offer Section 504 Solution

Market Leading Software teams with ESC Region 11   (February 1, 2016 – Frisco, Texas) SuccessEd, the innovative software provider for educators, is proud to announce that Education Service Center Region 11 has selected SE 504 as the software solution to best manage the Section 504 programs of their member districts and charter schools.  The award was announced on January 20, 2016. “We could not be more excited about the opportunity to partner with Region 11," says Jim Bridges, SuccessEd CEO.  “Several districts in the region were already using our SE 504 product and we look forward to serving even more with the award of this RFP.  We continue to see Section 504 numbers swell around the country and many districts and charter schools are struggling to keep up with the growing compliance and reporting needs.  It is very encouraging to see the service center step in and take a proactive role to help their members address these needs.  And what better way to help than to deliver a software solution built around the universally respected work of Dave Richards and Jose Martín?” added Bridges. SE 504 from SuccessEd is built upon the expertise of nationally-recognized Section 504 experts David Richards and Jose Martín of the Council of Educators for Students with Disabilities (CESD).  Their forms and the process they facilitate have been used nationally by thousands of districts over many years.  SuccessEd has an exclusive agreement to use these forms in an electronic version.  “We are thrilled with our partnership with SuccessEd and thrilled to see the news of this new agreement with Region 11,” says Jose Martín.  “The growing numbers that we are seeing around the country indicate a heightened awareness of the [...]

By | February 2nd, 2016|News|0 Comments

New Beginnings and Old Truths

As 2015 was winding down to a close, I heard a pastor say that during this time of endings and beginnings, he liked to be reminded of a passage from the fourth chapter of the book of James. Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit." Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. Not exactly the kind of thinking usually associated with wearing silly hats, popping champagne corks and toasting the New Year.  Nor is it particularly consistent with the universal business practice this time of year of creating new annual budgets and sales plans.  That being said, there is wisdom and truth in those words.  It is good to be reminded that our time on this planet is limited.  It is good to be reminded that we need to make these days and weeks and months and years count for something. This is something that Abraham Lincoln well understood.  While reading Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Team of Rivals over the holiday break I was struck by Lincoln’s thinking during a particularly dark time early in his career.  Things were so bleak for Lincoln in 1841 that his friends feared for his sanity and safety.  Lincoln confidently explained that he would recover and he would move forward.  He told them that even in his tough times, he was guided by “an irrepressible desire to live till I can be assured that the world is a little better for my having lived in it.” Lincoln knew that [...]

By | January 18th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments