Mick Nealeigh – Milton-Union Exempted Village School District

Toggle speaks with Mick Nealeigh, Director of Technology at Milton-Union Exempted Village School District, about their unique sustainability solutions for their 1:1 program. Nealeigh covers solutions that have helped Milton-Union during remote learning, including CIPA-compliant, cloud-based filter, Relay.

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Shawnee Mission School District prepares for continued virtual learning

In an effort to alleviate issues within virtual learning, the Shawnee Mission School District Board of Education approved the purchase of Relay. Lightspeed’s platform came highly recommended to the district and will provide the district with cloud-based filtering, screen monitoring, and a parent portal needed for their virtual learning plan.

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Lightspeed Systems Appoints Amy Bennett to Chief of Staff Role

New role within senior leadership team to drive agility amidst rapid growth

Austin, TX, June 18, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Ed-tech industry leader Lightspeed Systems® (“Lightspeed” or “the Company”) today announced the appointment of industry and Lightspeed veteran Amy Bennett to the newly created role of Chief of Staff. In this role, Ms. Bennett will lead internal communication and facilitate cross-departmental collaboration in order to drive efficiency during this period of rapid growth within the Company.

Ms. Bennett has been with Lightspeed Systems for 11 years, most recently in the role of VP Marketing, and has more than 25 years of experience in the education technology industry. The depth of knowledge and experience she brings to the role of Chief of Staff will allow her to support all executives and departments in fulfilling the Company’s mission of helping schools and protecting students.

The Company has recently added three industry leaders to its leadership team: Eileen Shihadeh in the role of Chief Marketing Officer (June 2020); Learie Hercules as VP of Data and Analytics (March 2020); and Kirk Orgeldinger as CFO/COO (September 2019). The newly created role of Chief of Staff will bring increased efficiency and effectiveness across those, and other, senior leadership functions.

“We’re growing quickly, building new solutions, adding new employees, and partnering with more schools to keep their 1:1 programs safe and effective,” said Brian Thomas, Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Lightspeed Systems. “The experience Amy brings to this new role will allow us to maximize all of our resources and efforts across the company.”

The Company’s market-leading software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform, Relay, provides student safety, device management, filtering, reporting and analytics to thousands of districts and millions of students around the world. The recent rapid adoption of distance learning, as well as the continuous addition of new functionalty to the platform, has greatly accelerated the Company’s growth.

“Lightspeed has remained an industry leader for decades by moving quickly, adapting to change, and developing innovative solutions to complex problems. Schools need that kind of partnership now more than ever. I’m excited to help Lightspeed Systems continue to lead and innovate in my new role as Chief of Staff,” shared Amy Bennett.

Ms. Bennett graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Reed College in Portland, Oregon.

About Lightspeed Systems
Lightspeed Systems partners with schools to make learning safe, mobile and easily managed. Partnered with 6,500 districts in the United States and 28,000 schools around the world, Lightspeed Systems offers integrated filtering, management, monitoring, and protection for schools through its groundbreaking platform, Relay. Headquartered in Austin, TX (with offices in Portland and the U.K.), Lightspeed serves over 15 million students in 35 countries. To learn more, visit https://www.lightspeedsystems.com.

Amy Bennett
Lightspeed Systems
737.205.2453
abennett@lightspeedsystems.com


Lightspeed Systems Adds Eileen Shihadeh in Newly Created Chief Marketing Officer Role

Expansion of Leadership Team with Industry Veteran to Accelerate Growth

Austin, TX, June 16, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Lightspeed Systems® (“Lightspeed” or “the Company”), creator of leading K12 online safety and analytics platform Relay, has appointed Eileen Shihadeh to the newly created role of Chief Marketing Officer. Ms. Shihadeh will partner with the product and sales teams to lead the marketing, brand strategy, and demand generation efforts globally for Lightspeed, with a focus on furthering the company’s position as a market leader and innovator.

“Schools and students are dealing with unprecedented challenges, and we offer solutions that can help them ensure students are engaged and remote learning is safe,” said Brian Thomas, Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Lightspeed Systems. “Eileen has the industry experience to understand the value Lightspeed brings to customers, and the vision to reach more schools around the world.”

“I believe K-12 education is at an inflection point, and I’m thrilled to join Lightspeed at a time when we as a company have a unique opportunity to leverage our technology and expertise and partner with educators to help design the future of education,” said Shihadeh.

Ms. Shihadeh brings more than 20 years of experience in the education technology industry. Prior to joining Lightspeed, Ms. Shihadeh was the Chief Marketing Officer at Raptor Technologies, a leading provider of campus safety solutions, where she built the sales and marketing organization and drove accelerated growth and market share expansion. Prior to Raptor Technologies, she held leadership roles at education companies including Odysseyware, CompassLearning, and eInstruction. This deep background in education, technology , and student safety will allow Ms. Shihadeh to immediately contribute to the rapid growth at Lightspeed Systems and further enable the Company to protect more students around the world.

Along with this shift, Amy Bennett, previously Vice President of Marketing at Lightspeed Systems, will move into a new role within the Company as Chief of Staff, where she will help the growing leadship team execute more effectively and efficiently.

Lightspeed Systems is poised for continued growth with its expanded leadership team. Ms. Shihadeh is the third recent addition to the Company leadership team. Kirk Orgeldinger joined as CFO/COO in September, 2019; Learie Hercules joined as VP of Data and Analytics in March, 2020.

About Lightspeed Systems
Lightspeed Systems partners with schools to make learning safe, mobile and easily managed. Partnered with 6,500 districts in the United States and 28,000 schools around the world, Lightspeed Systems offers integrated filtering, management, monitoring, and protection for schools through its groundbreaking platform, Relay. Headquartered in Austin, TX (with offices in Portland and the U.K.), Lightspeed serves over 15 million students in 35 countries. To learn more, visit https://www.lightspeedsystems.com.

Amy Bennett
Lightspeed Systems
737.205.2453
abennett@lightspeedsystems.com


Peters Township School Board approves purchase of computers for all students

Peters Township School Board approves the purchase of devices for all students to elevate classroom learning and prepare for anticipated online learning. Peters Township plans to leverage Relay Filter and Relay Classroom to manage student internet activity on and off campus.

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How K–12 Schools Can Measure Ed Tech ROI

With a rise in technology initiatives and spending to facilitate remote learning, schools look to data to manage the success and effectiveness of their tools. EdTech Magazine dives into how schools can utilize data from cloud-based solution Relay Analytics for visibility into cost and use of tools across district to manage licenses and maximize ROl.

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Lightspeed Systems Releases New Guide, 1:1 and Distance Learning: Lessons from COVID

New guide offers essential information for preparing for the future K12 learning environment

Austin, TX, May 28, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Leading education technology solutions provider Lightspeed Systems (“Lightspeed” or “the Company”) has released 1:1 and Distance Learning: Lessons from COVID, an essential guide for schools and districts navigating the new learning landscape post COVID-19 closure that outlines the need for technology, reporting, and digital student safety solutions.

Lightspeed Systems has combined its knowledge and experience as a long-standing partner for schools in their latest resource to help districts plan for what’s next in K12.

The new 1:1 and Distance Learning: Lessons from COVID guide highlights:

  • Closing the digital divide and the necessity of 1:1 programs for learning mobility in any environment
  • Utilizing data and reporting to ensure data privacy and drive key decision-making, adoption, and return on investment
  • Creating a safe digital learning environment for students utilizing mobile filtering and safety solutions
  • Cloud-based management to streamline learning applications and uses
  • Best practices for developing and monitoring synchronous and asynchronous learning opportunities for all students

Lightspeed’s 1:1 and Distance Learning guide allows any school or district access to critical information and advice from top K12 leaders in order to best prepare for learning in any environment.

“As schools around the world shut their doors for the year due to the Coronavirus pandemic, a new learning digital environment was adopted, requiring rapid 1:1 deployments, remote filtering solutions, and usage reporting. With another uncertain school year ahead, it’s expected that most schools will need to prepare for a similar environment and continue engaging students in distance learning. We’ve prepared this guide to help schools through those challenges,” shares Amy Bennett, VP Marketing at Lightspeed Systems.

In its dedication to providing vital resources and solutions for safe student learning, the Company is also offering its filtering and monitoring solutions, Relay Filter and Relay Classroom, free of charge for schools through June 30, 2020.

The guide to 1:1 and Distance Learning can be downloaded here.

About Lightspeed Systems
Lightspeed Systems partners with schools to make learning safe, mobile and easily managed. Partnered with 6,500 districts in the United States and 28,000 schools around the world, Lightspeed Systems offers integrated filtering, management, monitoring, and protection for schools through its groundbreaking platform, Relay. Headquartered in Austin, TX (with offices in Portland and the U.K.), Lightspeed serves over 15 million students in 35 countries. To learn more, visit https://www.lightspeedsystems.com.

Amy Bennett
Lightspeed Systems
737.205.2453
abennett@lightspeedsystems.com


CoSN2020: How Data Analytics Can Improve Remote Learning

During the CoSN 2020 virtual conference, EdTech Magazine spoke with Amy Bennett, VP of Marketing at Lightspeed Systems, to get insights on using data in Relay Analytics to track remote learning usage. Bennett discusses how Relay Analytics answers questions about user adoption and privacy concerns to manage remote learning tools’ safety and effectiveness.

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Lightspeed Systems Partners with Google for Education to Provide Distance Learning Resources

Austin, TX, May 19, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Education technology solutions provider Lightspeed Systems (“Lightspeed” or “the Company”) has partnered with Google for Education as a technology resource for schools transitioning to distance learning. Lightspeed joins the list of distance learning resources as a global, multi-language partner with its filtering and classroom monitoring solutions.

As schools across the world deployed distance learning programs, there became a heightened need for remote safety and monitoring solutions on student devices to maintain instructional continuity. In an effort to help schools worldwide protect and manage distance learning programs, Lightspeed is offering its remote web filtering and classroom management platforms for free through the end of this school year.

Lightspeed’s Relay Filter and Relay Classroom are cloud-based filtering and monitoring solutions that can be remotely deployed for easy over-the-air setup. With Relay Filter, schools can enable full filtering and activity reporting, including student safety protection, Safety Check, to monitor internet activity for signs of students in emotional distress. Relay Classroom provides students and teachers with a virtual classroom management experience, complete with live screen monitoring, custom web rules, link sharing, and simple messaging.

“We’re proud to work with our partners by providing Relay Filter and Relay Classroom as a resource to protect and engage students around the world while distance learning,” shares Mike Durando, VP of Strategic Alliances for Lightspeed Systems.

Relay Filter and Relay Classroom are available as distance learning solutions to schools affected by COVID-19 at no cost through June 30, 2020. For more information, visit Chromebook App Hub’s Distance Learning Resources.

About Lightspeed Systems
Lightspeed Systems partners with schools to make learning safe, mobile and easily managed. Partnered with 6,500 districts in the United States and 28,000 schools around the world, Lightspeed Systems offers integrated filtering, management, monitoring, and protection for schools through its groundbreaking platform, Relay. Headquartered in Austin, TX (with offices in Portland and the U.K.), Lightspeed serves over 15 million students in 35 countries. To learn more, visit https://www.lightspeedsystems.com.

Amy Bennett
Lightspeed Systems
737.205.2453
abennett@lightspeedsystems.com


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