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"I wanted to build a positive bridge between parents and schools that was founded on trust, learning, feedback, and transparency..."
One of our ‘Faces of Entrepreneurship’ for the week is Shani Dowell, CEO and founder of Possip, a parent engagement platform striving to create a feedback loop between parents and schools.
Student Feedback is Gathered and Valued at Northwestern. Discovered Through Possip's Pulse Checks™...
“Northwestern also uses its feedback methods [Possip] to ensure students feel supported at school. A recent survey of high school students indicated that 86% of them feel like they have a trusted adult they can turn to at Northwestern.”
“One third of Metro school children don’t have access to the internet at home, which makes it hard for parents to communicate with teachers and school staff.
A Nashville-based company developed a platform called Possip to help bridge that gap and it stands for Positive Gossip.”
“It was amazing, we were able to get technology out, address student needs for work. It was a phenomenal way for us to connect our schools very quickly to our parents and families,” said Scott Langford, Chief Academic Officer for Sumner County Schools.
Possip is an app that prompts parents for weekly feedback on how schools and teachers are doing and then turns that parent engagement into data that schools use to track trends, solve problems, and bring joy to teachers and parents.
Whether it’s parent-teacher conference time, a grading issue or a new school policy, word tends to get around among the families at a school. But administrators might not always hear what parents have to say — both positive and negative.
“We’ve never encountered a school that says that they don’t need a solution like this. There’s a clear sense of we need a better way to engage parents and to hear from parents”
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“Our world moves faster than ever, and schools and organizations need to build bridges within diverse constituencies,” Dowell said. “We are open to additional investment interest, as there is a big growth opportunity ahead.”
Shani Dowell faced racism in high school, and now she hopes her Possip app — which helps parents and schools talk to each other — also helps battle bias
Shani Dowell, CEO and Founder of Possip, discusses her motivation and what is keeping her engaged and enthusiastic about doing the work of Possip.
“We see the opportunity to take the same idea to other organizations because we think there are so many institutions and organizations where those people at the front line, their voices aren’t fully heard.”
Using the simple texting platform, schools can hear from more parents in one month than in a typical year, Dowell says — and the format invites parents to give the full story behind their answers.
'Possip' platform connects Shani Dowell conceived an idea that would transform the way parents communicate with administrators at their child’s school by asking a simple question: What if someone made it simple for parents to give feedback? County Schools parents to the classroom
A Nashville tech company is bridging the gap between the classroom and parents at home….
Possip, a Nashville-based platform that provides real-time education feedback from parents to schools, has announced the closing of a new funding round…
Nashville-based edtech startup Possip, founded by former local Teach For America executive director Shani Dowell, has raised more than $1 million in funding.
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In 2017, the mother and former math teacher launched Possip, an app that prompts parents to text weekly feedback on how schools and teachers are doing.
After competing against eight startups, edtech company Possip took both the $10,000 crowd favorite award and the main prize of $50,000 at the 36|86 Entrepreneur Festival Pitch Competition last week.
Nothing like a cool $60,000 for a two-hour gig to make you happy.
That’s the result for Possip, the entrant from the Nashville Entrepreneur Center that captured the top prize and $50,000 by winning yesterday’s “LaunchTN Pitch Competition” as well as the “Crowd Favorite Award” which came with an additional $10,000 prize.
Possip Founder and CEO Shani Dowell joins us in studio to share her experience growing revenue, raising money and scaling her tech startup in Nashville.
So Shani created Possip, a platform for parents to give weekly feedback in less than a minute. It gives the schools actionable reports and helps them see trends, while allowing parents to track their school’s progress and responses to feedback.
Dowell said she believes that Possip can be a “transformative” technology in those and other schools in which parents have, for whatever reason, under-participated in providing vital feedback on the experience they and their children have in pursuing education.
“A new tech start-up is allowing parents to communicate constructive feedback to schools in the simple form of a text message.
Possip—so named from a mashup of positive gossip—was created by a former educator and public school parent based in Nashville, Tenn.”