Featuring Connected Class!

Check out the March 2024 issue of EverythingBrevard.com.  Learn how Connected Class began, and all the exciting growth that is happening.  You can also read about the Summer Success Program and how to engage students over the summer by using exciting games, strategies, and activities.

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Check out Connected Class on EdTech Startup Showcase Podcast – This episode of the EdTech Startup Showcase features Christel Reaves, CEO & Founder of Connected Class.  Listen as she speaks about her journey from a struggling student to EdTech Innovator and the organic growth of her company, Connected Class.  She also talks about how to address academic gaps and social-emotional learning.
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Florida Female Education Entrepreneur Wins National Awards

Learning Link Increases Student Achievement and Family Engagement

February 7, 2024 (Melbourne, FL) — Learning Link by Connected Class placed second in the national Future of Educational Technology Conference (FETC) Pitchfest and was chosen for the national State Education Technology Directors Association (SETDA) 10th Annual Emerging Partners Program for 2023-2024.

Learning Link from Connected Class was selected via a competitive application to pitch in front of a panel of industry experts, district administrators, front-line educators, parents, investors, and a live audience on January 25, 2024, in Orlando, Florida, and won second place. In addition, Learning Link was chosen as a SETDA 2023-2024 Emerging Partner and pitched to the SETDA community of all 50 states in SETDA Tank, a Shark Tank-style competition also receiving second place. Throughout the year, the SETDA cohort participates in SETDA events and activities and receives guidance on marketing, fundraising, and other relevant topics from education industry experts.

Created by former School District of Palm Beach County administrator and teacher, Christel Reaves, Learning Link at Connected Class is a dynamic tool that increases communication between the classroom and home environment, differentiates instruction and replaces classic worksheets to support the fundamental skills of reading and math. Plus, each video explains and models one academic concept, provides opportunities for families to practice and includes modifications to meet the needs of each learner. See examples and learn more.

“FETC is proud to offer edtech startups the chance to showcase their innovative products and services to gain exposure and impact on the education community with our annual Pitchfest Competition. Congratulations to Learning Link by Connected Class for its 2nd place finish! This tool was selected as a finalist because the goal of Connected Class Learning Link is to support learning by enhancing communication between the classroom and the home environment through exciting games, strategies, and activities. The competition was fierce, but every finalist was exceptional and meets the needs of districts across the country.” Jennifer Womble, Conference Chair, FETC.

“Connected Class continues to be one of our strongest partners in helping us effectively meet the needs of schools receiving equitable services.” Nicole C. Smith, Director, Federal and State Programs, The School District of Palm Beach County, FL.

“We are thrilled to be a part of FETC and SETDA. Both opportunities connect Learning Link with education influencers that value increasing family engagement via dynamic learning experiences,” Christel Reaves, Founder/CEO Connected Class. “These national organizations provide an avenue to demonstrate our innovative approach to education expanding our reach to support increased student academic achievement. I dream of providing access to Learning Link to families across the country and even around the world. We save teachers time, support learners, and empower families.”

Check out this episode of The Fabulous Learning Nerds podcast, featuring our very own Christel Leahy Reaves, founder and CEO of Connected Class. The interview begins around the 7:20 mark. Listen and see what can be a #GameChanger for #educators.

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Officer E Shares Insights About Digital Safety – Officer Graig Erenstoft (AKA Officer E), digital safety expert for Connected Class, sits downs with the host of The Cybertraps Podcast to talk about the importance of communicating with children about online dangers and how to initiate those important conversations. They also discuss common questions parents have about digital safety and how to foster good, safe habits.
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Connected Class Featured on Resilient Schools Podcast – Check out this episode of the Resilient Schools Podcast! Christel Leahy Reaves, CEO & Founder of Connected Class, speaks with Jethro Jones about the importance of family engagement and how Learning Link creates opportunities for meaningful, two-way communication between the teacher, parent, and student.
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Connected Class Selected for 2023 Cohort of SETDA Emerging Partners
On May 17, 2023, SETDA announced its 10th annual cohort of Emerging Partners. Connected Class is one of just five companies selected for this year’s cohort. These startups were selected through a competitive application process and will be introduced during SETDA’s annual Emerging Trends Forum in early June. Read the complete press release for all the details.

On June 24, 2021, Connected Class was recognized with the STEM Small Business Innovator of the Year Award by the Space Coast chapter of Women in Defense.
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UPCOMING EVENTS

Stop Whining and Just Read With Me Already!
4-Week Reading Challenge
April 1 – April 26, 2024 | Deadline Extended to Tuesday, March 26th
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Getting My Facts Straight!
4-Week Math Challenge
April 1 – April 26, 2024 | Deadline Extended to Tuesday, March 26th
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Get Trained:  Full STEAM Ahead!
IN-PERSON PROFESSIONAL LEARNING
(Palm Beach County Private Schools Only)
Saturday, April 13, 2024
*Register by April 11th
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MAP Assessment Informational Webinar
(Palm Beach County Private Schools Only)
Monday, May 13, 2024
*Register by April 26th
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Terra Nova Assessment Informational Webinar
(Palm Beach County Private Schools Only)
Tuesday, May 14, 2024
*Register by April 26th
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Iowa Assessment Informational Webinar
(Palm Beach County Private Schools Only)
Wednesday, May 15, 2024
*Register by April 26th
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RESOURCES

Take Three for Digital Safety:  Tips For Keeping Your Child Safe
Informational Webinar for Parents
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Learning Link Summer Success Program
Combat the Summer Slide with exciting games and activities.
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