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News Article | May 16, 2017
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For effective parent engagement, school districts increasingly rely on social media, turn more to mobile apps, and, ultimately, recognize that they must use multiple communications channels. These are the key findings of a national survey conducted by West Corporation to discover how districts are currently using communications technology for parent engagement, to examine perceived effectiveness of various methods, and to learn about districts’ plans for growth. Complete results of the survey will be released in a SchoolMessenger solutions webinar, “From Apps to Announcements: Increasing School-Parent Engagement With Communications Technology,” on June 1 at 11 am PDT/2 pm EDT. Hundreds of West’s district-level customers, reflecting the national mix of district sizes and settings, completed the online survey. Respondents included district leadership such as superintendents, technology directors, communications officers, and those with similar titles and roles. Among the top three findings of the survey is, overall, district use of mobile apps to build parent engagement is increasing. Districts plan a 44 percent increase in the emphasis they put on the use of mobile apps over the next one-to-three years. Yet, in contrast, they expressed concern about the impact on parents and guardians of the proliferation of communications apps from various sources. In addition, districts believe that for maximum engagement, they must use multiple channels. Broadcast voice notification remains important as a method, likely in part because 45 percent of respondents also report that parent internet access is a significant obstacle to using technology to better engage parents. Finally, use of social media as a parent engagement channel is very strong now and appears that it will remain so. Districts say they will make social media a top communications technology priority for investment of time and resources over the next one-to-three years. Generally, a majority of respondents perceive two-way communications with parents (such as social media posts with responses) as more effective for engagement than one-way communication. The webinar, which is open to SchoolMessenger solutions customers and other professionals responsible for school communications, will feature Elisabeth O'Bryon, Ph.D., co-founder and head of research of Family Engagement Lab, a nonprofit subsidiary of GreatSchools, Inc., whose mission is to help schools ignite the power of millions of families to support learning, and Frank Catalano, vice president of West’s Education group and the study’s primary author. Dr. O’Bryon was previously a postdoctoral research associate at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and most recently the director of research and evaluation at GreatSchools, where she assessed the effectiveness of digital information strategies for preK-12 families. “We know that when families engage with school, children succeed,” said Dr. O’Bryon. “Our research shows that parents want to receive information from the school about how their child is doing academically, the key skills they are supposed to learn and strategies for supporting their child’s learning. Unfortunately, 32 percent of parents are less than satisfied with the information communicated by their schools. The good news is that, when used appropriately, the digital communications technologies explored in West’s survey have the potential to help schools meaningfully boost their family engagement efforts.” West’s Catalano added, “Our survey demonstrates that not one size, or one method, fits all for using communications technologies to engage parents. However, with the wide range of communications technologies available today to school districts, selecting what best meet the unique needs of a district’s community can be a multiple-choice answer.” Participants in the webinar will receive a white paper exploring the survey results in depth. To register for the June 1 webinar, visit http://bit.ly/Jun2017SMWebinar. About West (SchoolMessenger Solutions) West Corporation is the trusted provider of SchoolMessenger solutions. Thousands of schools and other educational institutions in all 50 states and Canada depend on SchoolMessenger products and services. From notifications and websites to custom mobile apps and social media, school leaders have relied on the SchoolMessenger platform since 1999 to engage with their communities in multiple languages and on any device. To learn more about SchoolMessenger products, visit http://www.schoolmessenger.com or call 888.527.5225.


Patent
Cumberland Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Pavliv, Voss, West and Carrier | Date: 2017-03-22

The present invention is directed to methods of treating, preventing, and/or ameliorating fibrosis syndrome, and in particular cardiac fibrosis, by administration of a therapeutically effective amount of ifetroban, or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof.


Patent
Greenberg, West and Benefit | Date: 2013-07-03

The present embodiments provide a stent graft having a tubular configuration defining a lumen therethrough, the stent graft having a proximal section and a distal section. A folded section is positioned between the proximal section and the distal section. The folded section includes a first fold directed toward the distal end and engaged with the proximal section and a second fold directed toward the proximal end and engaged with the distal section. A valve arrangement is positioned in at least one of the first and second folds providing access from an exterior of the graft to the interior of the stent graft for insertion of an additional device.


Patent
Greenberg, West, Resch and Roeder | Date: 2012-10-31

A system for facilitating deployment of an endoluminal prosthesis may include a main tubular graft body including a proximal end opening, a distal end opening, a lumen, and a sidewall. A branch may extend from the sidewall and may include a first end opening, a second end opening, and a lumen. A fenestration may be disposed in the sidewall and positioned distal of the second end opening of the branch. A wire segment may include a proximal portion positioned proximal of the proximal end opening and a distal portion positioned distal of the distal end opening. The wire segment extend through the fenestration and through the lumen of the branch in a preloaded configuration.


Patent
Greenberg, West and Goel | Date: 2012-10-31

An endovascular delivery system includes an endovascular prosthetic device (302) and a signal active guide wire (402) engaging the endovascular prosthetic device. A rotary encoder (704) is coupled with the guide wire and the endovascular prosthetic device to provide an encoder signal of the guide wire. The encoder signal is indicative of axial angular position of the endovascular prosthetic device (302) during implantation of the prosthetic device in a body of a patient.


Patent
Greenberg and West | Date: 2012-10-31

An endovascular graft delivery system (300) includes an endovascular prosthetic device (302) and one or more trigger wires (316, 318) deployably engaging portions of the endovascular prosthesis device (302). An electrical element (330) is positioned at a proximal end of the trigger wire (316, 318). The electrical element (330) is in signal communication with the trigger wire (316, 318) to communicate operational signals over the trigger wire (316, 318). The operational signals may be power or control signals to assist with positioning the endovascular prosthetic device at a desired deployment location.


A bone anchor for use in attaching soft tissue to a bone is provided. The bone anchor comprises an anchor body extending between a proximal end and a distal end. The anchor body has an axial bore (14), a proximal threaded section (38) beginning at and extending distally from said proximal end, and a distal threaded section (40). The proximal threaded section has a first flute (39a) and a second flute (39b).


A bone anchor for use in anchoring one or more sutures comprises an anchor body (12) extending between a proximal end and a distal end. The anchor body (12) further comprises a longitudinal bore (30). A socket (22) is formed in a proximal portion of the longitudinal bore (30). The proximal end of the anchor body (12) is substantially flat so that when the bone anchor (12) is inserted into a bone the proximal end (14) is at or just below a surface of the bone.


Patent
West | Date: 2013-03-13

A hand tool (1) having an opposing pair of longitudinally extending arms (3). The arms (3) hingedly connected together at a central point (4). The arms (3) having first ends (5) to be gripped by a user and second ends (6) having contact surfaces (10) to engage an object. The sensing means (9) operatively associated with said contact surfaces (10). Alarm means (15, 20, 23) operatively associated with the sensing means (9). The alarm means (15, 20, 23) are adapted to alert a user when a voltage is sensed by said sensing means (9).


Patent
West | Date: 2016-11-09

An anchor for a safety line for use in roofing construction and maintenance activities. The anchor includes a hooked body having a shank and a point. A safety line is coupleable between a free end of the shank and a user. An anchor plate is rotatably and pivotably coupled to the point via a joint disposed therebetween. The anchor is disposable over a peak of a roof with the anchor plate on a first side of the roof and the body extending over the peak toward a second side. A user tethered to the anchor may work on the second side of the roof; pivotal and rotational movement of the body relative to the anchor plate enabled by the joint aids to maintain the body generally in line with the safety line while the anchor plate remains frictionally engaged with the first side of the roof.

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