April 8, 2021
Higher Ground Education, Inc., the leading network of schools dedicated to Montessori education, today announced it has raised $30M USD in Series D funding and acquired the award-winning digital portfolio and assessment platform, FreshGrade. The new financing, led by Learn Capital, will fund the next phase of Higher Ground’s “Montessori Everywhere” strategy by enabling continued investments in curriculum development, training, technology, and global growth.
April, 2019 -EdTech Digest
FreshGrade is thrilled to have been selected as the winner of the EdTech Digest Cool Tool Award for Best Communication Solution. The Awards shine a spotlight on cool tools, inspiring leaders and innovative trendsetters across the K-12, Higher Education, and Skills and Workforce sectors.
Mar 26, 2019 – eSchool News
Gaila Sanders, a high school English teacher, explains how she uses digital portfolios in her classroom to help students feel more comfortable with trying, failing, and, most importantly, improving.
Mar, 2019 – EdTech Digest
Lane Merrifield, FreshGrade co-founder and CEO, was selected as one of the Top 100 Influencers in Edtech. This list recognizes people who are making the world a better place through their work in education technology. Also, FreshGrade was named to its EdTech 1000 Companies Transforming Education! Go to full report.
Feb 22, 2019 – eSchool News
Cari Wilson, innovation and technology lead teacher at West Vancouver School District, BC, explains how she continually evaluates her instruction to improve her impact on students’ learning.
Jan 31, 2019 – Teachers With Apps
Dec 20, 2018 – EdScoop
Peter Briggs, a music teacher in Tacoma, Washington, started to use student digital portfolios to manage and support growth for all skills levels.
Dec 10, 2018 – The Learning Counsel
With FreshGrade, educators can capture evidence, give feedback and track progression through standards and custom objectives.
Nov 15, 2018 – CBC
Apps allow teachers to post assignments, adapt the lesson to individual students and share feedback.
Oct 13, 2018 – Getting Smart
Encouraging parents to comment on their child’s digital portfolio helps reinforce the learning process and increase growth.
Jul 19, 2018 – Teachers With Apps
This application is designed to give teachers the ability to create and individualize assignments for different students’ needs as well as record progress over time.
Jun 25, 2018 – District Administration
FreshGrade for Schools extends portfolio and assessment features while simplifying building-level use of the platform.
Mar, 2018 – EdTech Digest
Feb 12, 2018 – Credit Donkey
CreditDonkey Best in K-12 Education Award announced FreshGrade as one of the best educational resources for students. Founded in 2012, FreshGrade was developed by a group of dedicated individuals who saw a better way to communicate a child’s progress at school.
No Date – The Learning Counsel
FreshGrade app captures learning in real-time while encouraging student ownership and increasing parent engagement.
Aug 18, 2017 – Sooke News Mirror
An increasing number of teachers in the Sooke School District are jumping on board with technology as a way of updating parents on a child’s progress on an on-going basis.
Aug 16, 2017 – edCircuit
Google Translate is now integrated into the comment and announcement features within the FreshGrade app for all new and existing school and district partners.
Aug 06, 2017 – Getting Smart
Digital portfolios push updates to parents, connecting them with what is happening in the classroom, and start conversations about learning with their children.
May 30, 2017 – Education Week
Digital portfolios and assessment platforms allow teachers to set relevant and individualized goals, capture and share progression in real time with both the student and the parent,and help IEP goals don’t get lost in the day-to-day running of the classroom.
May 17, 2017 – edCircuit
FreshGrade is a portfolio and assessment platform designed to make the learning process visible and therefore more accessible to students, teachers and parents.
Mar 03, 2017 – Ready to Rocket
FreshGrade was selected for the 2017 ICT Ready to Rocket list as a top technology company that is well positioned to capitalize on the largest growth trends in the technology industry. Ready to Rocket is a business recognition program for British Columbia’s tech sector that showcases the Revenue Growth Leaders of Tomorrow.
Feb 23, 2017 – Connect Charter School
FreshGrade provides flexibility in customizing outcomes to include foundational skills and allow for the attachment of specific curricular outcomes to key learning tasks.
Jan 11, 2017 – Connect Charter School
FreshGrade’s chronological portfolio format and ability to create multiple submission options encouraged students to see their individual assessments as snapshots of growth through time.
2016 – Delloite Technology Fast 50™ Awards
Companies-to-Watch Award honours early-stage Canadian technology companies in business for less than four years. FreshGrade was recognized with the award as part of Deloitte’s Technology Fast 50™ Awards, for its innovative technology, leadership and early stage growth.
Dec 15, 2016 – Parksville Qualicum Beach News
Report cards to track students’ academic progress are being replaced by systems that displays an ongoing input from teachers, students and parents.
Nov 30, 2016 – Cision
FreshGrade was recognized with a Companies-to-Watch Award, for its innovative technology, leadership and early stage growth.
Nov 15, 2016 – Benzinga
The 7th Annual Canadian Ed Tech Leadership Summit has awarded FreshGrade its first ever Ed Tech Business Leader of the Year Award.
Nov 03, 2016 – Canadian EdTech Awards
The 7th Annual Canadian Ed Tech Leadership Summit granted the British Columbia company FreshGrade with the Ed Tech Business Leader of the Year Award. According to FreshGrade CEO Lane Merrifield, the award reflects the hard work of the team, supporters, teachers, parents, educational leaders, and change-makers who are making a difference for students.
Oct 21, 2016 – Betakit
As technology innovation grows in the education space, several schools are starting to adopt new classroom models.
Oct 24, 2016 – Huffpost
FreshGrade helps parents and teachers to maintain an ongoing communication during the school year, rather than relying on quarterly or semester based report cards alone.
Oct 05, 2016 – The EdTech Round Up
FreshGrade is a free app for students, teachers, and parents that is designed to give teachers and parents a continuous look at student work and progress through their digital portfolio and gradebook.
Sep 13, 2016 – North Shore News
Students at Canyon Heights are piloting an app called FreshGrade, which provides a report card with more comments from teachers on key ideas and skills, and fewer letter grades.
Sep 09, 2016 – Emerging Ed Tech
FreshGrade is a powerful strategy to ignite parental involvement by connecting them in real time through the use of digital portfolios and assessment tools,giving parents a window into the classroom.
Sep 08, 2016 – Education World
Teachers now have plenty of modern ways to look into better engaging with parents and keep grading for their students.
Aug 23, 2016 – Fox Business
The co-founders of FreshGrade reveal how technology is blending your child’s progress inside and outside of school.
Aug 12, 2016 – Common Sense Education
FreshGrade’s dashboard makes it easy to manage students’ work and offer great feedback, whether teacher works in paperless classroom or is just moving in that direction.
Aug 15, 2016 – EdTechTimes
FreshGrade is an education resource for teachers, parents, and administrators that mirrors how people communicate and use technology today, opening a window into the classroom to ensure maximum student engagement and progress.
Aug 08, 2016 – HuffPost
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Aug 05, 2016 – Really Good Stuff
Jun 23, 2016 – TVO
Digital platforms that allow teachers to record, evaluate and share evidence of learning are transforming communication between Ontario homes and schools.
Jun 15, 2016 – Osoyoos Times
Teachers in School District 53 are taking a risk in the classroom and it’s making a world of difference for many students.
Jun 14, 2016 – Yahoo Finance
The Kelowna, B.C.-based education tech startup, offers a web and mobile tool that allows teachers to assign, grade and share students’ work via digital portfolios.
May 26, 2016 – The Daily Courier
Decreasing the number of provincial exams students are required to write, and changing the way they are assessed will allow more flexibility in the classroom.
May 11, 2016 – The Ed Tech Round Up
The additional funding will help fuel the success of FreshGrade’s customers and growth for FreshGrade in the U.S.
Mar 15, 2016 – EdTech Digest
The EdTech Digest Awards acknowledge people in and around education for outstanding contributions in transforming education through technology to enrich the lives of learners everywhere. FreshGrade won the Cool Tool Award 2016 as the best parent/student solution app.
Jan 20, 2016 – Los Altos Town Crier
The new digital tool implemented at Bullis Charter School, provides parents a window into the classroom and helps create an open dialogue about how students’ work is developing.
2015 – CIO Review Award
The technology magazine CIO Review evaluated and selected the 20 Most Promising K-12 Technology Solutions Providers in 2015. FreshGrade was awarded for its ability to provide technology solutions that will add value to the entire educational ecosystem.
Sep 11, 2015 – Techvibes
The platform acts as a connection point to support teachers, engage parents and empower students to bring more visibility and real-time interaction to the process of learning.
Aug 19, 2014 – Kelowna Now
FreshGrade, a local education tech company, has received a big financial boost that has co-founder Steve Wandler excited about what’s in store for the future.
Aug 15, 2014 – Venture Beat
The software is supposed to connect teachers, parents, and students to a network where teachers can organize lesson planning and assessments, and communicate with teachers and students.
May 23, 2013 – Fast Company
Merrifield discusses the challenges of launching, running, and selling a startup, and finally figuring out how to be an entrepreneur without totally losing your mind.
No Date – Education World
FreshGrade, a Learning Collaboration System for teachers, has released a new mobile app that gives teachers more freedom to work in a busy classroom.