I believe that the foundation for improving student success in K-12 is to foster an informed and engaged community: the more engaged parents and family members are with the educational process, the better students perform. Websites and mobile apps have become the preferred way for students and parents to access information and for teachers to deliver academic support.

Therefore, as the leading education technology company, it is our job to make sure we are offering the industry’s most innovative products, solutions and services that enhance district and school communications through those channels. As a result, I could not be more delighted to share some exciting news: we have signed a definitive agreement to acquire Schoolwires.

Schoolwires is led by a strong team of educational technology professionals and is one of the industry’s leading educational website, hosting and content management providers to K-12 schools and districts. Their experienced and passionate team has created some of the most innovative communications products on the market today. By having the Schoolwires team join Blackboard, we will not only expand our solutions footprint and add more services to our K-12 portfolio, but also add more K-12 “DNA” to our teams and expand our partner ecosystem to better serve our customers and the K-12 community.

Perhaps most importantly, we will continue to actively position ourselves toward our mission of reimagining education with a focus on the learner and their success.

The Boards of Directors of both companies have endorsed and approved the acquisition, and we anticipate closing in the near future. The transaction is subject to regulatory approval and other customary closing conditions. Upon close, we will begin the official integration of the Schoolwires team and products. Over time, we will share more information about how Schoolwires’ products and services will fit into our larger K-12 solutions and services strategy.

We couldn’t be more excited about what the future holds for this partnership, as well as our continuing commitment to lifelong learning. Stay tuned for more.

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  • Tom Opstad

    This will be an interesting time for Blackboard since e-rate will not longer support web-hosting as part of its funding package. Will schools continue to use the Schoolwires/Blackboard platform at full cost?