Catalyst portfolio company PresenceLearning, the leading provider of live online behavioral and mental health services for K-12 schools, partnered with iOpening Enterprises to develop Finding Your Power in Uncertain Times, a 6-week trauma-informed group therapy program designed to help students who are struggling with life’s current stressors including social, emotional, and economic impacts from COVID-19 and civil unrest in their communities.
CEO of Catalyst-backed PresenceLearning, Kate Eberle Walker, discusses her company’s recent $27 million Series D. The pandemic accelerated the completion of the funding round, which helps the company’s expansion of online therapy and assessment services to meet growing school needs.
PresenceLearning, the leading provider of live online special education related services for K-12 schools, received a $27 million Series D investment led by Bain Capital Double Impact. Existing investors Catalyst Investors, New Markets Venture Partners and Catamount Ventures also participated in the round. The latest funding positions the company to accelerate its expansion of online therapy and assessment services to meet growing school needs.
The idea of continuing to serve students with disabilities paralyzed many school leaders in recent weeks, and even led some to cancel school for everyone rather than tackle the challenge of providing special education online. But Kristin Martinez, the clinical director at Catalyst-backed PresenceLearning, which provides online special education services, said school leaders should take heart.
“As schools urgently seek solutions to move services online, we want to make sure that students with special education needs are prioritized,” said Kate Eberle Walker, CEO of Catalyst-backed PresenceLearning. “Over the past ten years we’ve developed a specific expertise in conducting teletherapy sessions for K-12 students and we have a purpose-built platform that is designed by and for clinicians. We realized that the best way we can help right now is to make our platform available more broadly, and to teach school-based clinicians how to approach teletherapy.”
The CEO of Catalyst backed Presence Learning discusses why it matters to have diversity in positions of influence.
Catalyst-backed Presence Learning added four new members to its leadership team. The company’s new CFO, COO, CTO, and VP of Marketing & Communications complete the formation of a gender-balanced team of education industry leaders as the company positions itself for growth.
Catalyst-backed PresenceLearning, the leading provider of live online special education-related services to K-12 schools, named Kate Eberle Walker as CEO. Walker was most recently CEO of The Princeton Review, a leading provider of tutoring, test preparation and college admissions services.
Catalyst-backed PresenceLearning, the leading telehealth network of live, online special education related service providers, recently launched online early childhood services to expand the ability of schools and districts to deliver early childhood interventions and services to children ages 0-5. With PresenceLearning, school systems and education organizations can access a nationwide network of hundreds of highly qualified clinicians – including speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, and behavioral and mental health professionals – to help deliver these timely services to young learners and to consult with their families and caregivers.
PresenceLearning’s “Success for Every Learner: From At-Risk to Successful” webinar series campaign won a 2017 REVERE Award for Integrated Marketing in the “Under 30K Campaign Budget” category. Given by the Association of American Publishers (AAP), this industry-leading award honors educational marketing campaigns using multiple media channels.