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We wanted to share some recent news and powerful stories with you!

1. You may have recently seen some press about data privacy policies for education companies, including ClassDojo. While some of the coverage was badly researched, and occasionally just plain false, we do think that scrutiny on privacy policies is a great thing. After all, we are teachers and parents, so we care deeply about the privacy of student data. As a ClassDojo teacher, we wanted to make sure you know the facts, and that you feel confident ClassDojo continues to lead the education industry in protecting teachers, parents and students.

We believe in transparency in everything we do – especially in explaining our practices and policies – and we’re always taking steps to make it easier for teachers, parents and students to communicate and understand each other inside and outside the classroom. We let you know about updates to our Terms of service and Privacy policy a few weeks ago – where we added a ‘plain English’ section to help everyone understand the legal jargon; but to help further, you can download this simple “Common Questions” guide that will answer questions teachers or parents in your school may have. We hope this helps! Also, stay tuned: we’ll be announcing another big step in January that’ll help us continue to have the most pro-user, pro-privacy policies in education 🙂

2. Furthermore, we’ve heard that there is some perception – mostly from those who have not tried ClassDojo – that it is a simple “points app”, with an implication that teachers could use this in a negative way. As a ClassDojo user, you know that our mission is to help kids develop through positive feedback and encouragement. We’ve seen so many amazing stories from parents and teachers like you on Twitter, Facebook, and on blogs to show how teachers use ClassDojo to teach amazing soft skills, and build stronger relationships with parents and students. Check them out below!

“Communicating with parents never felt right before. Email and phone calls were too formal and I’d only use them when I had to share a negative issue. ClassDojo Messaging is A-MAZING! Super easy, instant, quick – I find myself sharing so much positive news with parents that the trust between us is stronger than ever. Of course my students love it, too, because they come home and their parents already know what to celebrate about!”

– Gwen, a 4th grade teacher in Atlanta

“As a mom with three jobs, I never felt connected with how my son was doing in school. I couldn’t attend parent-teacher conferences, and teachers definitely couldn’t call me while I was at work.  I would get home and my son would be asleep. This year one of his teachers started using ClassDojo, and I’ve honestly never been more excited about his development and progress. I work hard for my family, and this tool has made me feel like I’m still a part of his daily life.”

– Divya, a parent in Boston

We hope this clarifies some of what you may have been hearing. We thank you for being such amazing teachers, and for using ClassDojo in the wonderful ways that you do. If you have a story you’d like to share with us, just tweet using #MyDojoStory and our team will see it!

Cheers,

Sam, Liam and the ClassDojo team