Hero K12 Looking to Grow, Hires Biz Development Chief and Launches Plan to Invest in and Acquire EdTech Companies

Hero K12 will invest in education technology that expands the breadth of solutions Hero K12 offers to K-12 schools, helping to make schools better, safer, more positive environments

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 — MIAMI LAKES, Flor. - Hero K12 is launching a new growth initiative of investments, acquisitions, and integrations of early and mid-stage education technology companies. The result will be a set of integrated applications working to make schools better, safer places to work, learn, and grow. Education technology executive, Oliver Wreford, has joined the Hero K12 leadership team as chief product and strategy officer to drive Hero's acquisition and investment efforts. Click to Tweet.

The intent of this effort is to build a platform of companies that work together to solve broader challenges schools face and which focus on connecting stakeholders within the school community. Equipping educators with new types of data, analysis tools, and process automation can help them foster positive school cultures with improved learner outcomes and stronger communities.

Wreford joins Hero K12 from PowerSchool where he developed PowerSchool’s ISV partner program and helped to orchestrate PowerSchool’s $350 million sale by Pearson to Vista Equity Partners. He was also the principal orchestrator of seven recent merger and acquisition deals with PowerSchool over the last 18 months.

"Hero K12 users tell us that having an integrated solution will help them connect with all education stakeholders to foster a collaborative effort around better behavior and safer schools,” said Mark MacDonald, CEO of Hero K12. “Oliver will help us bring together like-minded companies and grow this community-minded effort of connecting educators, parents, and students to the same goal,” said MacDonald.

About Hero K12
With Hero K12, schools create a positive school climate and culture. Hero is a school-wide system to capture and collect data, and with the data, allow schools to replace traditional discipline policies with initiatives that emphasize and recognize positive behaviors. Classroom teachers, administration, parents and the students themselves all have significant impact on learner development. Meet school heroes and see their turnaround stories at HeroK12.com

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Summary: Hero K12 will invest in education technology that expands the breadth of solutions Hero offers to K-12 schools and helps make schools better, safer, more positive environments. New business development executive hired to lead effort.

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