Award winning WBME on a mission
How we make it real
Ripple Effects makes it real by providing affordable, trauma-informed, culturally responsive, personalized, evidence-based, digital tools for delivery of social-emotional-behavioral supports and training for both students and staff. Each user can enter through the door of their most pressing concern. A highly accomplished, multi-disciplinary Advisory Board and widely diverse group of Student Contributors help us figure out what to do, and how, and when.
The values we hold
Ultimately we are in the business of promoting personal and social integrity. Thus it’s more important than for most companies that we walk our talk and model the values we believe in. They include a commitment to excellence, to working for educational equity, evaluating real world efficacy of all our products, providing genuine engagement – without gimmicks – to our users, and holding ourselves to high ethical standards, individually and as an organization. Here’s what we mean by all that.
Quality matters at Ripple Effects, not only in the products we develop, but in the services we offer and the relationships we have with each other. Every program we’ve introduced has either won, or been a finalist for at least one major award, earning us 35 awards from five separate industries; the most recent being the Top TWA Pick of 2016 by Teachers with Apps. Ripple Effects as an organization and CEO, Alice Ray, have also received major awards for entrepreneurial business success, and social leadership.
Before being put on the market, Ripple Effects products are tested in real world settings to make sure they can work. Both government-vetted scientific studies and day-to- day evaluation by actual users demonstrate that, if clients use Ripple Effects, it will work. Because it works for so many people under so many conditions of use, we are able to offer a money back guarantee of positive outcomes, when used as directed.
We believe that gaining true equity for the disenfranchised is a key part of reducing social injury, from both victim and perpetrator perspectives. That’s why Ripple Effects includes skill training for addressing equity issues – racial equity, economic justice, civil rights for gay and transgender youth, inclusion for people with disabilities, and protection of religious freedom – along with trauma-informed, context-specific, personal problem solving, and more traditional social-emotional skill training in our programs. Keep up with our ongoing work to promote social justice.
It’s become almost a truism that digital products are either engaging and easy to use, or evidence-based and effective. Ripple Effects digital SEL tools are both. The genuine engagement doesn’t come from the latest electronic bells and whistles, but from deeply involving users in the very personalized process of solving the social-emotional mysteries of their own lives. The tech is engaging, because it is authentic and focused on the one thing that is most important to everyone – themselves.
Ethics in Business
A commitment to honesty, integrity, and the empowerment of others is what drives Ripple Effects’ business decisions. Being a double bottom line business means being equally committed to the social mission and to good business practices. We serve the interests of a wide spectrum of stakeholders: young learners most of all, angel investors for sure, but also education, health and justice organizations, their administrators, teachers, parents, community interest groups, the earth that hosts us, and of course, our own staff. The Better Business Bureau, a non-profit organization that works to keep trust in the marketplace on behalf of consumers, has awarded Ripple Effects an A+ rating.
Core team: diverse, experienced, nimble, accomplished
Youth collaborators from Oakland to Appalachia
Diverse youth from Appalachia to Oakland have contributed their true stories, acting, voice talent, content review and production assistance to the development of Ripple Effects interventions. Children as young as four, and youth through their early twenties are a continuing part of our creative community.
Ripple Effects Advisory Board
A strong group of social scientists, educators, technologists, community activists, and civil rights advocates help guide us to the right choices at the right times. We are grateful for the insights of:
Kriste Dragon – Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Citizens of the World Charter Schools
Maurice Elias – Author, Edutopia blogger, professor, international leader in SEL in education movement
Alex Hernandez – Prominent Ed Tech Blogger and Partner in Charter School Growth Fund
Kathy Hurley – Co-founder, Girls Thinking Global, Author, former Pearson Education Executive
Robert Kirton – Leader in boosting achievement of AfAm males and Special Needs students
Richard Nyankori – Co-founder, Education Leaders of Color (EdLoc), Executive VP, Insight Education
Chris Thorman – Technology guru and architect of original Whole Spectrum Learning Platform
Rajiv Vinnakota, Co-founder, SEED Foundation, Executive VP, Youth & Engagement Program, Aspen Institute