Press Release • April 17, 2019 • Helsinki / San Francisco

Finnish education technology company Mightifier has joined the Safer Schools in America Impact Initiative, led by Global Grid for Learning (GG4L) and McREL. Through the partnership, Mightifier’s positive school culture program, which cultivates a safe and respectful learning environment while promoting student and teacher well-being, will be implemented in schools across the U.S., while driving impact research into school climate and safety.

Through the GG4L and McREL Safer Schools for America Impact Initiative grants, totaling $25M for education technologies and services, 500 eligible schools from 250 districts across the country will implement innovative products, including Mightifier’s school culture and safety program. The impact on school safety will be followed and reported quarterly by McREL over the next three years.


“We are excited to have Mightifier as part of our expanding ecosystem and pleased to offer their innovative Student Behavior Management solution as part of the GG4L Safer Schools Impact Initiative and the Safer Schools in America Grant Program,” says GG4L Chairman and CEO Robert Iskander. “Mightifier is a great addition to what we are trying to accomplish with this impact initiative”.

Data supported tools for student and teacher well-being

Co-created with Finnish teachers, school leaders, and students, Mightifier empowers students to practice “active empathy” by providing peer-to-peer positive feedback based on research-backed character strengths, including honesty, compassion, growth mindset, self-regulation, and social intelligence.

Cross-curricular activities enable teachers to integrate social and emotional learning (SEL) into the classroom. Teachers and school administrators are also provided with essential tools that provide detailed data and give valuable insight into school culture, while identifying potential issues around student safety and social isolation.

”There is a fundamental urgency to provide quality school safety research, and we are excited to participate in this important initiative,” adds Mervi Pänkäläinen, Mightifier’s founder and CEO.

“Traditionally, softer skills promoted with SEL programs have been considered difficult to measure, and it’s especially important at this point in time, with such increased focus on this topic, to demonstrate impact. The partnership with GG4L and McREL is a wonderful opportunity to follow how safe and encouraging learning environments impact student performance, safety, and overall well-being.”

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About Mightifier
Mightifier is an award-winning positive school culture and active empathy program based on research in positive psychology and social isolation. The program has been co-created with Finnish educators and students and has been used by Finnish schools since 2016. It’s also in use in schools across Hong Kong, gaining traction in the Asian market.

Mightifier has collaborated with schools to adopt the program for the U.S. market. Mightifier has been selected as one of the best Ideas from Europe and has represented Finland in the Global Finals of Creative Business Cup and Nordic EdTech Award competitions in 2017. Previously it has also received the prestigious Webby and Red Dot Design Awards.


About The Safer Schools in America Impact Initiative
The Safer Schools in America Impact Initiative, led by Global Grid for Learning (GG4L) and McREL, a Regional Educational Laboratory (REL), is an initiative developed by a national panel of experts to facilitate a positive school climate and incorporate conditions related to engagement, environment, and safety, with considerations for emotional and physical safety, anti-bullying, anti-substance abuse, emergency readiness, school building design, human variables as well as threats resulting from technology vulnerabilities.

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