About 2017-11-14T12:48:38+00:00

Our Story

Who We Are

We are Educators and Technologists with decades of experience in the classroom. This began as an idea for our public school district. We’ve grown as other districts embraced our framework and product vision for creating simple and effective education apps.

Abre Grew From A Need

With the significant growth in devices deployed to students and the number of software applications adopted by schools the complexity of managing it all is at an all-time high. Moreover, for many of the most important functions of a school’s software there is no modern alternatives. Dated, inefficient software coupled with locked-down data means schools put much more into their software then they get back in value. Abre has grown from a need to change the value formula for school’s software investments.

The web is a platform for delivering applications. Programs such as Google Apps, gradebooks, learning management software (LMS) are all accessed via the Internet.

Abre is open.

As in open source. The code is available for all to see, use, and modify for their systems. We believe learning works best when working towards a tangible end goal. We encourage students, staff, and the community at large to build apps that fit their particular needs. School communities guide Abre’s product direction.

We identify with the Open Source Initiative’s mission statement.

Open source is a development method for software that harnesses the power of distributed peer review and transparency of process. The promise of open source is higher quality, better reliability, greater flexibility, lower cost, and an end to predatory vendor lock-in.

Abre works with other applications.

Integrations with other apps are the key to unlocking important information and makes every Abre application better. Abre integrates particularly well with G Suite for Education. From single sign on to integration with Google Drive, Gmail, and Google Classroom; Abre fits with the Google Apps ecosystem.

Integrations are available for Office 365, WordPress, common learning management systems (Schoology, Moodle, etc.), and student information systems.

Abre is modular.

Abre encourages creation. Often a district has a need but no application. Equally likely, there is a solution but it’s really only 1/2 a solution and this solution adds layers of complexity to the end user. Abre provides a framework for creating education apps specific to a district.

Abre follows modern web standards and is web based.

There is a strong tendency for software companies that provide education products to not change. Dated software carries a host of issues – from functionality to aesthetic design. Abre follows Google’s Material Design standards. It runs on the web in any modern web browser. You do not need to download software to run applications.

Abre Team

We are Educators and Technologists with decades of experience in the classroom.

Damon Ragusa
CEO

Chris Rose
VP Product
Co-Founder

Zach Vander Veen
Abre Evangelist
Co-Founder

Don Aicklen
VP Sales &
Customer Support

Want to Learn More?

An Abre representative will gladly walk you through available plans, key features, case studies, best practices on implementation and more. Email or call us to sign up for a demo!

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(513) 713-1609