Kadem Education

Our Why

Teachers have the greatest impact on the success of every student’s learning journey, and creating a

healthy school culture is fundamental to their support.

Our Story

Our passionate group formed with the recognition that teachers are vitally important--and we have been witnessing an alarming increase in the numbers of teachers who are leaving the profession.  This simply isn't good.


Using research and experiences from nationally renowned educational leaders, we focused on this challenge. 


The research is clear that school culture factors are important for teachers to grow, develop, and stay in the profession.


We’ve identified and defined the core drivers of healthy school culture. 


By using teacher voice and agency to develop a healthy school culture, teachers and principals can design solutions using the professional expertise and talent of teachers and leaders through real-time formative school culture data.


We believe improving teaching and learning is done through an intentional inquiry process creating collective action and collective responsibility.

Our People

David R. Shafer

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Co-Founder:  Mr. Shafer has served as a successful entrepreneur and business leader for over two decades.  He has started several successful companies in the education and entertainment markets including Frontline Education and the Skycam aerial robotic camera system.

Robert R. Neu, Ed.S.

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Co-Founder:  Mr. Neu is a speaker and entrepreneur who has served as a teacher, coach, principal, and superintendent in Michigan, Washington State and Oklahoma.  He has been recognized for his work in educational leadership, reform initiatives in equity, and diversity.

Philip D. Lanoue, Ph.D.

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Co-Founder:  Dr. Lanoue is an author, speaker, and entrepreneur.  He has served as a teacher, principal, & superintendent recognized in 2015 as AASA's National Superintendent of the Year as well as the 2015 Georgia Superintendent of the Year.  

Sally J. Zepeda, Ph.D.

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Advisor:  Dr. Zepeda is a professor at the University of Georgia in the Department of Lifelong Education, Administration, and Policy.  Dr. Zepeda has written 32 books and countless articles and book chapters, and she continues to work extensively with school districts in the United States and internationally. 

Richard M. Ingersoll, Ph.D.

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Advisor:  Dr. Ingersoll is a Professor of Education and Sociology at University of Pennsylvania where his research is concerned with the character of elementary and secondary schools as workplaces, teachers as employees and teaching as a job. He has published over 100 articles, reports, chapters, and essays.

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MyVoice Terms & Conditions

Kadem Education, LLC (“Kadem”), is a Delaware limited liability company that provides a range of solutions and services (“Services”) to organizations directly or indirectly affiliated with education (“Client”).  The Customer Agreement executed through the signature of an authorized representative along with these Terms and Conditions, all of which are incorporated by reference, and collectively called the “Agreement,” are  a binding agreement between Kadem and the Client.  All individuals authorized by the Client to use and access the Services and the MyVoice Platform (“Platform”) or who access Services and Platform on Client’s behalf, as stated in these Term and Conditions, are also collectively referred to as “Client.”

Services & Support:  Subject to the terms of this Agreement, Kadem will use commercially reasonable efforts to provide the Client with services and reasonable technical support during normally acceptable business operating hours Monday-Friday.

Restrictions & Responsibilities:  The Client will not directly or indirectly reverse engineer, decompile, disassemble or otherwise attempt to discover the source code, object code or underlying structure, ideas, know-how or algorithms relevant to the Platform or any software, documentation, or data related to the Platform or modify, translate, or create derivative works based on the Services or Platform (except to the extent expressly permitted by Kadem or authorized within the Services); use the Services or any part of the Platform otherwise for the benefit of a third party; or remove any proprietary notices or labels.  With respect to any Materials or the Platform that is provided to the Client for use on Client premises or devices, Kadem hereby grants Client a non-exclusive, non-transferable, non-sublicensable license to use such during the Term only in connection with the Services.  Client represents, covenants and warrants that Client will use the Services and Platform only in compliance with Kadem’s regulations. The Client hereby agrees to indemnify and hold Kadem harmless against any damages, losses, liabilities, settlements, and expenses (including without limitation costs and attorneys’ fees) in connection with any claim or action that arises from an alleged violation of the foregoing or otherwise from Client’s use of Services.  Although Kadem has no obligation to monitor Client’s use of the Services or Platform, Kadem may do so and may prohibit any use it believes may be (or alleged to be) in violation of the foregoing.  The Client shall be responsible for obtaining and maintaining any equipment and ancillary services needed to connect to, access, or otherwise use the Services and Platform, including, without limitation, hardware, servers, software, operating systems, networking, web servers, and the like (collectively, “Equipment”).  The Client shall also be responsible for maintaining the security of the Equipment, Client account, passwords (including but not limited to administrative and user passwords) and files, and for all uses of Client accounts or the Equipment with or without Client’s knowledge or consent.

Confidentiality & Proprietary Rights:  Proprietary Information of the Client includes non-public data provided by the Client to Kadem to enable the provision of the Services and Platform. Proprietary Information of Kadem includes non-public information regarding features, functionality, and performance of the Service and Platform.  The Client shall own all right, title, and interest in and to the Client Data provided by the Services and reporting generated from the Platform and Services.  Kadem shall have the right to collect and analyze data obtained from the Platform and Services for development, diagnostic, research, reporting, and improvement purposes. Kadem may disclose such data solely in aggregate or other de-identified forms in connection with its business.

Privacy: In the course of using the Services, Client may submit content to Kadem (including Client personal data or the personal data of others), or third parties may submit content to Client through the Services (all of the above will be referred to as your “Content”). We know that by giving Kadem Client Content, Client is trusting Kadem to treat it appropriately. Kadem’s Privacy Policy, together with any Service-specific privacy notices or statements (collectively, “Kadem privacy policies”), detail how Kadem treats Client Content and Kadem agrees to adhere to those Kadem privacy policies. Client in turn agrees that Kadem may use and share Client Content in accordance with the Kadem privacy policies and applicable data protection laws. 

Confidentiality: Kadem Education will treat Client Content as confidential information and only use and disclose it in accordance with these Terms (including the Kadem privacy policies). However, Client Content is not regarded as confidential information and the MyVoice Platform collects no Personal or Sensitive Information (PSI)  if such Content: (a) is or becomes public (other than through a breach of these Terms by Kadem); (b) was lawfully known to Kadem before receiving it from Client; (c) is received by Kadem from a third party without knowledge of breach of any obligation owed to Client; (d) is shared in the context of Client account being migrated to an organization’s Enterprise account, if Client account is registered using a work email address within that organization; or (e) was independently developed by Kadem without reference to Client Content. Kadem may disclose Client Content when required by law or legal process, but only after Kadem, if permitted by law, uses commercially reasonable efforts to notify Client to give Client the opportunity to challenge the requirement to disclose.

Security: Kadem will store and process Client Content in a manner consistent with industry security standards. Kadem Education has implemented appropriate technical, organizational, and administrative systems, policies, and procedures designed to help ensure the security, integrity, and confidentiality of Client Content and to mitigate the risk of unauthorized access to or use of Client Content.  Kadem leverages various secure cloud technologies from industry leading providers to ensure security standards are continually refined.

If Kadem becomes aware of any unauthorized or unlawful access to, or acquisition, alteration, use, disclosure, or destruction of, personal data related to Client account (“Security Incident”), Kadem will take reasonable steps to notify you without undue delay, but in any event within 72 hours of becoming aware of the Security Incident. Kadem will also reasonably cooperate with Client with respect to any investigations relating to a Security Incident with preparing any required notices, and provide any other information reasonably requested by the Client in relation to any Security Incident, where such information is not already available to Client in Client account or online through updates provided by Kadem.

Payment:  Client will pay Kadem the then applicable fees described in the Service Agreement for the Services and Implementation/Launch Services in accordance with the terms therein (the “Fees”).  If Client’s use of the Services exceeds the Service Capacity set forth in the Order Form or otherwise requires the payment of additional fees (per the terms of this Agreement), Client shall be billed for such usage and Client agrees to pay the additional fees in the manner provided herein.  Kadem reserves the right to change the Fees or applicable charges and to institute new charges and fees at the end of the Initial term or then‑current renewal term, upon thirty (30) days prior notice to Client (which may be sent by email).   Full payment for invoices issued must be received by Kadem within thirty (30) days after the mailing date of the invoice.  Unpaid amounts are subject to a finance charge of 1.5% per month on any outstanding balance, or the maximum permitted by law, whichever is lower, plus all expenses of collection and may result in immediate termination of Service. Client shall be responsible for all taxes associated with the Services provided by Kadem.

Term and Termination:  Subject to earlier termination as provided below, this Agreement is for the Initial Term as referred to in the Service Agreement, and shall be automatically renewed for additional periods of the same duration as the Initial Service Term (collectively, the “Term”), unless either party requests termination at least thirty (30) days prior to the end of the then-current term.  In addition to any other remedies it may have, either party may also terminate this Agreement upon thirty (30) days’ notice (or without notice in the case of nonpayment), if the other party materially breaches any of the terms or conditions of this Agreement.  Client will pay in full for the Services up to and including the last day on which the Services are provided.  All sections of this Agreement which by their nature should survive termination shall survive termination, including, without limitation, accrued rights to payment, confidentiality obligations, warranty disclaimers, and limitations of liability.

Warranty & Disclaimer:  Kadem shall use reasonable efforts consistent with prevailing industry standards to maintain the Services and Platform in a manner which minimizes errors and interruptions in the Services and shall perform the Implementation Services in a professional and workmanlike manner.  Services may be temporarily unavailable for scheduled maintenance or for unscheduled emergency maintenance, either by Kadem or by third-party providers, or because of other causes beyond Kadem’s reasonable control, but Kadem shall use reasonable efforts to provide advance notice in writing or by email of any scheduled service disruption.  However, Kadem does not warrant that the Services will be uninterrupted or error-free; nor does it make any warranty as to the results that may be obtained from the use of the Services.  EXCEPT AS EXPRESSLY SET FORTH IN THIS SECTION, THE SERVICES AND IMPLEMENTATION SERVICES ARE PROVIDED “AS IS” AND KADEM EDUCATION DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, the IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT.

Indemnity:  Kadem shall hold Client harmless from liability to third parties resulting from infringement by the Service of any United States patent or any copyright or misappropriation of any trade secret, provided Kadem is promptly notified of any and all threats, claims and proceedings related thereto and given reasonable assistance and the opportunity to assume sole control over defense and settlement; Kadem will not be responsible for any settlement it does not approve in writing.  The foregoing obligations do not apply with respect to portions or components of the Service (i) not supplied by Kadem, (ii) made in whole or in part in accordance with Client specifications, (iii) that are modified after delivery by Kadem, (iv) combined with other products, processes, or materials where the alleged infringement relates to such combination, (v) where Client continues allegedly infringing activity after being notified thereof or after being informed of modifications that would have avoided the alleged infringement, or (vi) where Client’s use of the Service is not strictly in accordance with this Agreement.  If, due to a claim of infringement, the Services are held by a court of competent jurisdiction to be or are believed by Kadem to be infringing, Kadem may, at its option and expense (a) replace or modify the Service to be non-infringing provided that such modification or replacement contains substantially similar features and functionality, (b) obtain for Client a license to continue using the Service, or (c) if neither of the foregoing is commercially practicable, terminate this Agreement and Customer’s rights hereunder and provide Client a refund of any prepaid, unused fees for the Service.

LIMITATION OF LIABILITY:  NOTWITHSTANDING ANYTHING TO THE CONTRARY, EXCEPT FOR BODILY INJURY OF A PERSON, KADEM AND ITS SUPPLIERS (INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO ALL EQUIPMENT AND TECHNOLOGY SUPPLIERS), OFFICERS, AFFILIATES, REPRESENTATIVES, CONTRACTORS AND EMPLOYEES SHALL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE WITH RESPECT TO ANY SUBJECT MATTER OF THIS AGREEMENT OR TERMS AND CONDITIONS RELATED THERETO UNDER ANY CONTRACT, NEGLIGENCE, STRICT LIABILITY OR OTHER THEORY: (A) FOR ERROR OR INTERRUPTION OF USE OR FOR LOSS OR INACCURACY OR CORRUPTION OF DATA OR COST OF PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS, SERVICES OR TECHNOLOGY OR LOSS OF BUSINESS; (B) FOR ANY INDIRECT, EXEMPLARY, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES; (C) FOR ANY MATTER BEYOND KADEM’S REASONABLE CONTROL; OR (D) FOR ANY AMOUNTS THAT, TOGETHER WITH AMOUNTS ASSOCIATED WITH ALL OTHER CLAIMS, EXCEED THE FEES PAID BY CLIENT TO KADEM EDUCATION FOR THE SERVICES UNDER THIS AGREEMENT IN THE 12 MONTHS PRIOR TO THE ACT THAT GAVE RISE TO THE LIABILITY, IN EACH CASE, WHETHER OR NOT KADEM HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.