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Paget Hetherington

Paget Hetherington has empowered children to achieve academic success throughout her career, leading sales and marketing efforts for global publishing and EdTech companies. As the vice president of Marketing, Paget’s focus is spreading Gaggle’s message to school districts across the country, helping to promote the safety and well-being of students while ensuring that schools are a secure environment for children to learn and thrive. Prior to Gaggle, Paget led marketing efforts with industry sector leaders VitalSource, Mimio, Lexia Learning, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Dorling Kindersley, and Vivendi Universal Publishing.
27 Mar 2023

Our Girls, Our Kids Are Suffering.

The number of students with challenging mental health situations is increasing. It continues to be a serious crisis—particularly for teen girls.

By     Paget Hetherington
06 May 2022

What We Stand For

Here at Gaggle, we believe that all schools should be safe and all students should get the mental and emotional help they need. Our mission is to help...

By     Paget Hetherington
04 May 2022

The Gaggle Safety Team: The Heart of Student Safety

As our nation struggles with the crisis in youth suicide and mental health, school leaders nationwide are investing in tools and programs to help prot...

By     Paget Hetherington
22 Dec 2021

Surgeon General Issues Public Health Advisory: 6,600+ Youth Died by Suicide in 2020

Back in October, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), and the Children’s Hospi...

By     Paget Hetherington
02 Nov 2021

National State of Emergency Declared for Children’s Mental Health

On October 19, 2021, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), and the Children’s H...

By     Paget Hetherington
09 Sep 2021

Honoring Our K-12 Heroes

This summer, eSchool News announced the K-12 Hero Awards program to honor educators who brought students through the COVID-19 crisis. The past two sch...

By     Paget Hetherington
04 May 2021

Disrupting School Violence: New Secret Service Report Offers Tips for Educators

The U.S. Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center (NTAC) recently released a report analyzing 67 disrupted plots against K-12 schools from 200...

By     Paget Hetherington
30 Apr 2021

Education in a Biden Administration

It’s no secret that 2020 was an unusual year that changed the education landscape. Now that we’re well into 2021, educators across the country are won...

By     Paget Hetherington
12 Feb 2021

The Risks of Social Media Pressure: Keeping Teens Safe

Almost every teenager in the U.S. has personal access to a device with a camera, and the COVID-19 pandemic has made using that camera more useful than...

By     Paget Hetherington
28 Jan 2021

Data Privacy: Are Your Students Secure?

With so many students learning remotely as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has never been a more critical time for districts to focus on stud...

By     Paget Hetherington

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