RISE: Removing barriers in special education.

With our 20+ years of expertise in the special education space, combined with deep client relationships, we have been able to develop powerful training programs and Student Services and IEP software.

Our roots in special education have personal meaning to each of us. Our founders, DJ and Rick Cunningham’s personal and professional journeys with learning disabilities have solidified our mission to focus on increasing efficiencies, fostering independence, and scaling to meet both the educator’s needs and students’ unique learning needs.

DJ Cunningham

"Together, we can ensure we change this world by giving the students the opportunity to be all they can be."
– DJ Cunningham​

At RISE, we have a passion for helping people learn more effectively and achieve their life goals through growing their confidence and developing their resiliency. We customize our tools for our clients and their learners so together we can drive the future of innovative learning for all.

We firmly believe that all students can succeed.

RISE focuses on supporting student success with intelligent software that is designed to support the individual learning needs of each student.

DJ Cunningham

A video message from DJ, our CEO.

"I’ve always had a passion for helping people learn more effectively and achieve their life goals."
– DJ Cunningham

Educators, like you, who teach students with special education learning needs have the responsibility for a variety of Student Service processes, tracking and management. One element of RISE is IEP planning, implementing and monitoring educational plans to promote student success. These responsibilities can be a heavy weight, especially with the pressure of time and technology limitations.

RISE allows teachers to focus on what students need to learn and what teachers need to teach.

With a proven track record in promoting and achieving student success, we offer educators the ultimate compliant and secure Student Services and IEP planning software that is easy to use, straightforward and stress-free.

Together we share the goal of making the Student Services and IEP writing processes as efficient and effective so we can give teachers like you even more time to support their exceptional students. Moreover, its state-of-the-art intuitive text and sentiment analysis feature ensures that IEPs will be a thoughtful reflection of a student, contributing to their personal success.

RISE is a powerful tool that use technology for more impact from processes.

Celebrate December 2022 with us!

December 3: International Day of Persons with Disabilities
December 5: International Volunteer Day
December 7: Letter Writing Day
December 10: Human Rights Day
December 12: National Poinsettia Day

Meet our exceptionally talented team of ChangeMakers. We all love what we do, and together, we are ready to help students grow their confidence, develop resiliency and foster independence so they can reach their potential.

DJ Cunningham

DJ Cunningham

Chief Executive Officer

Rick Cunningham

Rick Cunningham

Chief Learning Officer

David Mahon

David Mahon

Managing Director

Grant Wilson

Grant Wilson

Vice President, Technology

Brenda Richardson

Brenda Richardson

Project Manager

Neil Boniferro

Project Manager

Graham Blenden

Graham Blenden

Senior Application Developer

Caleb Vandenburg

Junior Developer

Alex Page

Technology Specialist

Adam Morton

Adam Morton

Technology Specialist

Moe Chowdhury

Client Support Administrator

John Tideman

John Tideman

Education Partnership Manager

Emily DeRoche

Emily DeRoche

Account Manager

Kari Cooper

Kari Cooper

Account Manager

Kristen Ostrowski

Keirsten Pugh

Account Manager

Kristen Ostrowski

RISE Administrator

The successful relationships we’ve built over the years are what continue to drive us. Learn more about RISE or start a journey by contacting us.