We are on the cusp of the new school year, and that means keeping parents updated on all the upcoming events, progress reports, deadlines and other school news about which they need to be aware. Question is: how will you communicate that information? These days, so many tools abound that you can use to quickly spread information! Will you use the tried-and-true methods, will you venture out and try new tools or will you stick with the ones you prefer?
Whatever your choice, you really should consider surveying your community first to make sure you use the tools through which they want to receive information. For example, you may love Facebook, but if your parents don't use it, you'll be wasting valuable time populating a site nobody is reading.
So what are some other great tools you could be using to creatively reach your parents and guardians?
But don't forget: even with modern, convenient technology, often, face-to-face visits are worth more than all these tools combined. Always make sure your families know you have an open-door policy and feel comfortable coming to talk to you about important matters.
I recently had a conversation with a teacher on professional development, and she commented that the training was good but "There was no food--not even a candy mint.” This might seem trivial to some, but in her mind, it meant she was not appreciated. Not that food really adds to a PD, but as we all know, it IS the little things that matter.
A list of scholarships, contests, grants, events and other important opportunities for educators.
Recently at a school lawyers’ conference, the topic of school website accessibility compliance was discussed. To be honest, I hadn’t had previous occasion to think about this. In case you haven’t either, you should be aware that the protections afforded by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) extend to websites.
It’s finally fall, y’all! I know you’ve been busy with teacher evaluations, data analysis, sports events--the list goes on. It can absolutely be overwhelming, but we are always here to help. Many of you use the NWEA MAP assessment to measure student growth, which provides powerful data to help you set your instructional priorities and create student interventions.