Welcome back! I hope you have had time to rejuvenate and get revved up for the second half of the school year. You may have also had time to reflect on changes you would like to make or things upon which you would like to improve, and parent communication and engagement may be one of those. Now is the perfect time to re-engage your parents and keep them active and informed of the goings-on in your schools, and there are many ways to do this. Below are just a few, but if you have a particularly successful method you would like to share with others, please contact me, and I'll make sure to publish in an upcoming newsletter. I hope these options help, and if you need any assistance implementing them, just holler!
ParentSquare: This app aims to improve communication, organization, and engagement between parents and schools. Parents can access posts, events, photos, files, and a directory on the site. School administrators and teachers can post polls and use two-way messaging via the Web, email, and text messages. For a fee, users can send voice messages via text to parents. In the posts, administrators can see how many parents viewed the post, ask for items, request volunteers, get RSVPs, or even fundraise. Events are integrated right into the school calendar.
School Messenger: This resource combines school notification, mobile apps, and web content management all under one, easy-to-use platform. Designed to work together from the start, this school communication systems save time and provide more immediate, thorough engagement with your community.
Are you considering all voices for your school's/district's communication efforts?
As our political process recently played out on both national and state levels, there are even MORE questions surrounding the future of EDUCATION. And while I have to trust priority issues (currently low compensation for educators) will be addressed and effectively dealt with, I thought I would share a recently-posted article by Express Employment Professionals.
Let your teachers have a voice! Why not?? In the past week I have read two articles that both stated teachers need more autonomy within their classrooms. Frank Bruni quoted Randi Weingarten, American Federation of Teachers president, in an August 12, 2015 Wall Street Journal Op-Ed column.
Now that the session is over, we can finally finish sifting through all the new and changed laws that will affect our schools. I’ve compiled a spreadsheet of bills that passed, with a brief summary of each.