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.
As you think about your to-do list for the beginning of next school year, please ensure your employees—all of them, whether administrators, teachers or support staff—are furnished with any and all employment-related materials when they report for duty.
My husband and I have been moving this past month, and now that we're semi-settled into the new homestead, I've had to update our address and contact info on all our personal accounts.
Anyone can eat an elephant… one bite at a time! One of my mentor teachers told me this early in my career, and it is a mantra I use in just about every facet of my life but more often than not in an educational setting.
In your preparation for the upcoming school year, are you thinking about how to better engage your parents? We all know how difficult that can be with everyone's hectic personal and work schedules, but it's essential to keep your parents informed.