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February 14th, 2022

Effective Communication For Title I Family Engagement

As we approach the 2022 National ESEA Conference, building family engagement in Title I districts and schools is at the top of our minds! Two-way communication between families and schools is crucial for student success. Such communication helps to increase the school-home connection, which can help bridge gaps in achievement and create an effective partnership between families and school staff.
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January 25th, 2022

Proven Practices for Engaging Classroom Volunteers

Even the most respected and veteran teachers can use extra help in the classroom. Parent volunteers are a great resource for teachers. Their involvement demonstrates to children the value and importance of education. Additionally, it helps to build relationships between guardians and teachers and lets the guardians know that they are welcome, respected members of the community. Studies show that
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January 12th, 2022

Four Ways to Include Staff in Your Family Communication

Fostering strong and effective communication among teachers, administrators and families is critical to student achievement and success. But as the adage goes, it takes a village to raise a child. So many others are involved in the school environment besides teachers and administrators. Effective communication is vital to building trust and maintaining positive partnerships with families. So, you want to
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January 3rd, 2022

Starting the Year Off Strong – Investing in your school communication strategy

Every year, people make New Year’s resolutions to improve their lives with commitments to bettering themselves. These resolutions can help people reset their intentions in positive ways. When all is said and done, we all want to start the year strong. School districts can do the same thing. Your schools can use the new year to reset their relationships with
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December 13th, 2021

Combating the Slump : Staying engaged during a break

Winter break is around the corner! Thoughts are turning from lesson plans, grades, and tests to gifts, holiday movies, and time with family. Our natural inclinations as educators are to place our engagement tools on “do not disturb” during the holiday season. It is fair to feel that way, given that the start of the ‘21-’22 school year has been
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December 8th, 2021

Your Communication Report Card and the Importance of Data in Your School’s Communication Strategy

It’s that time of year already! Students are receiving their progress reports, but has your school checked its communications report card? How much visibility do you have on how your school’s communication strategy is performing? Are you able to see which guardians have seen a message or who has not engaged in a while? If you can’t, you are missing
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November 22nd, 2021

Improve School Communications – Lighten Your Staff’s Load

One of the most troubling issues facing school districts in recent years has been school staff shortages . These shortages have affected teachers, bus drivers and all other members of your district staff. This means that everyone from teachers to district admin is likely covering more shifts and duties like lunch breaks, recess, and pick-up and drop-off. They may even
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November 5th, 2021

More than the Content of the Classroom: Social Emotional Learning and Communication with Guardians

The recent school years have been emotionally draining with health stressors, social-political tension, and strained remote learning situations. How are you and other teachers working with and guiding students on dealing with the emotional weight? Many methods are used to meet the ‘whole child’ in the classroom; Social Emotional Learning (SEL) can be one.  Learning as a Whole   The
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October 25th, 2021

Communication Accommodations for Parents and Guardians – Meeting their needs

Not all students learn in the same way. Not all students have the same abilities or the same needs. In the classroom setting, we have programs, such as IEPs and 504s, in place that provide accommodations to students who demonstrate unmet needs. These are intended to remove barriers that exist between the student and learning. They help level  the playing
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