Featured image for “Communication Accommodations for Parents and Guardians – Meeting their needs”
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
Read More
Featured image for “SMS Texting versus Engagement Apps in School Communications”
October 5th, 2021

SMS Texting versus Engagement Apps in School Communications

In this age of technology, sending paper newsletters home with students is a defunct practice. To keep with modern times, today’s school systems are adopting digital solutions to connect teachers, students and families. In particular, text messaging has become a popular medium. Unfortunately, SMS texting is not designed to address the dynamic needs of a socially and economically diverse school
Read More
Featured image for “How Communications Foster Equitable Parent Engagement & Improve Equity and Diversity Efforts for Districts”
August 11th, 2021

How Communications Foster Equitable Parent Engagement & Improve Equity and Diversity Efforts for Districts

A district-wide equity and diversity plan is commonplace across the country. It’s also federally required for those schools receiving Title I funding to adhere to guidelines in The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in order to protect low-income and minority students in schools. Making sure that information and communications are available between parents, students, and schools is essential. And it’s
Read More
Featured image for “District Leaders Invest in Equity to Reshape Family Engagement”
June 15th, 2021

District Leaders Invest in Equity to Reshape Family Engagement

Successful family engagement has been linked to increases in attendance, academic achievement, health, social and emotional growth and even increased morale in teachers and staff,” says Abigail Emerson, host of the SchoolCNXT webinar for Equity & Family Engagement, “it helps to lay the foundation for an objectively successful school experience that opens up wonderful opportunities and a bright future for
Read More
Featured image for “Overcoming Adult Literacy Barriers to Engagement”
April 14th, 2021

Overcoming Adult Literacy Barriers to Engagement

Teachers and school staff, school administrators, and district communication teams expend a considerable amount of effort to ensure that they are able to reach all of the families they serve. They work hard to reach families who encounter various barriers. But what about guardians who face literacy challenges? Reaching these families can pose serious difficulty for two reasons: It is
Read More
Featured image for “Equity in Education”
April 6th, 2021

Equity in Education

As we start the new year with renewed energy, excited for what is to come, we would like to draw attention to the importance of a single word: “equity”. Equity means giving all families access to tools and resources in the ways they need it whereas equality refers to giving everyone the same resources. When families are able to engage
Read More
Featured image for “Involving All Families: When Logistics Get in the Way”
April 6th, 2021

Involving All Families: When Logistics Get in the Way

Sometimes you feel like you’ve heard it all: they have to work, they can’t find a sitter, they already know this information from their older child. It feels like the parents have more excuses than the kids! You send home letters, you prepare for back-to-school night, you prepare conference folders, and still there are some parents you’ve never even met.
Read More
Featured image for “Overcoming Language Barriers: 3 Things to Consider in 2021”
April 6th, 2021

Overcoming Language Barriers: 3 Things to Consider in 2021

Anyone who works in a school or school district knows the importance of engaging with students’ guardians. The benefits are researched and widely accepted, which drives you to do what it takes to reach your students’ families. But what about families who speak a language other than English? Are you able to reach them? Are they able to reach you?
Read More