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May 17th, 2022

From Contentious to Collaborative: Having difficult communication with families

Ms. Perry, a first-year teacher to second graders, is anxious about calling the home of one of her students, Ismael. Ismael is consistently falling asleep in class, and Ms. Perry suspects it may have something to do with Ismael’s at-home routines. She doesn’t want to come across as blameful, but she’s concerned about Ismael’s school success if the pattern continues.
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May 2nd, 2022

Ending the School Year Strong: Sustaining Powerful Family Engagement

The end of the school year is a funny thing. For months, it seems so far away. Then, inevitably, it’s here — along with the many details of successfully closing out an academic year. As a result, many of us find ourselves with more than just a handful of loose ends to tie up in these final days before the
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April 13th, 2022

The Impact of Parent Engagement on Improved Student Outcomes

This summary is derived from a book titled Organizing Schools for Improvement.  This book is a synthesis of longitudinal research conducted by the Chicago Consortium for School Research (CCSR) and is considered its seminal publication.  CCSR has been studying school reform in Chicago for more than 2 decades under a partnership between the University of Chicago and Chicago Public Schools. 
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April 5th, 2022

Why Don’t They Read My Messages

Educational professionals know that effectively communicating with the school community drives successful learning. However, sending your communication is only half the battle. Two-way communication with parents is essential. So how do you encourage parents and stakeholders to read and engage with your messages? Here are three high-impact questions to propel your school or district’s communication efforts: Who’s listening (or not)?
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March 22nd, 2022

How Engagement Has Changed Over The Past Two Years

Since the pandemic began, districts have changed their school engagement plans to meet a new world that blends the web with real life. Dialogue among districts, students and their families has improved in many districts using virtual tools. This blend allows them to reach each other in many spaces and at many levels. A stronger bond between schools and families
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February 23rd, 2022

Get Positive News Out To Families!

Crisis information and need-to-know alerts can dominate lines of communication between schools and families. These important missives are essential and mandatory to ensure the health and safety of the community. However, like any relationship, dialogue should be more than one tone. To lift and facilitate deeper parent engagement, positive messaging interspersed within the flow of routine school news is a
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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 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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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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