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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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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 5th, 2021

How Schools Can Use an Engagement Platform to Enhance Their Brand

A brand is not merely a logo, nor is it a glossy strategy to convince audiences to engage with a product or organization . A brand is something that everyone can feel united under using the power of connection and shared values. This is what a school brand is — an authentic story of what an institution is at its
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August 4th, 2021

Most Guardians Are Not Disengaged By Choice

There is no doubt that effective communications between parents and schools contribute to a student’s successful education. However, it’s hard for some families to connect with teachers and schools. Barriers like language, access, and adult literacy create a gap in parent-school communication and can leave parents feeling frustrated. So, how do you reach these out-of-touch parents? and are they disengaged
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July 26th, 2021

Accessibility is Key to Family Engagement and Student Success

You think you are reaching all the families in your district – but are you? (Hint: you’re not!) Traditionally, trying to connect with families has resorted to three, unreliable channels of communication – email, robocalls, and most recently, texting solutions. With little success and the added challenges of remote learning, districts needed a communication solution that was easily accessible to
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July 10th, 2021

Information Overload From Too Many School Communications Sources

We’ve all experienced a rise in school communications sources in the past decade. Thanks to social media sites and applications, text messaging, and video chat, we are more connected today than ever before. Schools have moved from using traditional solutions like letters, visits and phone calls to texts, websites, applications and emails. Teachers and principals have started picking up on
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June 4th, 2021

How To Achieve 100% Family Activation

How do you build a strong school community when you’re only reaching half of the families? Short answer: you can’t. Each member brings not only their strengths but also their personal perspectives to the table to better the community. That’s why reaching every member is a must, but as school administrators know – that is harder than it sounds. Ever-changing
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April 30th, 2021

The Power of Two-Way Communication

When you think about family engagement, what comes to mind? Probably coming to ‘Meet the Teacher Night’, participating in school events, or volunteering to stay involved – but what you don’t think about is the power of two-way communication and how it can boost engagement. Direct, two-way communication is essential to family engagement and parental involvement. The term “Parental Involvement”,
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