I have read several posts about what people are doing to reach parents and I definitely feel a bit behind. This has been a continuing issue for my school. Although we have seen improvements, I believe we have a long way to go.
What do we presently do?
- We use daily agendas. Student’s write important messages about what they have done or homework they may have to complete. It’s a place to communicate back and forth with parents.
- We send home “paper” in the form of Newsletters and notes.
- We communicate monthly positive messages to parents (through agenda, handwritten note, email, phone call, text). This has been one area that has really helped to begin to bridge the communication gap. It’s easier to connect with a teacher when it’s based on a positive comment and not a negative.
- We host a monthly – Student of the Month – where we honor students on their hard work and focus in school (they even get to eat pizza with the principal).
- We have a webpage for our school.
- We have a Facebook page. We post important notes, pictures of events, agendas for Parent Council, and links to our webpage.
- Some teachers have classroom blog sites where they can share with students and parents what they are doing in their class.
Where do I feel we need to go? I would like to start a Twitter feed for our school. Being a “newly” connected educator, I see the value of quick short messages and links to get information. I would like to share the positive things that are happening in our school more regularly using social media. I could see starting a blog site for our school and posting interviews, pictures, and messages from students. The possibilities are endless.
It has been great reading about what other schools are doing to connect to parents. I believe the more creative ways we try to reach out, the more parents we will begin to connect with. It is so important to get our parents involved in what we do!