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Messaging and Communication Are Not the Same Thing

  By Ellen Lee With changes happening daily in school systems, being proactive in communicating with parents is more important than ever. You’ve likely increased the frequency of your messaging to get everyone on the same page. So why does it feel like the information isn’t getting through? The reason has a lot to do

Best Practices for Parent Communication During COVID

  By Amanda Richards Especially during a time of crisis, there is not a “one size fits all” solution to parent communication during COVID-19. What may be the perfect amount of communication for one parent might be too much communication for another parent. Similarly, what one principal may feel is reasonable for communication may not

Use Technology to Boost Parent Communication

  By Erin Wing When I started teaching 1994, I had no computer in my classroom or at home. No email! Life in a pre-email teaching world definitely had its pros and cons, but teachers and parents today probably agree that technology has made communication easier. Here are just a few handy tech tools to

Is Your Emergency Response Plan Backed by the Right Communications Tools? 

  By Chuck Olson A student pulls a knife in a classroom. A child has an epileptic seizure in the hallway. Parents in a custody battle scream at each other in the school office. Police announce there’s an armed suspect in the neighborhood. The National Weather Service declares a tornado warning. Keeping students, faculty and

4 Steps for Mastering School-to-Home Communication

School-to-home communication, a key driver of parent engagement, has dramatically changed over the years. In past decades, schools rarely reached out to families unless there was an emergency or problem with a student. In fact, it was widely accepted that “no news is good news,” which forced parents and schools to act independently to support

Three Things to Know About Emergency Communication Platforms for Your School

When there’s a threat to your school, one of your top priorities is to notify authorities and communicate to students and staff how to stay safe. Every second counts, every communication must be fast and accurate, and every system must perform. Emergency communication platforms provide the foundation upon which your safety protocols are carried out.

7 Private School Communication Tactics

“I didn’t know that event was coming up!” “Oh, the school changed their policy on that?” “How do I sign up for (insert program here)?” Do your school faculty and administration members get comments along these lines from parents? Let me guess…your most common response to these types of questions or statements is, “We sent

Digital Signage for Schools

Modern technology is evolving every day. It is a part of most of our daily activities. School time should be no exception. Neither kids nor parents want to see old chalkboards. It is shown that students are a lot more enthusiastic about learning when the experience is interactive. Digital signage can bring that interactive experience

Improve School-to-Home Communications and Promote Student Success

Educating our youth to embody a lifelong Christian worldview and core Christian values (such as glorifying God, pursuing excellence in everything, and being a servant to others) is a fundamental principle of Christian schools. They can not only mold the environment to model Christ-like behavior but provide parents with the necessary tools to actively engage

5 Mistakes to Avoid in Parent Teacher Communication

When it comes to building an effective learning environment, parents and teachers need to work hand-in-hand to provide the best educational experience for learners. As much as parents work hard to ensure their children get the best education, teachers must also strive to build a sense of community between students’ home and school. This is

Valley Christian Schools Save Time & Money, Gain Efficiency

A school district that regularly graduates 100% of its students, with 98% continuing onto college, would seemingly have it all together. And while Valley Christian Schools boasted those staggering academic successes, it also struggled with an inefficient grading system, manual, time-consuming processes, inconsistent information for students, and parent frustration due to delayed and inconsistent reporting.

Top 5 Uses of Digital Signage for Schools

Digital signage can help bring an entire school together. It’s bright, colorful, and easily noticed! Built with LEDs, these signs are simple to program with the exact message you want. LED signs go far beyond just informing your students and faculty. They help to include your local community in events, celebrate school achievements, and can

Technology Tools Are Transforming Special Education

By Nickey Pietila From custom-designed solutions to common devices, technology empowers students in special education to reach new heights. Some of the most impactful applications of technology in special education are tailored to specific needs, but ordinary, everyday tech tools also hold great potential. Let’s see how technology, both custom built and commonplace, can be

Master Your Email Newsletter with These 7 Simple Tips

By Mia Major Are your email open rates down? Do your parents complain they’re getting emails with information that has nothing to do with them? Have you made some grammar mistakes your co-worker won’t let you forget? Don’t worry; we’ve all been there. Email newsletters are one of the most popular types of communication for
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