Communicating Safety Plans with Parents

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It’s a parent’s worst nightmare: seeing news reports about school shootings and feeling powerless to protect their children. The threat of violence in schools is a very real concern for many parents, and it’s understandable that they would want to take steps to ensure their children’s safety. However, schools can take proactive steps to communicate […]

Your Reputation: What Do Parents Say?

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A school’s reputation is a critical factor in the recruitment and retention of students, teachers, and staff. Parents play a significant role in shaping a school’s reputation. When parents talk about their child’s school, they often focus on several key factors, including academic performance, teacher quality, and school culture. Their opinions and experiences with a […]

Building Trust Between Home and School

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Building trust between home and school is critical in creating a positive school culture, increasing student achievement, and promoting family engagement. When parents trust teachers and administrators, they are more likely to support the school, get involved in their child’s education, and advocate for the school within the community. Trust is also important for the […]

Beyond Parent-Teacher Conferences

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Parent-teacher conferences are a traditional way to engage families in their child’s education, but they are not always the most effective or preferred method for all families. Some parents may want to be more involved but do not know how to do so. Others may find it difficult to attend conferences due to work or […]

Impact of Community on Student Learning

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Education is more than just what happens inside the classroom. The community in which a school is located plays a crucial role in student success. A supportive and engaged community can have a significant impact on student learning outcomes. In this blog, we will explore the impact of community on student learning and how it […]

Fostering a Supportive School Climate

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Families play a crucial role in their child’s education, and it’s essential for schools to create an environment that makes them feel supported and engaged. When parents feel supported, they are more likely to be involved in their child’s education, which can lead to better outcomes for students. With some planning, schools can create a […]

Focusing on Family Strengths Encourages Engagement

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Fostering family engagement in K-12 schools is an essential component of promoting academic success and social-emotional growth for students. When families are engaged in their child’s education, they become an integral part of their child’s learning community, providing support, encouragement, and resources that help their child thrive. However, many families face barriers to engagement, such […]

Supporting Teachers with Family Engagement

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Family engagement is crucial for student success, but it is also beneficial for teachers. When teachers develop strong relationships with families, they gain valuable insights into their students’ backgrounds, learning styles, and interests. This information can help teachers make more informed instructional choices, resulting in improved learning outcomes for students. Supporting teachers with increased and […]

Families Are Your Biggest Allies

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Families are a crucial component of K-12 schools, and they can be a school’s biggest allies in supporting student learning and success. When families are involved and engaged in their child’s education, it can have a positive impact on both the child’s academic performance and the school community as a whole. Here are a few ways […]

Interactive Parent-Teacher Conferences

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Parent-teacher conferences are an important time for parents and teachers to come together and discuss a child’s progress, strengths, and areas of improvement. However, traditional conferences where the teacher talks and parents listen are becoming less and less effective. Interactive parent-teacher conferences, where both parties actively participate, are essential to parent engagement. Benefits of Interactive […]